Writ on Water
Writ on Water is a droning ambient band that throws some college rock into the mix. They have been described as having a tone that is "serious and unsettling" at the same time that is "worshipful and reflective."

After Blonde Vinyl folded, Writ on Water went through some changes and attempted to continue on. Eventually, they did release new music around 1999-2000. They went silent again for a long time and then in 2008 resurfaced with a full length and two eps. They still have plans to release music, with a proper recording of The Greyest Day being a possibility.

Jeff MacKey also has a side band called either/orwell that has released one self-titled album of experimental ambient music.
  Writ on Water
Writ on Water

Pre-Blonde Vinyl Career
The song "Stockbridge" was recorded in summer 1991. It was released through mp3.com in 2000.


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Sylph demo
Independent (1992)
Produced by Writ on Water

Jeff MacKey - vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, drum programming, bass
Daniel Johnson - bass, guitars, vocal, tape manipulation, bottle smashing
Joel Hughes - drums, guitars
Miles Williams - guitars

01) Conception 2:39 MacKey
02) Precious, Like A Child 4:40 MacKey
03) Silence Broken 7:26 Johnson / MacKey
04) The Distance Returns 4:40 MacKey
05) I Imagine Harriet 2:59 MacKey
06) Burning Heart 3:31 MacKey
07) Golden And Light 3:55 MacKey
08) Offering 1:50 Johnson
09) Raining Inside 3:52 MacKey
10) Flight 4:48 MacKey
11) Colder 9:41 MacKey

Other Information:
This is the four track demo that was recorded before Writ on Water signed with Blonde Vinyl. The only difference is track 8. Except for track 8, the track times listed above are based on official release of Sylph.

Blonde Vinyl Releases
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Sylph
BVCD3552 (1992)
Produced by Christopher Colbert and Writ on Water

Jeff MacKey - vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, drum programming, bass
Daniel Johnson - bass, guitars, vocal, tape manipulation, bottle smashing
Joel Hughes - drums, guitars
Miles Williams - guitars

01) Conception 2:39 MacKey
02) Precious, Like A Child 4:40 MacKey
03) Silence Broken 7:26 Johnson / MacKey
04) The Distance Returns 4:40 MacKey
05) I Imagine Harriet 2:59 MacKey
06) Burning Heart 3:31 MacKey
07) Golden And Light 3:55 MacKey
08) Repose 1:31 MacKey
09) Raining Inside 3:52 MacKey
10) Flight 4:48 MacKey
11) Colder 9:41 MacKey

Post-Blonde Vinyl Career
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The Greyest Day Sessions 1992-1994
mp3.com (1999)
Produced by Writ on Water

Jeff MacKey - all instruments
Daniel Johnson - all instruments

01) Wicker 4:15 MacKey
02) To A Castle Is Fallen 2:11 MacKey
03) Careful 5:04 MacKey
04) Withdrawn 3:25 MacKey
05) Piano 5:02 MacKey
06) Held Close Beneath The Surface 7:35 MacKey
07) Cape Cod 3:48 MacKey
08) If Your Eyes Were Clouded 4:01 MacKey
09) Windsor 4:45 MacKey
10) Degeneration 4:43 Johnson / MacKey
11) Precarious 4:33 MacKey
12) Dying (When Time Begins) 3:51 MacKey
13) Misgiving 4:46 Johnson / Williams / MacKey


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Pelléas EP
mp3.com (2000)
Produced by Writ on Water

Jeff MacKey - vocals, guitars, bass
Daniel Johnson - bass, drum programming, flute, voice

David Blaney - flugelhorn

01) All My Memories Blur 1:57 MacKey
02) Forever only Visited 5.57 MacKey
03) Swim 1:36 MacKey
04) If Anyone Ever Knew 4:04 MacKey
05) I Should Be Thankful 6:07 MacKey
06) Greyest 3:46 MacKey


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A Wingless King
Independent (2008)
Produced by Writ on Water

Jeff MacKey - vocals, guitars, bass, drum programming, piano
Daniel Johnson - bass, flute, voice, valve trombone, drum programming, symphonic manipulation, toy keyboard, bells and whistles

Jared MacKey - drums
Jon Sonnenberg - piano

01) Angie Swirls in Pastel Summer 3:08 MacKey
02) A Midsummer Wish 2:53 MacKey
03) Ancestor 5:23 MacKey
04) The Laughter Ceases 5:35 Johnson / lyrical fragement by MacKey
05) Wondertime 3:54 MacKey
06) The Last Night of Her Sleep 3:07 MacKey
07) Trappease 3:55 MacKey
08) Dead Give Away 3:49 MacKey
09) Rain Over Unmapped Sea 5:30 MacKey
10) Bittersuite 10:47 Johnson / MacKey
11) Things Only Heaven Knows 4:25 MacKey


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Ancestral Echo/Wunderzeit!
Independent (2008)
Produced by Writ on Water

Jeff MacKey - vocals, guitars, bass, drum and electronic woodwind programming
Daniel Johnson - bass, drum programming, guitar, voice

Archie Jackson - drums/percussion on tracks 2, 4, 5, and 7
Sam Jackson - drums on tracks 1 and 10
Jon Sonnenberg - synthesizers and drum programming on tracks 7 and 13

01) This Kingdom of Tin 5:14 MacKey
02) Liquid 4:45 MacKey
03) Fragment 55 1:35 MacKey
04) Uncasting Spells 4:43 MacKey
05) Reflection 5:39 MacKey
06) (intermission) 0:12
07) Wondertime (travelogue remix) 4:34 MacKey
08) Twilight 2:32 MacKey
09) Should Have Known What to Expect 4:29 MacKey
10) Everything's Too Close 3:53 MacKey
11) Santa Cruz 1:24 MacKey
12) Wondertime (original acoustic demo) 2:43 MacKey
13) Angie Swirls in Pastel Summer (travelogue remix) 3:34 MacKey


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The Greyest Day
Independent (2014)
Produced by Writ on Water

Jeff MacKey - vocals, guitars, bass, piano, programming
Daniel Johnson - bass, guitars, piano, vocal atmospheres
Matt Akery - drums
Philip Keller - euphonium
Graham Dickey - trombone, trumpet
Nikki Johnson - vocals

01) Cape Cod 4:04 MacKey
02) To a Castle is Fallen 2:43 MacKey
03) Careful 5:14 MacKey
04) Withdrawn 3:24 MacKey
05) Piano 4:50 MacKey
06) Held Close, Beneath the Surface 10:00 MacKey
07) Wicker 5:12 MacKey
08) If Your Eyes Were Clouded 5:32 MacKey
09) Points on a Line 5:10 MacKey / Johnson / Williams / Hughes
10) Degeneration 4:58 Johnson / MacKey
11) Precarious 5:41 MacKey
12) Dying (When Time Begins) 3:02 MacKey
13) This Ragged Soul 5:02 MacKey
14) Misgiving 5:10 MacKey / Johnson / Williams / Hughes


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Is this Jeff Mackey from California and alittle whole in the wall Christian school???

Comment posted by Rayme on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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