Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2nd, 2016 - A Random Synchronicity

Good afternoon and happy Friday!  The Meista here getting the weekend started off right with a kick-ass brew and rockin' album... 2 Row Brewing's Random IPA and "Synchronicity" by The Police!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Police
  • Title: "Synchronicity"
  • Recorded: December 1982 through February 1983 at AIR Studios in Montserrat and Le Studio in Quebec
  • Release date: June 17th, 1983 (5th and final album by The Police)1969-04-16)
  • Record company: A&M Records
  • Production: The Police and Hugh Padgham
  • Album cover art: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff, Norman Moore, and Vartan (art direction), Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff and Norman Moore (design), and Duane Michals (photography)
  • Personnel: Stewart Copeland (drums, xylophone, and miscellaneous percussion instruments), Sting (bass guitar, keyboards, lead and backing vocals, oboe, drum machine on "Synchronicity I", and saxophone on "O My God"), and Andy Summers (electric guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, and lead vocals on "Mother")
  • Musical style: Rock, pop, art rock, post punk, new wave, world music, and hints of reggae rock (which were more prevalent on their earlier albums)
  • Sound: Richly complex and wonderfully written, produced, and executed, "Synchronicity" is a fascinated album sonically speaking.  Multiple musical styles are incorporated.  Although the raw more reggae-centric sound of earlier albums is gone, this is probably the band's crowning musical achievement... simply wonderful!
  • Major themes: Inspired by Arthur Koestler's book The Roots of Coincidence, which examined theories of parapsychology, including extrasensory perception and psychokinesis and Carl Jung's theory of synchronicity, the album's themes include deterioration of the nuclear family, history, extinction, paranoia, obsession, pain, love, and hope.
  • Notes: The three band members recorded their parts in separate rooms: Stewart Copeland in a dining room, Sting in the studio control booth, and Andy Summers in the actual studio.  The band members weren't speaking at the time and Sting and Copeland actually came to blows at one point.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Synchronicity I"
  2. "Walking In Your Footsteps"
  3. "O My God"
  4. "Mother"
  5. "Miss Gradenko"
  6. "Synchronicity II"
  7. "Every Breathe You Take"
  8. "King Of Pain"
  9. "Wrapped Around Your Finger"
  10. "Tea In The Sahara"
  11. "Murder By Numbers" (bonus track on the CD and cassette only)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Midvale, Utah)
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  • Brew: Random IPA
  • Style: Imperial / Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Ingredients: 7 different hop varieties
  • Pour: It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy, bright white, 2-finger head with great retention and lots of intricate sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a big hop blast of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit with sweet malt.  There are aromas of pine resin, grapefruit rind, tangerine, lemon zest, lime, mango, passion fruit, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose... big citrus, tropical fruit, and earthy pine.  There are notes of pine, cedar, juicy pink grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, black tea, bitter herbs, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is sticky, oily, yet crisp and smooth with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

Overall pairing: 
I put together this particular pairing for 2 specific reasons: 1) I adore both this album and this brew! 2) I think the complex and punchy hop flavors of 2 Row's Random IPA works great with the profoundly powerful, well-written, and sheer pop-rock genius of  "Synchronicity"!


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