Deck is a new musical project featuring a song for all 52 playing cards in a deck

Back on April Fool’s Day, I posted about The Music of the Beatles as Channeled in 1958 by the Echo Lake Home for the Potentially Clairvoyant, a chilling transmedia project of telepathic Beatles covers created by Hallelujah the Hills, a group who SPIN Review once called “criminally underrated”. It’s a neat musical/fictional experience that’s still worth checking out (even without the April Fool’s Day illusion).

To follow up on this ambitious program, Hallelujah the Hills has announced a new project called PLATFORM – a collection of 52 songs, with a song for each card in a deck of playing cards. Excerpt from the group’s newsletter:

here’s how PLATFORM will work: 52 songs spread over four 13-song albums, one for each costume. Diamonds: a good studio follow-up for I am faster, dirtier, punkier lo-fi songs. Hearts: a sparse album, mainly acoustic, but carefully orchestrated, full of tears. Spikes: an experimental free-form disc. ♣ ♦ ♥ ♠, understand?

The project is published on an ongoing basis by Patreon, although the completed albums will of course be compiled together and later released to normal music venues (and of course these releases will also come with their own specially designed decks). In a free post Here too, the group details the project a little more:

Play it close to the chest, play your cards right, use your trump, it’s a house of cards, it’s not in the cards, the hand you’ve been dealt in life, the cards are stacked against you, you have an ace up your sleeve, it’s a joker, let’s lay our cards on the table, let’s show your hand, he’s missing a few cards, let’s raise the stakes, he’ll call, I’ve got an ace in the hole, like a royal flush, oh wow, he doubled down, keep it above the board, give it to me, call your bluff, she’s got a great poker face, I’ve got it in spades… the language of the game is absolutely integrated into our daily discourse.

I started noticing all of this because I kept asking myself, “What’s the most common nod to magic or the occult in our modern culture?” What’s the most outlandish thing that’s been so normalized and absorbed into today’s society that we don’t even notice it anymore?” I’d like to argue that it’s about playing cards. The deck. From the beginning, in the 1300s, playing cards were used as a form of divination – cartology, spellwork – and they are the direct ancestor of the tarot card.It is a tightly crafted and designed system of symbols, imbued of mystery, magic, history and power and it is literally everywhere.We use the deck for games, betting, prediction, scams, magic tricks, mathematical models of probability, as support for secret messages and now we are going to use the structure of a deck to create an ambitious musical project called DECK.

It’s definitely an ambitious project, but I can’t wait to see where it goes. The two songs released so far — 3 from Clubs’ “Superstuck on you“and the jack of diamonds”God is so lonely tonight– are both cool on their own.

PLATFORM [Hallelujah the Hills / Patreon]