By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, July 27, 2014

Instrumental band Set and Setting has released the first track off their upcoming album A Vivid Memory. Titled “Coping,” the song moves along at a faster pace and has a very aggressive feel before transitioning into atmospheric melodies. It grabbed me right from the start and has made this a release I’m eagerly anticipating. A Vivid Memory is out September 2nd, and the band will be on tour with Mouth of the Architect and North starting next month.

Instrumentalists SET AND SETTING — who describe their contemporary, abstract mixture of metal, psych, ambient and drone as “post-classical” — have unveiled the first full track from their upcoming Prosthetic debut “A Vivid Memory.” Take a listen to “Coping” in the video stream below, which showcases the album’s cover art (featured above) created by Emily Miller!

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Guitarist Shane Handal says, “‘Coping’ is from the outsider’s perspective in dealing with a loss of some sort. The start of the song is dark and aggressive, while it slowly changes into a feeling of hope and power to move on.”

Scheduled for release on Sept. 2, “A Vivid Memory” is now available for pre-order via the Prosthetic webshop, where you can purchase the album on CD, cassette tape or 180-gram black double-vinyl paired with an exclusive t-shirt. Digital pre-orders, which include “Coping” as an instant download, are also available via Bandcamp.

“A Vivid Memory” was recorded at Pinecrust Studios in Miami and was produced, engineered and mixed by Ryan Haft (Torche, Capsule). Mastering was completed by Nick Zampiello (Pelican, ISIS, Junius) at New Alliance East. Handal commented on the album: “Although ‘A Vivid Memory’ is all instrumental, it is a conceptual album based on the tragedy of loss and death from both the insider and outsider’s perspective. The themes throughout the album incorporate all cycles of emotion that typically come along with such an event in someone’s life.”

The quintet, described by MetalSucks as “dramatic and dynamic,” will continue their relentless DIY-style touring — which has earned them acclaim in the underground scene, including a nod at 2013’s “Best (Tampa) Bay Area Breakout Band” (Creative Loafing Tampa) — in August as they partake in back-to-back treks with Mouth of the Architect and North. Full dates can be found below or at Additional shows will be announced soon.


8/16 Birmingham, AL – The Forge #
8/17 New Orleans, LA – Hey! Cafe #
8/18 Little Rock, AR – TBA #
8/19 Springfield, MO – Lindbergs #
8/21 Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway *
8/22 Savannah, GA – The Jinx *
8/23 Tampa, FL – Southern Darkness Fest @ Orpheum w/ Pelican, Black Tusk, etc.
8/25 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern *
8/26 Raleigh, NC – Kings *
8/27 Richmond, VA – Gallery 5 *
8/28 Philadelphia, PA РConnie’s *
8/29 Brooklyn, NY – The Acheron *
8/30 Boston, MA – Great Scott *
* with Mouth of the Architect
# with North

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