As posted by the Faith No More Blog on Facebook, in an interview with Diffuser.fm, avant-garde composer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Pateras revealed that he has a new duo project with Mike Patton. The pair are dubbed tētēma (stylized in lowercase) and have produced an album Geocidal (Ipecac), due on December 8th. The two artists have performed together and recorded in the past, with Pateras notably opening for Patton’s Mondo Cane project a few times. This news is on the heels of an already productive year for Patton who has been touring with his numerous bands, and releasing an new single and prepping an new album for 2015 with Faith No More. Pateras, from Australia, is of international renown for his compositions, and prolific output which has seen him put out 18 releases this decade alone.
Pateras said of the collaboration:
“Geocidal started when I locked myself in an ex-convent in rural France for 10 days to think about rhythm and sound,” explained Pateras. “I then went to Paris to record the drums and prepared piano with Will Guthrie…that was the first thing to go down, then all kinds of analogue electronics, followed by orchestrations including strings, winds, brass and orchestral percussion. This process took about a year and a half, and we started to add vocals in January of this year when I visited Mike in San Francisco. We had the craziest 48 hours together, and somewhere in between finishing each other’s thoughts, it became apparent to us that this music was going to be very, very special.”