Hear/Watch a Preview from Album-in-Progress "No Self"

Hi folks,

Here's a little video I put together to give you a peek into my current album-in-progress, No Self. It shows footage of me recording parts for one of my favorite sections on the album so far. The video and audio were recorded simultaneously, so it's like you're taking a mini-visit to my studio.

This is the first thing I've shared where you can hear the "full band" instrumentation that forms the foundation of the album: acoustic guitar, bongos, and piano. The piano parts were written and performed by Robert Edmondson, who played bass on the first two Life albums as well as drums on my song "Moss Heart" from my most recent full-length album. His work for No Self is turning out to be just as lovely and inspiring as it's been on all our other projects, so I think this album is going to have some extra special flavor.

I'm really enjoying how everything is unfolding, and I hope you enjoy it too. Stay tuned for more updates on the album throughout the near future, including album art and more audio previews.

 

Thanks for listening,

♥ ∞ Alex

Surprise electronic EP "polysynthetic" is out!

I recently needed some distraction from working on my next "serious" album No Self, so I decided to play around with the mobile synth-sequencer app Caustic. A few days later, woops! I had accidentally produced an EP's worth of somewhat wacky, fairly unhip, and entirely fun electronic music. SO I've decided to share it with you all (stream in the player above!).

It's titled polysynthetic, a word which refers to a type of language where a single complex word is formed from several smaller morphemes, so that it conveys an entire sentence's worth of meaning. Due to the way Caustic is set up as a pattern-based sequencer, I had to write many small, distinct musical patterns and then string them together in different ways to create each song. That process reminded me of the way words in polysynthetic languages are formed. All of the song titles are approximate translations of non-English words with complex, idiomatic meanings. Though most of the languages these particular words come from are not actually polysynthetic, I still felt that they had the appropriate spirit, since it takes an entire sentence to translate their meaning to English.

 

I also made a few cassettes pairing polysynthetic with my previous electronic foray long ago, in the future. The tapes are transparent purple, hand-painted, and limited to an edition of 3 copies. 2 sold right away though, so there's only one left at time of writing! Check 'em out (click the image to go to the store page):

That's pretty much all there is to this brief update. Now I'm back to work on No Self. Thanks, as always, for listening and supporting my work! Hope you enjoy this little electronic detour.

♥ ∞ Alex

New Album "No Self" in Progress

Though I've mentioned it a few times already on social media, I'm now officially saying that a new mandala eyes album is in the works. It's to be titled No Self and it's an ode of sorts to the natural, gradual unfoldings and happenings of life.

I've written 4 songs for the album (I guess it's more of an EP actually?) using only my acoustic guitar, so that instrument will pretty much be the center of it. The video above shows rough versions of some of the parts that went into these songs. I've also recorded some sloppy demos and sent them over to my good friend Robert Edmondson and asked him to write some piano/keys parts to go along with my guitar. Oh, there's also bongos; I'm opting for their simplicity over the trouble of a full drum kit this time.

I'll post more updates as we hit milestones in the album's progress, but I'm decidedly taking my time with this one, to practice my parts plenty and explore ideas fully. So no timeframe-related promises as of yet.

Anyway hope you like the rough preview video. Until next time,

♥ ∞ Alex

"Tape Machine Feels" Now Out for Download

Hi folks,

I'm glad to announce that the collected songs from my recently-concluded weekly lo-fi series are now available for download. The collection is titled simply, Tape Machines Feels, and it's "pay-what-you-think-it's-worth" over on Bandcamp.

You can also stream it from this embedded player right here:

In addition to the digital release, I painted the actual cassette that all these songs were originally recorded to and put it up for sale. Unfortunately for many (but pleasantly surprising for me!) the tape was bought within minutes of the album's appearance on Bandcamp, but here's a photo of it anyway, since it's nice to look at in any case:

I hope you all enjoy these simple little musical moments. Get in touch with me on Facebook or Twitter if you want to ask any questions or talk about the tunes (or anything else!).

Now to get back to work on my next major project. I've finished the skeletal structure for all the songs that will be on my next release, so now I'm refining them and practicing the parts. Really enjoying the process so far!

Until next time,

♥ ∞ Alex

Weekly Lo-Fi Series Comes to a Close

Hello friends.

If you didn't know, I've been recording & sharing a new quasi-ambient lo-fi song each week for some time now. These songs were recorded directly to a cassette tape, and that tape is now full, so the series is finished.

As planned, I'll be releasing the whole series for download on my Bandcamp page soon. All the songs are still up on SoundCloud for your immediate listening pleasure, though they won't be downloadable just yet.

I'm also going to paint some art on the cassette itself, make an art insert for the cassette case, etc. and put that sole tape up for sale as a one-of-a-kind art object thing. The tape has a handful of unreleased stuff on it, stuff that literally exists only on that cassette that no one but me has heard before. Maybe that sweetens the pot for someone?

Anyway. As I might have mentioned before, I am going slow and steady in the process of writing some new material for my next project. It will probably be a more EP-length thing, and it looks like it's going to be focused mainly on acoustic guitar. I'm taking it slow this time, so no word on dates or anything yet. I will update you as more concrete progress is made though.

Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy the lo-fi experiments.

♥ ∞ Alex