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A Short Story About A War

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As the title suggests, A Short Story About A War is a concept album that tells a story. The story of a fictional world consumed by war, with various factions and philosophies clashing, and in the middle of it all, one character weaving their way through themes of migration, environment, economics, politics, and most critically, the deepest parts of our spirit.

The StoryAs the title suggests, A Short Story About A War is a concept album that tells a story: The story of a fictional world...

The Story

As the title suggests, A Short Story About A War is a concept album that tells a story: The story of a fictional world consumed by war, with various factions and philosophies clashing, and in the middle of it all, one character who doesn’t believe in the power of bullets. This character is convinced that everyone has simply bought into this illusion that drives them to live in fear and conflict. Is he dangerously delusional himself? Simply naive? Or perhaps right? In any case, the album takes us into these characters and their world, which in turn provides an interesting window into our own. The poetic storytelling weaves its way through themes of migration, the environment, economics, politics, and most critically, the deepest parts of our spirit.  

The Music

This fictional world and all of its rich metaphors come alive musically in exciting and impactful ways, and there is room for empathy within the density and chaos of these real and imagined war zones. The lyrics are layered, the delivery is wildly varied, and the production is detailed and experimental. There are shifting moods, tempos, pitches, and time signatures. There is silence. And there are raps and singing that range from angry and impassioned to calm and even joyful.  

This music was created in collaboration with dozens of musicians and engineers: from genre-less luminaries like Kaytranada, 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red, and Lido Pimienta, to crafty indie rockers Yukon Blonde, and Toronto rap vets Ian Kamau, Eternia, and DJ T Lo. Their contributions bring multiple textures and colours to the singular vision of a unique and compelling artist.  

Product Details

WAV Files
16-bit/44.1k
MP3 Files
320 kbps
Label
Secret City Records

Production Credits

Recording Engineer
Crispin Day
Additional Engineering
Michael Darolfi / Elijah Walsh
Additional Production
Crispin Day / Shadrach Kabango
Mixing
Dan Weston

Musicians

Shadrach Kabango
Vocals
Andrew Forde
Violin
Ian Koiter
Rhodes / Piano / Strings / Synths / Bass
Thomas Moffett
Trumpet
Joseph Manzoli
Electric Guitar
pHoenix Pagliacci / Steven Mulcare
Additional Vocals
Ricardo Del Mundo / Matthew Johnston / Dan Weston / Paul Murphy
Additional Production

Composition Credits

Intro: Sniper
Shadrach Kabango / Matthew Johnston
The Revolution/The Establishment
Shadrach Kabango / Matthew Johnston
Shadrach Kabango / Terence K T Lo
Get It Got It Good Intro
Shadrach Kabango / Ricardo Del Mundo
The Fool Pt 1 (Get It Got It Good)
Shadrach Kabango / Ricardo Del Mundo
Magic Intro
Shadrach Kabango / Ricardo Del Mundo
Magic
Shadrach Kabango / Tim Hill / Lido Pimienta
The Fool Pt 2 (Water)
Shadrach Kabango / Rich Kidd / DJ Khalil
Sniper Interlude
Shadrach Kabango / Ricardo Del Mundo
Peace/War
Shadrach Kabango / Paul Chin
The Fool Pt 3 (Frame Of Mind)
Shadrach Kabango / Kaytranada
Another Year
Shadrach Kabango / Ricardo Del Mundo / Ian Kamau / Eternia
All I Need
Shadrach Kabango / Terence K T Lo / Thomas D'Arcy / Jeffrey Innes / James Bull