(Nutshell: New Video Sketchbook entries and plans to release small acoustic-ambient EP!)
It's been a minute. I've been a bit out of touch with you all due to being absorbed in some kinda intense life transitions. It feels worthwhile to tell a little narrative of what I've been going through, so bear with me while this e-mail gets mildly personal for a bit.
A 5-year relationship ended, and so did me and my (former) partner's long-standing plans to move out west to Portland, OR--only a month or two before those plans were gonna take effect. On the day I had to move out of my apartment, I ended up leaving my home state, alone, with all of my belongings in my car and no idea where I'd end up. Here's a song sketch I recorded just before leaving on the morning I moved out:
I wandered a bit up the east coast of the U.S.; I visited (and made) a lot of good friends and spent a lot of time outside in natural places. My friends and experiences helped me heal from loss, process overwhelming changes, and rediscover my self and my relation to the world. I've landed in Bar Harbor, ME, where I somehow found the opportunity to spend the summer working on a farm and living in a cabin in the woods on that farm's property. It's a living situation better than anything I could imagine. Here's a sketch I recorded in my cabin, while reflecting on the feeling of being surrounded by so much peace and beauty:
I'm also getting to know some of the best humans ever, here in this magical place. This sketch was inspired by a poem about summer that one of my most special friends here wrote:
When I first arrived in Bar Harbor, I was staying in the overpopulated house of a gracious friend. There, I recorded several mostly improvised songs out on the porch, with lots of background noise. They're simple meditative acoustic moments, and my friend Moon Watcher might stir some extra ambience into the mix. I plan to release this as an EP of sorts, probably titled Porch Ephemera, and I think the cover art will be this:
So the bottom line of this paragraph is, new lil album on the way!
BTW, if you're interested in some music recommendations from me (other than the music I make) I've got a couple things for you. The first is a mix of songs that resonated with me during my transition; the upbeat funky ones are about the excitement of being on an adventure into the unknown, but there's a lot of reflective emotional ones for when my difficult feelings caught up with me. I've also been collecting my favorite albums to listen to while doing work in the farm's greenhouses, via the Twitter and/or Facebook hashtag #AlbumsForGreenhouses. Mostly meditative, ambient-ish, organic-ish stuff.
That's about all I have to share for now. Talk to you soon!
♥ ∞ Alex
P.S. I'm also trying out a new approach to music, which is very minimalistic and emotional--just bass guitar, simple chord progressions and singing about feelings. I don't know if it will ever see the light of day, and if it does it will probably need to be under an identity separate from mandala eyes, but that might happen sometime. So I guess you and I can both wonder about it for now.