Sunday, April 25, 2021

Thinking Inside a Box of My Own Creation

In 2017, I released three albums at the same time, which I basically wrote and produced one after the other. For my next solo album, released in 2019, I wanted to apply the lessons learned from those first three albums. The result was Better Days, my fourth eponymous experiment in DIY musicianship. 

I wanted to give Better Days a more cohesive sound than my previous albums, so I gave myself strict parameters to work within. It was kind of like a Dogme 95 thing, for all of you fellow film geeks out there. The rules that I set for myself were: every track is either my voice, one particular guitar that I own, or a drum track. Further, every song is in 4/4 time, and there are no lead parts. I also used the same vocal settings throughout. Even the basslines are all that same guitar, but played through an octave pedal. 

For the most part, I'm pretty happy with the result. As is the nature of experiments, however, there are a couple of tracks that maybe aren't quite what I might have liked them to be. Then again, if experiments always succeeded, then they would not be experiments. This is how we learn

I hope you dig what I'm doing. If so, tell your friends. Thanks for listening.

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