Thus far 2019 has been as busy as expected and then some, although I've somewhat neglected posting ongoing updates in the meanwhile. Here's to changing that.
First and most obvious of all, is the fresh new single from the upcoming album -- "Poofball Ferocity Bush". This was the second track I'd completed for said album, but figured it most worth of a preemptive release as it's already been performed a few times at various live outings. 'Twas my first attempt at a Zebbler Encanti Experience -esque psy-trap sort of heavy drop infused with spicy acoustic guitars, a whiskey barrel cajon, e-piano fueled jazz breakdown, a wall of shreddy guitars, airy harmonies, psytrance builds, and more. That aside, my favorite aspect of this particular release was the artistic collaboration with the illustriously talented Rebecca Mead, who was kind enough to not only humor the visual manifestation of my ludicrous concept of a Poofball Ferocity Bush (yet another of many nonsensical titles featured in my ever-building list of spontaneously made-up and recorded phrasings often spawned within the context of rambunctious wine-fueled ramblings 'tweenst me n' mine); not only did she entertain the idea, but had also spent countless hours drawing the fictitious beast out by hand, and eventually fired the image my way, which I'd promptly imported into Photoshop and went to town with the layers and the superimpositions and the whatnot. Super stoked on the end result:
Speaking of ultra-dope collaborations, my latest tinker-project is a collaboration with the veritable vocal powerhouse that is Tobey Kai. Pals for manious years though we may've been, this is the first actual musical effort we've embarked upon together, with Tobey firing me some vocal stems, around which I've since begun building the rest of the track. A recent Instagrizzle post captured some of the percussion I'd designed for said tune using samples of broken glass, timpani, white noise, and smashed electronics. Aside from my ongoing tinkerings with my own set and sounds, this one's my current primary endeavor, and will be finished in the coming weeks -- will linkie once available.
Speaking of live set, I've confirmed some upcoming live appearances! First and foremost is my feature in the monthly Low Frequency showcase of local electronic talent at Habitat Living Sound here in Calgary, featuring my dear pal Tanner Cherry (aka The Genesa Project), Fat Elvis, Grawlix, and Countdown. This'll be my first official live appearance since December, will feature a pile of new (not to mention unreleased) tracks, a slightly revised and very much optimized setup, and a fresh continuous hour of all original tunes. Manious excitings I has for this 'un.
After that, I'll be doing a guest performance at the return of the colloquially beloved Genesa Series events with Kali Yuga & The Genesa Project, who'll be hosting the official 2019 Pagoda Stage / Shambhala Pre-Party at the Junction bar, featuring Kursa, Seppa, our dear crew, Mary Jane, and KO! with Beama Visuals and some of the most incredible local vendors and vibes.
The final announcements feel utterly unreal to me, yet they're absolutely happening, and I couldn't be more excited: I'll be performing alongside my two dearest pals, Kali Yuga & The Genesa Project at both Astral Harvest and Shambhala this summer, as part of an ever-evolving collaborative set we've been rocking since first teaming up in 2015. Many things are in the works for these sets, from live improv instrumentation to fresh new tunes, and we're all incredibly jazzed to bring it all to the stage. Can. Not. Wait.