Fragments in the Maze - cover


Chris Russell, eyes cast down
earthMANTRA eM2032
Aug. 22, 2023

eyes cast down blog:
The Making of the Album

1. Portal Villa-Lobos 10.24
2. Changed by Stardust 8.16
3. Fragments in the Maze 10.24
4. Touch of Satie 7.50
5. Chords of Life 10.08
6. Polar Vortex 27.40


Five years in the making, this second collaboration with Chris Russell is my first album not to be self-released. I’m thrilled to become a part of the venerable earthMANTRA digital label, whose roster includes Chris, Lucette Bourdin, Lily Pond Orchestra, Andrew Lahiff, Palancar and so many others.

My guitar atmospheres on this project melded nicely with Chris’ otherworldly sci-fi-tinged synth zones. Chris’ parts, reminiscent of his outstanding release Portal, also hearkened back to our 2014 album Memory Palace.

I took inspiration from classical composers for my parts on two pieces, which ended up being reflected in their titles.

Big thanks to Chris for being a terrific music partner, to earthMANTRA’s Geoff Small for accepting the album for release, and to Steve Brand for its cover layout. Artwork by Luis Tomasello.