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The Minor Arcana are the brainchild of musician-poet Matthew Landis, composer, pianist and lead singer for the ensemble. The band's full-length debut Emotional Alchemy is built around a blunt, hooky intensity as well as an overtly brainy approach to lyrical themes and musical arrangement. “Emotional alchemy,” the frontman explains, “is the process through which we convince ourselves that hope is warranted.”

Matthew Landis is best known internationally as the menacing keyboardist for the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Local audiences in his Philadelphia hometown will recognize him as a sideman to standout artists like Ross Bellenoit, Joshua Park and Liz Fullerton. His poetry was compiled in a 2010 chapbook, Like A Moth From His Dead Mouth.

Guitarist and composer Carl Cheeseman (Papertrees, Sweetheart Parade) joins Landis in defining the Arcana's searing yet densely orchestrated sound. Iconic drummer Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails), who joined Landis on multiple Inferno tours, contributes his trademark ferocity and intelligence to the ensemble. 

Other key contributors include prolific bassist Philip D'Agostino (Hezekiah Jones, Wissahickon Chicken Shack) and percussionist Tony Mascara. In the studio, the Arcana are augmented by a quartet of impressive singers: Dawn Iulg, The Wadsworth Sisters, and Todd Barneson (The Lowlands, Ben Arnold). Also imported from the Inferno crew are Peter Hess and Ken Thompson on horns.

Accomplished producer-engineer Jeff Hiatt (Chris Kasper, Like Moving Insects) presided over the Minor Arcana's maiden voyage in the studio, co-producing the debut record with Landis and Cheeseman. The Minor Arcana will release Emotional Alchemy in spring 2011 and tour in support through the rest of the year.



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