The Bletchley Park
Project was assembled during the last days of the millennium as
a musical think tank. Inspired by an album concept written by Dan
Burke and Leandro Vera, the group gathered in San Luis Obispo,
push the boundaries of recorded music in a format they call
novelistic music. "We're essentially trying to do for music what
Michelangelo Antonioni did for film," says Dan Burke. "While writers
like Hemmingway and Kerouac explored what the French call the
littérature du regard,
or the 'literature of the look,' The Bletchley Park Project is
taking music as close to the form and sensibility of the
contemporary novel as any other musical artists today. We decided we
don't want to just entertain with our music, we want to tell a story."
The band's first release, The Bletchley Park Project, received
great critical acclaim among peers and industry insiders.
Their follow-up album, Mirror Root, shows their growth as
production artists and musicians. All band members are currently
exploring their own material for future NPN releases.
This sequel to the The Bletchley Park Project illuminates the heights, depths, clarity and soundscape-style of
novelistic music. Written by Leandro Vera while he was in the
rainforests of Costa Rica, and recorded over the cycle of a
calendar year, these songs weave together the parallel themes of
love, family, freedom and the ache of remembering. This album
features wide vocal
harmonies, crystal clear Spanish guitar, melodic bass lines, atmospheric
synthesizers, driving drums, and a deep mirror for gazing
at your own reflection.
Mirror Root is an album that keeps on giving. From the
first listen forward, the mystic messages and production artistry
will continue to unfold before your imagination. An evening of
listening is time well spent with Mirror Root.
"This is our chance...this heart will never close...will you wake
it be our luck for dreaming...strange is the feeling of
awakening...the vast illusion of our minds...let go of yourself"
December, 2000 - December, 2001
Bletchley Park Project
The debut album from The Bletchley Park Project does not fit snugly
into any existing framework or category of 21st Century music. As a story for the mind's eye,
this music leads the listener through a three act interplay of
timeless and melodic songs from the edge of the Saturn Return
experience. This seamless 45 minute progressive, masculine,
psychedelic, folk-rock opera was recorded, edited and mixed in 18
days. Almost all of these songs were developed by Dan Burke and Leandro Vera
during a non-stop road-trip from Chicago to San Francisco via Santa
The creation of this album reunited friends and introduced lovers,
opened minds and inspired awakenings. Every ounce of magic from this
recording session is captured on this
"He paints a picture in his mind...these tentacles do not
hold...will you walk me...all that I have to do is want to be...the
stark impermanence of life...my mind tends to wander...these are the
messages...now you think that maybe your maps are fake...I break
down too easily...there's only Now"