Subtle Inversion was formed in late 2009, after songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Gavin Goszka was introduced to the music of Megurine Luka alongside that of fellow vocaloid sensation Hatsune Miku. With Luka, Gavin saw the opportunity to bring vocaloid music to American audiences in a way that hadn’t been largely explored before: via entirely original, English-language compositions.

Work on what was to become the project’s debut album, Kaleidoscope, began in December of 2009, and continued well into the spring of the following year. All of the music on the album was composed specifically with Luka and her existing fanbase in mind. Gavin was adamant about incorporating the energy and spirit of fun that pervaded so much of Japanese pop music, and although the album was originally intended to be strictly electronica with no traditional rock instrumentation, many of the songs simply demanded otherwise.

Kaleidoscope, the project’s full-length debut album, was released in the summer of 2010 following a series of production delays, and was well-received among anime fans and vocaloid enthusiasts.

In 2012, the project was put on indefinite hold, with Gavin citing “a lack of clear creative direction” for all of his musical endeavors. “I was at a point where I felt I had to keep working on something – otherwise there would have been this great void that I wasn’t sure how to fill,” he states.

In 2017, Gavin began releasing early recordings and demos from his initial days as a songwriter through his official website, which sparked the idea to revisit Kaleidoscope and remix/remaster it.

” I was never truly happy with the original recordings,” he states. “My experience with mixing and mastering pop and electronic music back in 2010 was woefully limited, and although I did the best I could at the time, I always felt that the songs deserved better.”

While no official release date has been set for the remastered version of Kaleidoscope, Gavin has stated that it will contain several remixes along with a previously-unreleased track called “Garden” that was part of the original writing sessions for the album.

In the late summer of 2019, Gavin announced that an EP-length collection of his original solo material (Eventide) would be released under the Subtle Inversion moniker. Citing a desire to consolidate his varied musical projects as well as a lack of plans for the project following the re-release of Kaleidoscope as the driving reasons behind this, Eventide was released on Friday, September 20th, 2019 via the band’s Bandcamp page.

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