EP – Nearly Complete

The music for the upcoming EP is almost completely done. In fact, I’ve begun sending demos to friends and such to receive their feedback before polishing and finalizing the songs completely.
 
A few creative and technical problems along the way made these four songs take longer than they should have, but in the end, they summarize where this project is at as of 2018. There are elements from all of the previous work, and some things that haven’t appeared much before such as purely clean (no distortion) electric guitar sections. The songs are generally more dynamic overall, with calm segments contrasting with thick walls of sound to a greater extreme than before.
 
Overall, I believe this release will set the general tone for future material released under this name. This project grows with me, but of course there’s also a core vision to it that I do my best not to betray. So consider this yet another stepping stone towards the ideal.

Lead Guitars Finished

The lead guitars were just finished today for the new EP. Only the rhythm guitars and a few more keyboard parts remain, and it will be nearly ready for release. The mix is already 80% of the way there since I planned things out better than on previous albums by only recording the necessary tracks and avoiding things that don’t fit in to the soundscape.

CD Baby – FLAC Format Removed

CD Baby no longer offers FLAC files (lossless/CD master quality) for purchase or download. As such, the only option that remains to obtain lossless versions of the music (to my knowledge) is Bandcamp.
 
This is bewildering and very disappointing to me as part of my decision in using their service was dependent on the fact that they offered lossless files, which is something that other large corporate distributors do not (Amazon, Google, iTunes, etc.).
 
Many argue that you can’t hear the difference between a FLAC/CD and a high quality MP3. That’s certainly true in many cases, but that misses the point. When someone purchases music, they should be getting the best possible version of it.  Physical CDs shouldn’t be the only way to legally obtain music in its intended format.