I'm so happy to finally be sharing new music with you. Today, I'm releasing two new songs, "The Day I Went Solo" and "Too Many Teardrops Away".
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My last record I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll was a bit of a statement on what I wanted to do artistically, though I couldn’t really put a finger on it at the time. I had played to disinterested smatterings of people in so many empty bars so many times that I learned how to make them like me, while accidentally destroying everything I loved about music in the first place, which is the song as emotional art.
Music can be a tool to connect with people deeply, but I was undercutting myself by trying to “wow” the audiences with whatever I could think of. First it was a bombastic horn section, then it was standing on the piano, rolling around on the floor, getting behind the bar and serving drinks while singing a capella -- you name it.
The song "I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll" was me saying “I’m done with that shit”. Well, maybe not done with it, but done relying on it. I want to lean into the song itself, and let that lead the way.
Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to move on. I’ve had no problem writing; I think I’m writing my best material ever. But I’ve struggled to know what to do with these songs: how to sing them, how to perform them, how to produce them as records.
At first I tried to one-up my previous efforts, creating the most dynamic, hi-fi recordings I could, but the results fell flat. They were the opposite of what I was feeling on the inside, which was that I just wanted to record my songs in a way that immediately convey to the listener who I am -- no editorializing required.
So I ended up returning to my roots of DIY basement recording (except now I’ve got my home office on the ground floor...moving on up!) and just started recording songs without questioning any of my decisions. Just messing around, playing everything myself, using the same microphone for everything, programming drums on an iPad app. Just making the music in a way that was actually fun for me. I desperately hated the stressful environment of the fancy studio, not because I don’t love recording studios, but because I can never afford to be in there in the first place. At home, nothing matters.
That’s how I stumbled on the realization that my home “demos” could be actual releases. After starts and stops in big studios in 2016 and 2017, I spent 2018 at home, recording dozens of songs, which I’m happy to finally be releasing, starting with these two.
The Day I Went Solo double single is a fitting start to this new stage of my career. It’s a direct follow-up to the song “I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll”. I gave up, now I’m back, but it’s just me this time.
Consequence of Sound recently premiered "Too Many Teardrops Away". Read that article here.