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Aireline - Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse

Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse

Click on the image above or here to listen/buy // Also be sure to also check out other RFMusic Releases   The music of Aireline can be described as pleasantly refreshing and unique. The quartet hailing from Murfreesboro, TN fuse their rock roots with their love for classical music resulting in a sound that is […]

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A Subway Sonata

A Subway Sonata

Following on the heels of the Winter Song EP, we went back to Skye McCaskey (who recorded Wintersong EP) to see if he would be willing to lay down some more material. He agreed and we started recording some new songs. We finished four new tracks and were in the process of deciding what to do with them when the band broke up in 2005. Unfortunately, only one song was fully mixed and another one partially mixed before Aireline broke up and the other two were hardly touched. Over the years, the original sessions were lost and could not be mixed. Luckily, Skye had made us some roughs to listen to, so the songs live on if only in a pale reflection of what they were imagined to be. The lone mixed track was “Subway Sonata,” one of our favorite songs we ever wrote, which was inspired by the death of Mason’s grandfather. The partially mixed song was “Sleep on the Bottom,” a song that we got to record using the same pipe organ at Wright Music Hall at MTSU that we used years earlier on a song call “Rest Your Bones” from our first album. The remaining two tracks, “First Time” and “Blue Hands” are just raw, unmixed tracks but we love them still. They are a snapshot of where we were heading before we disbanded, and we are proud to finally share them with you after all these years.

Thanks for listening! — Aireline

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Winter Song EP

Aireline - Winter Song ep

Winter Song EP


This collection of songs started in 2002 when Skye McCaskey, a producer and friend of ours, had some down time between projects and asked if we wanted to record a song.  We jumped at the chance and recorded “Two Voices” in our practice space at the house we were living in.  As it turned out, Skye had more down time than he had anticipated and offered to keep recording.  We were able to finish the 5 tracks that we would later decide to release as the Winter Song EP over the course of a few months.  We tracked most of it in our practice space but were able to record pianos, and harpsichord at Wright Music Hall at MTSU.  After finishing the EP, Michael Eades and Sarah Jones from Skyamore approached us with the idea of hand made packaging for the release.  They came up with a beautiful design and we all gathered at Michael’s place on more than one occasion to help assemble 700 of them.  To this day, the first thing people remember about about the Winter Song EP is usually the packaging.  We think of this EP as the point where we started to find our sound and figure out where we were headed musically.

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Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse

Click to PurchaseAireline, was a quartet hailing from Murfreesboro, TN with one foot in rock and and the other in classical whose influences range from Radiohead and Sunny Day Real Estate to Johann Sebastian Bach and Krzysztof Penderecki. They founded in December 2000 and disbanded in March of 2005. Written and recorded in 2001, their first collective effort Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse was well received by both fans and critics. Originally released only in limited edition physical form, its been over a decade since these thoughtful tunes have seen the light of day.
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Here’s a bit of  the media we were able to dig up about Ocean Songs from ‘back in the day’.

The music of Aireline can be described as pleasantly refreshing and unique. The quartet hailing from Murfreesboro, TN fuse their rock roots with their love for classical music resulting in a sound that is both elegant and edgy. While decidedly more rock than Bach, Aireline incorporates elements of classical composition and orchestration complete with developing themes, well thought instrumentation, and lush arrangements. When combined with creative songwriting, a knack for good melody, and a driving rhythm section, these elements come together to form a sound that is sometimes beautiful, sometimes explosive, but always artistic and creative.

The four members of Aireline are vocalist/pianist/guitarist Mason Frenzel, guitarist/keyboardist Chris McMurtry, bassist Matt Mosley, and drummer James Foutch. First assembling in December of 2000, Aireline formed from the break-up of two prominent Nashville bands, Caesar’s Glass Box and Harmonium. Frenzel and Mosley had played together in Caesar’s Glass Box while McMurtry and Foutch were former band mates in Harmonium. When both bands broke up in the late 90’s, the newly orphaned members of Aireline saw the doors opening for a new musical home. For more than six months they rehearsed together, exploring musical ideas and experimenting with different sounds and instruments. The result was a collection of songs that would eventually comprise the majority of their first album, Ocean Songs From the Year of the Horse, recorded with producer Phil Gharib.

