Cynic release guitar play-through video for “Evolutionary Sleeper”

Paul Masvidal has released a new remarkable play-through video for the track “Evolutionary Sleeper”, which was taken from the album ‘Traced in Air’ (2008). You can admire the progressive guitarist demonstrating his art at the link below.

Paul Masvidal comments:

“‘Evolutionary Sleeper’ was the acorn for all that became ‘Traced in Air’. Fans have been asking for a play-through of this song since it was released in 2008, and here it is! Thanks to Ivan and Positive Grid ????.”

CYNIC recently released the brand new track “Humanoid”, which marks the first new music from the progressive pioneers since the Americans’ 2014 full-length, ‘Kindly Bent To Free Us’.

“Humanoid” is now streaming via the link below.

Paul Masvidal commented:

“‘Humanoid’ is a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter. We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It’s quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else.”

The artwork for “Humanoid” features a detail from the painting “Ayahuasca Dream” by Robert Venosa, CYNIC’s longtime collaborator and celebrated artist, who sadly passed away in 2011.

“Humanoid” was recorded by Paul Masvidal and longtime CYNIC bassist Sean Malone. The song also and marks the debut of the band’s new drummer, Matt Lynch, who brings a renewed sense of energy to CYNIC’s rhythm section.To mix “Humanoid”, CYNIC partnered with renowned engineer Adam “Nolly” Getgood.

Malone comments:

“Nolly’s approach is equal parts expertise and intuition. Working with him was quick, clear, but most of all, musical.”

In other news, a new Paul Masvidal signature instrument, the “Masvidalien Cosmo”, has just been released by Strandberg, the company founded in 2007 by Swedish native Ola Strandberg

Paul Masvidal comments Masvidal comments:

“Strandberg breaks new ground yet again. Kabir, the 15th century Indian mystic poet said ‘Wherever you are is the entry point”, and the Masvidalien Cosmo captures this spirit as a instrument.”When I first started conversations with Ola about the guitar, words such as ‘effortless’, ‘ease’, ‘elegance’, and ‘versatility’ came to mind. Not only was this captured with the instrument, but it was also taken further. The finished product managed to strike a rare alchemy, where everything from the way it sounds, feels, and appears fell seamlessly into place: the guitar both expresses and is itself an expression.”

Strandberg is in a league of its own, holding the greatness of progressive design at its heart. Ola’s work benefits the present by not being bound to it. It’s truly an honor to be working with a visionary company like Strandberg.”


Current line-up

Paul Masvidal: vocals, guitars, keyboards

Sean Malone: bass, stick

Matt Lynch: drums

Style: Progressive Rock


Official biography:

More CYNIC news and tour updates will be made available through the Season of Mist website

Press statements

“CYNIC should be understood not so much alongside any metal bands, but along with such radical harmonic progressives in the last 45 years of pop and jazz as Milton Nascimento, the Beach Boys or Pat Metheny.”  The New York Times”Cynic makes technical, progressive sounding music sound fun and emotional. These guys are masterful technical musicians, but more importantly, they are great songwriters.” Pop Matters”Cynic have returned with an elemental power. They are defying gravity at every turn with music that seems lighter than air.” MetalSucks

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