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    Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:05:05

    Collective Soul's Dean Roland Forms New Project - It's called Magnets & Ghosts - photo: Lee Clower Photography

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    Dean Roland, a founding member of hit makers Collective Soul, and producer/musician Ryan Potesta will release of their first musical collaboration Mass under the Magnets & Ghosts banner. The two Atlanta-based musicians first met when Potesta left Berklee College of Music and signed on to work with Collective Soul on their release, Afterwords. Down the road their bond continued to strengthen over their love for musical honesty and artistic chances and in late 2010 the two began writing sessions.

    After nine months of recording, Magnets & Ghosts completed their first full-length album entitled Mass. "I was amazed at what transpired on the first few nights," says Roland. "We had something to say and similar ideas about a sound that we wanted to capture it with. Both Ryan and I definitely connected on the idea of writing a group of songs that varied in themes but together formed a complete thought. But some of the most memorable moments in our recording process came when we would remove any notion of traditional songwriting and let the sounds become lyrical. Out of those moments came songs like 'Mass' and 'Half Awake.'"

    Magnets & Ghosts' 11-song album showcases the wide array of musical influences and styles the duo posses. While talking about songs, both of the members had a lot to share. Comments Potesta, "To me, 'Mass' (the song,) is really the beginning of 'our sound.' The way that it fell into place was truly beautiful. The combined work and flow was so natural that we never questioned what we were doing while creating it. The next day when we came in to listen to "Mass" with fresh ears, we knew that we had made another strong step in our desired direction. We really wanted to take chances and embody the articles that make us fall in love with records."

    Mass will be digitally released and available on iTunes and Amazon.com on Nov. 1.

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    For more on Magnets and Ghosts, check out their Facebook Page. Tell 'em we sent you.

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    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.14.11

    photo: Lee Clower Photography



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