AYREON / STAR ONE mastermind ARJEN LUCASSEN is gearing up to release a video for the song ‘Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin’, taken from his new album, Lost In The New Real:
“From the beginning, Arjen had the idea of giving a ‘cover’ to the most visual songs of the record. This is song is about a service provider in the future. This store will create a perfect virtual band for you. ‘You can’t find your ideal band? No problem! We will create it for you! You love THEA BEATLES, DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN? We will generate the perfect amalgam of all three specially for you!’ or something like that!
For the graphics, it was obvious that we needed something vintage with an analog look. Something in the line of Hipgnosis and Hugh Syme. Colorful and psychedelic. Let yourself be lured by this trippy image and imagine you were transported to 1969! Enjoy the flight!”
Lost In The New Real entered the official Dutch album charts at #16 and the Dutch alternative chart at #2.The album was released on May 8th in North America via InsideOut.
‘The New Real’
‘Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin’
‘Parental Procreation Permit’
‘When I’m A Hundred Sixty-Four’
‘Don’t Switch Me Off’
‘Dr Slumber’s Eternity Home’
‘Yellowstone Memorial Day’
‘Where Pigs Fly’
‘Lost In The New Real’
* Bonus CD Rom section: “Behind The New Real”
‘Our Imperfect Race’
‘Welcome To The Machine’ (PINK FLOYD cover)
‘So Is There No God?’
‘Veteran Of The Psychic Wars’ (BLUE ÖYSTER CULTCover)
‘The Social Recluse’
‘Battle Of Evermore’ (LED ZEPPELIN Cover)
‘The Space Hotel’
‘Some Other Time’ (ALAN PARSONS PROJECT Cover)
‘You Have Entered The Reality Zone’
‘I’m The Slime’ (FRANK ZAPPA Cover)
* Bonus CD Rom section: “The Artwork”
This short video introduces you to some of the guest musicians appearing on Lost In The New Real:
The story of Lost In The New Real follows Mr. L, a twenty-first century man who was cryopreserved at the moment of clinical death from a terminal disease. The album begins as Mr. L is being revived at a point in the distant future, when technology has advanced enough to cure his disease. Mr L finds himself in a world that has drastically changed — to the point that the line between what’s real and what’s not is no longer clear.
Mr. L’s appointed psychological advisor (played by legendary screen actor Rutger Hauer) is tasked with helping him emotionally adapt to this strange new world. The songs on CD1 follow the main character Mr. L’s emotional journey as he is confronted with both serious and comical aspects of the “New Real”, and desperately tries to decide if he can find a meaningful place within it.
CD2 is a mix of songs that are part of the concept but didn’t fit on CD1, and cover songs that are (more or less) related to the concept. As Arjen’s fans have come to expect, informative and humorous ‘behind the scenes’ videos are added to both CDs as CD-rom tracks. This beautiful 2-CD Limited Edition Mediabook is illustrated by the striking artwork of Claudio Bergamin.
Check out a trailer below: