Finally Chimpan A will in ten days release their sophomore album The Empathy Machine. This project is the brainchild of Rob Reed (Magenta, Kompendium, Sanctuary) and famed Welsh vocalist Steve Balsamo. The album has been 14 years in the making, as the band’s debut was released in 2006. This is a far more progressive offering than the debut, but still has the same mixture of pop, spoken word and classical textures. The track Speed Of Love,
Steve Balsamo (Jon Lord, Eric Woolfson) : Vocals, throat singing
Robert Reed (Magenta, Cyan, Kompendium): Keyboards, drum programming, guitars and bass.
Tony Dallas: spoken word
Rosalie Deighton, Christina Booth, Kirstie Roberts: vocals
Shan Cothi: soprano vocal
Rachel Mari Kimba: cello
Steve Roberts: Live drums
So, what is the Empathy Machine? Steve Balsamo: It might be a machine in the future that will be able to record how we’re feeling. That was the main theme.
Rob Reed: It’s a form of virtual reality that can mess with your whole way of thinking, and can bring up your deepest, darkest desires. Digitally!
Balsamo: We’ve been working on this album now for an amazing 14 years, since the original album back in 2006.
Reed: It’s been different. Usually you look back on a record with some regrets over time. We’ve been able to park the record for months at a time, and when you come back, you can see the flaws, but there has to be a time when you finally say…its done.