Since then Aireline have been playing out and touring as much as possible, winning fans and garnering support with their intense and energetic live show. Just as in their songwriting, on stage Aireline bring together their musical influences combining a lively presence that is unmistakably rock n’ roll and an understanding of their instruments that sets them apart from much of the modern rock scene.

Opening with Legionnaire, Aireline makes its case up front with a deeply considered arrangement, Mason Frenzel’s rolling piano leads and guitarist Chris McMurtry’s tense, arpeggio-laden counterpoints that recall Bends-era Radiohead. Frenzel’s vocals, meanwhile, are well matched for the high drama of the music on display here, alternating between falsetto and a kind of resigned, melancholic breathiness. On tracks such as ‘Me and The Sea’ and the pipe organ-assisted ‘Rest Your Bones’, the effect, digested with Frenzel’s acute sense of melody, is stirring. Standouts also include the dreamlike ‘How I Spent My Time In The City’, which devolves into controlled chaos, and the slinky, uptempo ‘People Like These’.

Taken as a whole, the impression that Aireline delivers on this debut, not to mention the subtly precise song structures and a secret-weapon rhythm section, make Ocean Songs From The Year Of The Horse a notable, promising release. – The Nashville Rage

Mason, Matt, and TimbreOcean Songs accomplishes the semi-rare task of having every musical part interesting on its own, but cohesing into a smooth unit when combined. Bass lines add flavor to the mix instead of just keeping the rhythm, drums that explode into a controlled frenzy or quietly keep things moving, soaring guitar solos, haunting piano, and vocals with harmonies in all the right places make up just a few of the elements that gel the album together so well.

The album presents itself strongly throughout its 42 minutes of playing time. Strangely enough, the majority of the songs have a very dark tone to them, even though they are catchy and certainly worthy of a good head-bobbing. The especially poignant album opener ‘Legionnaire’, the spooky to groove laden ‘Rest Your Bones’, the breezy to forceful ‘People Like These’, and the frantic ‘Traveling Through Dangerous Scenery are all great examples of this. –

If you’re in the mood for spacey, guitar-reverbing, piano-driven rock, then check out Aireline. Their first album, Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse, is an extremely impressive effort. The keys give a hypnotic feel to some of their songs while a pipe organ on ‘Rest Your Bones’ is reminiscent of the gravity found in a Beethoven composition or old church hymn. – Relevant Magazine

James - DrumsFrom the darkly engaging first track ‘Legionnaire’, the songs progress logically and show a band brimming with creativity and inventiveness. -Southeast Performer Magazine

‘How I Spent My Time in the City’ is a self-exposing portrayal of life; ‘The Ghosts Below’ and the entire CD, Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse is breath taking. – Sensored Magazine

These eight songs feature nearly as many pianos as guitars, but the keyboards are primarily more Bach than Ben Folds. One of the best tracks, ‘Rest Your Bones’, has as its lead instrument a commanding, glorious pipe organ. Another, ‘How I Spent My Time in the City’, wraps its meditation on urban disillusion around a mournful, classical piano cadence. Not that the keys always entirely outshine the guitars; fiery, abrasive, nearly funky six string shards disrupt throughout ‘Traveling Through Dangerous Scenery’, and a clean but metal-friendly riff opens and powers ‘The Ghosts Below’. Sometimes the stringed and keyed instruments work beautifully in tandem, as on the three-note figure that echoes back and forth between the two on ‘Legionnaire’. – Splendid

Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse, Aireline’s debut album, is a magnificent display of poetry sung to melodic alternative rock. From the first song to the last, Ocean Sons from the Year of the Horse will continue to amaze and impress any listener with the beautifully poetic lyrics…” – Score Music MagazineChris - guitar

Special Announcement: Aireline


airelineRefinersfire is proud to announce that they we will be distributing Aireline’s “Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse” and “Winter Song EP”!

Written over a decade ago these piano laden arrangements have a driving and unpredictable rhythm section and creative guitar work that is remarkably fresh and fitting to present fans of great music. Often accused of sounding more “Bach than Rock,” Aireline is a fine example of Music That Matters and is a great addition to the Refinersfire catalogue.

Look for “Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse”  Tuesday, November 5 and “Winter Song EP” the following Tuesday, November 12 right here at Refinersfire.

Until then, here’s the first two songs from each album to whet your appetite. Enjoy!

— Music That Matters