April 13, 2017 - Moore to play on Matheos' instrumental project Tuesday the Sky
Kevin Moore will be appearing as a guest musician on the upcoming debut album of Tuesday the Sky, an ambient instrumental rock project that is the brainchild of Fates Warning and OSI guitarist Jim Matheos.  The 10-track album, titled Drift, is slated for release through InsideOut Music on June 30, according to the music news website Blabbermouth.  Moore will play on two songs with other guests including God is an Astronaut drummer Lloyd Hanney and Anna Lynne-Williams, who has performed under the stage name Lotte Kestner and is a vocalist and guitarist in the indie pop band Trespassers William.

"With this kind of music, it's a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music," Matheos said in the Blabbermouth article.  Of possible live performances, he said: "It would be a challenge to bring this project but it is an interesting idea and one I would at least consider if there seems to be enough interest."

Tuesday the Sky is said to explore "expansive textures and ambient electronica" and take cues from artists such as Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky, according to Blabbermouth.  Matheos said the project came together during the downtime between Fates Warning releasing its 2016 album Theories of Flight and the beginning of the band's current tour cycle.

To read the full Blabbermouth article, click here: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/fates-warning-jim-matheos-to-release-debut-album-from-instrumental-rock-project-tuesday-the-sky/


March 9, 2017 - DT vocalist James LaBrie recalls first conversation with Moore
Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie recently recalled his first interaction with the progressive metal pioneers in the early 1990s, which came in the form of a phone call with original keyboardist Kevin Moore.  The singer's reflections were shared in a video interview posted online this week by The Dream Theater World, which describes itself as the band's official worldwide fan club.  The interview was done in promotion of the band’s 25th anniversary tour for its 1992 breakthrough album, Images and Words.

"Kevin Moore was actually the first one I spoke to in the band," LaBrie said in the interview.  "He's the one that called me up and said, 'Hey, you know, we heard your tape.  Man, you know, we want you to come down and seriously consider jamming with us.'  I said, 'Hey, you know, sounds good. Can you send me some of your stuff?'  I said, ‘What do you guys do?’  And Kevin said, ‘Oh, we’re like progressive hard rock – metal.’  I said, ‘What?  Really?’  You know, I’m a huge Rush fan, so I was like, ‘Really, like Rush?’  And Kevin’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah – that’s a great example.  Rush, man.’  And I went, ‘Really, okay, I gotta hear this stuff.'"

LaBrie continued, "So they got me [the band's 1989 debut album] When Dream and Day Unite, and they got me a few songs from Images and Words that they had already been working on.  Needless to say I was like, ‘What the hell is going on here?  This is phenomenal.'"

To see the full interview, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IfuMAzw96s


Feb. 27, 2017 - Moore posts streaming version of "Mission" demo on YouTube
Kevin Moore posted on YouTube today a streaming version of "Mission," the first demo released through his Chroma Key Patreon campaign.  The five-minute song, originally shared with his supporters in December 2015, was the first music released by Moore under the Chroma Key name since 2004's Graveyard Mountain Home album.

"Here's a link to the 'Mission' demo I just put up on YouTube," Moore said in a post on Patreon.  "Let me know if you have any suggestions / ideas/ changes...  Please share!"

The YouTube version comes a few weeks after the keyboardist polled his Patreon patrons about making the demo releases available to stream online to help promote the new music, with an overwhelming majority of the 242 voters in support of the idea.  Moore posted the video on a new YouTube account created under the Chroma Key name.

At the time of the demo's initial release in 2015, Moore said: "The song was built up around a guitar melody by Jim Matheos (heard in the choruses).  The lyrics are from the poem 'Mission' by Leonard Cohen (from Book of Longing).  I'll have to change them if I decide to include this song on an album!"

