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Mystery Loves Company / Blog

The Hystory of the Mystery... by Carlos A. Machado

I’m a self-taught guitar player and songwriter. While I’ve always considered myself a writer, I never thought of myself as a singer or musician. I started hitting the Houston open mic scene in early 2012 after a rough 2011 left me with a desire to try new things and grow in new directions. I had been writing songs as a hobby for more than 10 years with absolutely no intent to pursue a career in music, but after starting to perform them I felt the need to keep doing it…

I met Madeline at an open mic at the Mucky Duck in October of 2012. She played and sang a couple of covers with a friend on her cello. I’d been looking for a cellist to collaborate with on a couple of songs, so I immediately went up to her and gave her a business card. Coincidentally, she was hoping to collaborate with someone and do something new with her 20+ years of experience and musical education. I sent her a couple of songs (crudely recorded on my phone) and we met the next weekend for a jam session. She showed me a couple of ideas which were not at all what I had in mind, but the result was so unique I knew right away we had something worth pursuing.

By the spring of 2013 we had been performing around town and were looking for a third piece/songwriter. We needed something with enough edge (like a sax or electric guitar) to take the lead when needed, but enough sensibility to blend with the cello on the more classical aspects of our sound. The clarinet came up as an option in a couple of conversations, but we didn’t have much hope of finding a clarinet player willing to step out of the classical world and take a chance on the rock scene. In May 2013 we met Alauna at Avant Garden warming up for a gig. Alauna had a long history of classical, jazz, and improvisational performance, with the latter part of his musical career being devoted almost entirely to avant-garde/unstructured improvisation. We invited him for a jam session, and within a short time we knew we had what we were looking for.

We launched a Kickstarter campaign in July of 2013, and by the end of August, we began working on the record, A Mystery Yet Unknown, with a very modest budget and an aggressive self-imposed deadline. Having released a Demo/EP earlier in the year (the Worlds Collide EP), we were looking for a true representation of who we are as a band, as musicians, and as performers.

A Mystery Yet Unknown represents our thoughts about what a record should be—a single meaningful experience from beginning to end—as well as a good indication of what to expect from us in a live setting. To this end we recorded straight/unedited tracks with multiple instruments simultaneously whenever possible. Rather than compile our 10 favorite songs into a marketable package, we built this record the way we build our performances, with moments and movements instead of tracks, letting the set itself dictate what belonged and what didn’t. In my opinion the result is a record with its own voice and personality, and because of this approach we are happy to say there is much more to come…

Having spent every penny raised, and some of our own pennies, A Mystery Yet Unknown was released just over a month ago at Molly’s Pub Downtown. It is available at Cactus Music (in Houston), our website (www.mysteryloves.com), and online retailers (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon, etc…)

Debut Album Release

Well... the time is finally here...

We are very excited to announce that our debut album (A Mystery Yet Unknown) is now in production and will be released next week! If you have the opportunity, we'd love to see you in person at the release party. The details are on our page.

And please take a moment to help us build a little hype for this album by Liking and Sharing our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mystery-Loves-Company/490067237683389).

It is worth mentioning that this album would not have been possible without such progressive ideas as crowd-funding and companies like Kickstarter who embrace them. And of course, those ideas would only be platforms without the support of the wonderful people we're blessed to call our fans, who gave so generously in support of this effort.

This album is us... from beginning to end. The necessity to produce an album independently, like all necessities, is not without great opportunity and reward. We poured ourselves completely and openly into the making of this project, and regardless of the outcome, we will always be proud of it because we did it the way we thought was right.

We do, of course, hope you like it, and we hope wherever it goes, it will do some good.

Have a great weekend!

Kickstarter project

We have launched a Kickstarter project for our Debut album, which will be the best representation to date of the band's sound, philosophy, and feel.

Check it out at www.mysteryloves.info

Worlds Collide EP


We are very excited to announce that our Worlds Collide EP is now available...

Check it out at mysteryloves.com