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The Royal Persuasion

by Rocket Empire

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Produced from winter 2017 to spring 2018, The Royal Persuasion marks a return to their roots for the Portland, Oregon based duo of Jon Cates and Dave Dish. After nearly 15 years of long-distance collaboration, the band has come full circle with an album that turned life’s challenges into music while being influenced by the shifting of seasons on both coasts. While previous albums have featured production by both members, Jon stepped up to the challenge of producing this entire album.

We focused on creating our own sounds by recording audio from our surroundings – from the frenetic energy of an NYC subway station to the rasp of a broom sweeping the floor to the soft swish of a toothbrush. Along with the guitars and vocals these sounds allowed us to build a rich textural soundscape that captures a snapshot of a time and place.

We also collaborated with several artists we love and respect to remix music from the album. We’re thrilled to work with Timo Maas, Aaron Sontag, and Jeromy Nail, and we couldn’t be happier with the amazing reworks they created from our songs. We can’t express how grateful we are that they took the time to collaborate with us.

We never know where our music will end up, but we hope it travels far and wide. Music is a living entity that can circle the world, bringing comfort in tough times and creating a soundtrack to your greatest memories. Thank you so much for your support and for helping us achieve the dream of sharing our music with all of you!

Credit: Nastassia Reichel


released August 24, 2018


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Rocket Empire Portland, Oregon

Rocket Empire are a Portland, Oregon based duo of Jon Cates and Dave Dish. Their sound is a fusion of acoustic indie rock and down-tempo, on level with Kruder & Dorfmeister and Nightmares on Wax. Their first two albums ‘Rocket Empire’ and ‘See Me Speak in Color’ saw heavy support from SIRIUS XM Chill and KCRW as well as KEXP. ... more

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Track Name: Ana Uhibbuka feat. The Eloi
oh, delay
and all we’ve seen

a wall
a wail
standing against the war and the enemy
the fail
a headful of silly lies and entropy
a sail
bending to the wind on invisible seas
a veil
observing the lovely face of everything

and all the times we forget names
and all the days that pass in rain
rising seas, seem the same
ignore the wind
and oh, how it will raise
because you’ve given it something to be

as the sun it sets and everyone falls asleep
as the cold extends and everyone shivers free
and the wind will rise encompassing you and me
and the sound it raises ‘till it’s all that you can see
and it burns out from you ‘till you don’t know what you believe
and all that’s left is the light of uncertainty
and the dust that’s swimming in the air you’ll never breathe

until the end

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