Oof. It's been a few months since the last word blurb, and what an involved few months it's been. Between producing a pile of new tracks slated for release later this year, to preparing and performing multiple varied live sets (either solo or as collaborative efforts with my dear pals Kali Yuga & The Genesa Project) at local venues as well as festivals around the province, to eventually realizing I'd amassed enough material for the album I've been putting together since last September, and preparing the logistics thereof... yup, it's been a wonderfully busy time.
The long n' short of it is that, as a result of persistent fervent toils over the past months, I now have a solid enough track count to add up to a full-length album; and, although I haven't set an official release date there-for quite yet, I aim to unleash it upon teh interwebz sometime this fall, likely mid-October. The relative nebulousness of the deadline is loosely based on the fact that I've yet to decide on a title, which then dictates the artwork design; there's also track order, the launch of one final single release (making an eventual total of three), and then all the marketing and pre-release legwork, which is a whole other realm I'm admittedly only just beginning to immerse myself in on a serious basis. Such is the life of the independent DIY artist, however -- mastering the wearing of many hats all at once.
I've one more festival on my roster this summer, which I'm endlessly excited to participate in, both as a stage crew member and as a performing artist -- the legendary Shambhala Music Festival. Once again I'll be joining my dearest and most gracious pals, Kali Yuga & The Genesa Project, this time on the Pagoda Stage, for an extended collaborative set featuring a few of my original tunes, a lengthy list of finely handpicked others, all fused and interwoven with a unique assortment of live instrumentation by way of guitars, synths, and sampled percussion. We've played a lot over the past year, and in doing so I think we've really honed into a sort of interpersonal creative rhythm, which as an all-encompassing experience has been far, far superior to any "band" (in the traditional sense) I've ever been a part of. I also kinda sorta owe these two cats the world, not only because they've repeatedly dragged me out into the spotlight, continually challenged me to step outside of my zone of familiarity, plus an extensive list of other reasons I shan't even dare get into. Always super stoked to share the stage with 'em, however, and this one will be the coolest damned event I'll ever have been part of, ever.
Anyway, once I'm back from Shambs, it's right into the grind. The amusing bit is that I'm equally as excited for the album release as I am to get it way out of the way, just so's I can move on from this batch of tunes, and onto the next. Don't get me wrong -- the album tracks are absolutely the coolest, most characteristically varied and interesting things I've written to date -- but I'm already looking past and into what the future holds, because something something ideas galore.
To celebrate the eventual release, I've finally gotten around to doing that video project I'd alluded to last December -- filming a couple of playthrough videos. The original idea of performing a full set has instead evolved into individual tracks, which just made more sense logistically. The first of these is a heavy/melodic guitar-driven drum n' bass track infused with a hard-hitting psy breakdown, called "Your Beloved Scapeghost". This was actually the first track I'd completed for the album, produced last September, though I instead chose to release its immediate successor, "Poofball Ferocity Bush", as the first single. Both will be featured on the album, though Scapeghost takes the cake as being my first music video, so there's that.
Without further adieu (and to finally cut off my run-on rant), here's what a trusty assistant wielding an iPhone 7 camera with a clip-on fish-eye lens, a black backdrop, a couple of rented lights plus a fog machine, and a free copy of video editing software will get you.
And, if you're thusly inclined, here's a free heckin' download of the track, because I love you.
Moar deetz on the album to come in the coming weeks, kthxbai and thanks for listening!