Since launching the campaign, Moore has released three demo tracks and four bonus songs.  In addition to "Mission," he shared "Bonewalk" in December 2016 and "4-Track" in February 2017.  The first two bonus tracks were instrumental versions of "Mission" and "Bonewalk."  The two most recent bonus tracks were "I Got Nothing," which was recorded over a decade ago in Turkey, and an instrumental version of "4-Track."

To hear the streaming version of "Mission" on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sswCTo1yAVk


Feb. 24, 2017 - Kscope announces reissue of OSI's Blood; release date of April 7
Independent record label Kscope has announced that it is currently taking pre-orders for a reissue of OSI's 2009 album Blood, which was the band's third studio album and the first to feature drummer Gavin Harrison.  The reissue will be in both CD and LP formats.  Pre-orders are available through Burning Shed, an online label and store founded by Tim Bowness, who appears as a guest vocalist on the OSI song, "No Celebrations."

"Marking its first appearance on LP, the album is available as a double 180g vinyl release in gatefold cover," Burning Shed said on its website.  "Pre-order for 7th April release."


Originally released in 2009, OSI's Blood album includes guest performances from Opeth vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt on the song, "Stockholm," and No-Man vocalist Tim Bowness on the song, "No Celebrations."  The latter track appears on the Blood's bonus disc.

To pre-order the reissue of Blood, click here: https://www.burningshed.com/store/osi/


Feb. 9, 2017 - Moore shares two bonus tracks through CK Patreon campaign
Kevin Moore has given fans two bonus tracks in a 24-hour span.  The keyboardist shared a new bonus track, titled "I Got Nothing," as well as an instrumental version of last week's demo song, titled "4-Track," through his Chroma Key Patreon campaign.  The first tune, which is 2:02 in length, was recorded over a decade ago in Turkey.

"This time I thought I'd pick out something obscure from the archives...," Moore said of "I Got Nothing" in a post on Patreon.  "Here's an instrumental I recorded one afternoon for my friend Theron Patterson's radio show on Açık Radyo in Istanbul back in 2005.  It's a playful, stretched out groove that kind of goes along with this month's synth-groove theme."

As for the instrumental version of "4-Track," Moore said: "Aside from being instrumental, the only other difference is I brought up the Rhodes part during Verses 3&4, since it roughly mimics the vocal part in that section."

Since launching the campaign, Moore has released three demo tracks and four bonus songs to fans.  The first song, titled "Mission," was posted in December 2015 and was the first music released by Moore under the Chroma Key name since 2004's Graveyard Mountain Home.  The second song, titled "Bonewalk," was posted in December 2016 and the third track, titled "4-Track," was posted last week.  The first two bonus tracks were instrumental versions of "Mission" and "Bonewalk," respectively.

To visit the Chroma Key Patreon page, click here: https://www.patreon.com/chromakey?ty=h


Feb. 4, 2017 - Moore shares third demo track, "4-Track," through Patreon
We officially have our first Chroma Key song of 2017!  Kevin Moore has shared a third demo through his Chroma Key Patreon campaign, which launched in 2015 and invited fans to pledge an amount of their choosing to help fund new music.  The 3:46 song is titled "4-Track."

"Here's a very synthy new track for 2017," Moore said in a post on Patreon.  "4-Track was mostly programmed on the Maschine.  I played the drum patterns in real time, edited them for some variations, then added the bass, synth and Rhodes
parts.  Later, I imported everything into Ableton Live where I tracked vocals and... more synth.  I kept adding new synth parts until my Mac became frustrated and threatened to leave me.  I hope you're satisfied."


The tune is the third released to fans through the Chroma Key Patreon campaign.  The first song, titled "Mission," was posted in December 2015 and was the first music released by Moore under the Chroma Key name since 2004's Graveyard Mountain Home.  The second song, titled "Bonewalk," was released last month.  That track was mastered by Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, who also mastered and mixed Fates Warning's 2016 album, Theories of Flight.


To visit the Chroma Key Patreon page, click here: https://www.patreon.com/chromakey?ty=h