Sad news for the New Year: Australian band Unitopia have decided to split-up and pursue other projects individually.
Keyboard player Sean Timms sent an update to fans on the 24th of January, stating: "Mark (Trueack) and I have decided to call an end to Unitopia." While remaining best of friends, they both felt that the time was right to pursue other projects. This is NOT a falling-out, it is a creative decision.
They leave a catalogue of sophisticated rock music with prog elements, marrying strong baritone vocals, crunchy guitars, spacey keyboards, and a clearly pastoral philosophy lyrically. Although small, it is an impressive catalogue, culminating in a masterpiece called Artificial.
Their last effort, aptly titled Covered Mirror, Vol. 1, was a collection of songs that either influenced or were beloved by the band. They covered them in their inimitable style, bringing a new perspective to those classic songs while retaining their essence. Unfortunately there will not be a Volume 2.
This split doesn't mean that there won't be any more Unitopia music released. As Sean writes:
"Matt is busy working on the More Than a Dream Expanded, Revisited and Re-mastered edition and it’s about 60% complete... We won’t promise a release date, as we don’t want to disappoint. Let’s just say that it will be sometime next year.
"Also, we have an epic song on the next Decameron concept album released later this year on the Musea label.
"The Turn Left project has been shelved, but some of the songs that have been written will appear on Mark’s and my solo projects."
So this is goodbye. It was great while it lasted.