The Myth of Sisyphus

R55A The Myth of Sisyphus
Mark Sheeky
2021

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Track listing
1. I, Sisyphus (05:00)
2. Life in the Mirror (04:42)
3. The Exploratory Farmer (5:48)
4. Light Blue Evening (2:04)
5. Nick Drake (4:08)
6. The Spare Bedroom of Reminiscence (1:47)
7. Child Sisyphus (1:20)
8. We Shall See (2:51)
9. Fanfare for the Everworker (1:00)
10. I Care (1:44)
11. The Invisible Man (3:39)
12. The Problem of Suicide (4:18)

About this album
1. I, Sisyphus (05:00)
2. Life in the Mirror (04:42)
3. The Exploratory Farmer (5:59)
4. Light Blue Evening (2:01)
5. Nick Drake (3:51)
6. The Spare Bedroom of Reminiscence (1:47)
7. Child Sisyphus (1:20)
8. We Shall See (2:49)
9. Fanfare for the Everworker (1:00)
10. I Care (1:42)
11. The Invisible Man (3:40)
12. The Problem of Suicide (4:15)


Fostered in the extraordinary year of solitude and struggle that was 2020, this album began as an idea about working on something with care and attention in obscurity. Though not as bleak as Camus' philosophy, or directly inspired by it, I felt the need to comment on the affirmation of life vs. death too. As with much of my music, I wanted to unify the tracks musically and thematically, as well as tell as story in images. We move between a windswept hilltop and bleak interiors as we roll our rock along the eternal journey.

A Sisyphean six months in development, The Myth of Sisyphus is my first album to feature live guitars throughout as well as my usual live piano, keyboards and vocals. I upgraded my studio equipment and software several times during development, and some new audio effects made it in here. Or course, as with all of my albums, all of my effects are unique and self-designed, I don't use commercial plug-ins or samples.

CD version coming soon. Send me a message if you would like one. The first few copies sold will be signed and numbered.

Technical details
This album to includes different CD and Stream versions. Both formats are different so the music has been optimised for each. Streamed music favours individual tracks that have a definite start and end without long intros. The CD format is better for blending tracks together to form a whole-album, symphonic, listening experience.

I like a physical album with artwork, as well as the unity of the album as an art form, so the CD version will always be, for me, the definitive version. Of course, the CD version will not appear on digital platforms. It is intended to be a physical-only release. CD versions will be manufactured and shipped some time after the digital release.

The Myth of Sisyphus
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