Yesterday saw the release of Summer Phase, a culmination of music covering my very hectic and fun-filled season. Give it a spin on BandCamp below, and download it in any format (and at any price) of your choosing:
What a magical summer it has been, filled with wonderful BBQs, weddings, shows, road trips, and even an unexpected trip to Mexico. I'm not going to lie: it's been tricky to stay on track and complete the recording of a new song each week, simply due to those frustrating limits on the allotted time in each day. But, we must stay the course.
A couple of the songs produced this quarter were admittedly not my best, and the only excuse here is that real life time restriction I mentioned… but on the flipside, a few of these songs are my absolute favorite from the entire year. While some tunes can spontaneously appear in the span of an hour or two, the ones I'm extra proud of most definitely required more time and patience. Hopefully those tedious hours spent sequencing beats and automating fancy synth passages paid off for your ears. I'm very happy with some of those results, comprised of a nice blend of both meticulously-crafted programming as well as raw field recordings and guitar/vocals/analog synths.
But the days are growing noticeably shorter, and it's nearly time to retreat into the basement studio for another long and rainy hibernation. Take these songs, play and remix them to your heart's content, and stay tuned for more songs fresh from the Exit Signs Studio. I will make it through the year's end, and even have some slight delusions of continuing this endeavor into future years. We'll see, my friends…
Please enjoy the Spring Phase as much as I did:
The challenge continues, and somehow, some way I still manage to record and release a new song at the end of each week. And you know what really surprises me about this whole endeavor? Instead of being stressed about such deadlines, I've actually been happier than ever during these first six months. I feel a new sense of contentment with the level of creative productivity I'm hitting on a consistent basis, and one of the songs even acted as the catalyst for my engagement (see 'Week Twenty-Five')! It can only get better from here.
The music that I recorded during this spring quarter has perhaps an obvious new vibe to it compared to the winter release, focusing on some lighter sounds and melodies. The simple change in weather can influence such things, although you'll still find some darker dramatic tones here and there; listen to 'Week Seventeen' for the moody synth textures and glitch-drums that I spent my winter honing (hey, it still rains a ton in the springtime). All in all, we've got a good spread of sounds and styles both new and old, crafted with some of the sonic staples in my studio as well as a number of new tools that I carefully add as time goes on.
Ideas are already forming for the next batch of songs, and I look forward to powering through the upcoming Summer and Autumn releases with new sounds and techniques that I haven't even yet considered. Thank you for sticking with me during this project, and making it to the halfway mark; the feedback I've received across Weekly Beats, SoundCloud, Facebook, and other avenues has been extremely supportive, and it inspires me to keep moving forward with this and other musical projects with which I insist on filling my free time.
Enjoy this new batch of songs on your summer road trips, BBQs, or otherwise, and keep listening as new songs continue to roll out of the Exit Signs Studio. Cheers!