April First.

Mark the date. For April’s Fool? No, for Another Failure!

My sophomore album ‘Another Failure (1989)’ continues what ‘Drawing Lines (1989)’ started. Leaving the all-synth 80’s sound behind and entering a heavier and also a more experimental domain sound-wise, ‘Another Failure (1989)’ is bound to resonate with lovers of alternative and/or progressive pop. It’s been called a weird, quirky, evocative, insistent, brave, fun, catchy and theatrical kind of prog-pop.

The album will initially be available only digitally.

Tracklisting:

1. First (04:37)
2. And To Receive (09:20)
3. Ep Hoedler (02:24)
4. Black Eyes (04:45)
5. All That Follows (07:17)
6. I Koidls Dyfn (03:31)
7. Why Do You Break My Heart? (05:05)
8. Hondeheád (03:57)
9. Vogue For A New Kind Of Hero (04:25)
10. Of The Faulty Arc (08:30)

Hard work on “new” music, awaiting vocal recordings.

Since the last post, I’ve been working quite a lot with “Another Failure (1989)”. All songs are more or less recorded and mixed, but most of them lacks vocals and final touches. Time available to record vocals is scarce, as there are kids running around the house most of my waking time, and otherwise they are asleep, and then singing isn’t possible either.

So, what to do instead? Well, record another album, then! I have quite a few to choose from. I chose to continue work on “The Indescribable L”, which is my collection of 2012 songs. It is supposed to be an album of love songs for my wife, and I recorded the first track, All My Life, more than a year ago. Over the course of just three days I have been recording and programming instruments for the 7 next tracks. This is how that album looks for the time being:

  1. All My Life (03:29)
  2. The Indescribable L (03:45)
  3. Mystery (04:05)
  4. Mysticalude I (01:25)
  5. New Circle (03:45)
  6. Mysticalude II (01:30)
  7. Stockholm (02:40)
  8. Keneally (03:24)
  9. μ Rhythms
  10. 12345678
  11. Sandman
  12. – yet untitled track
  13. – yet untitled track
  14. Four Leafed Clovers

At the same time, I have been writing words and music for the last of my 2013 songs. All 2013 songs will become an album called “Brotherhood”. That’s approximately 41 minutes of music ready to be handled as soon as “The Indescribable L” is done. After that I was hoping to get to the “Heartless Cold (2002-2003)” album. After that album, the successing albums will be released pretty fast, as most of those songs (from 2004 until 2011) have been demoed or recorded already.

To top it off, I already have a fantastic concept for my 2014 songs, and I can’t wait to start work on that as well. I’m in quite an inspiring/creative mode at the moment.

Also, there are serious plans underway for building my own studio … more on that as it becomes a little more concrete. I’m excited!

 

 

Current work.

For some time I haven’t had the time to do any recording or composing, until my wife kindly asked for a song just for her, and I made this one:

All My Life (demo)

This, in turn, sparked a motivation for reviving an old album concept that I came up with in 2004, with the title “The Indescribable L”. In short it’s a declaration of love for my wife, in album form. Might sound clichéd or trite, but really isn’t. I’m soon finished with song number two, which is also the title track, and it alternates between 7/8 and 8/8 in the verses, so it’s not your regular pop song.

At the same time I’m still working on “Another Failure (1989)”, which is in continuation of the concept behind “Drawing Lines (1989)”, on which I rearranged and rerecorded songs I wrote as a 10 year old, in 1989. The second song on that one is a 9 minutes plus rollercoaster through genres, so that’s gonna be a pretty screwed up album too. Gotta love it.

I’m not sure which one of these albums will be finished first, but I’m hoping for “Another Failure (1989)” to be finished within the coming summer, and “The Indescribable L” within the year. If time permits.

That’s all for now, more news to come soon, and perhaps more songs as well.

Online availability!

“Drawing Lines (1989)” is now available for online streaming or mp3 download. I just wanted to point you to different places where you can hear it all, parts of it, or (preferrably) buy it. I do in fact earn more money if you buy it online, but the physical copy is well worth the cost, too, if you’re into physical copies.

Start by liking my Facebook Page.

For streaming services:

Spotify
WiMP

Downloads can be done here:

iTunes (105 NOK)
Platekompaniet (79 NOK)
Telenor (79 NOK)
Amazon.com ($ 7.99)
Amazon.co.uk (£ 7,49)
Amazon.de (€ 8,99)
Play.com (£ 5.99)
CDON (99 NOK)
Emusic ($ 7.35)

Go here for the physical format, old-fashioned CD, which comes in a gatefold 18×18 cm 20 page book.

Happy listening! And make some noise about it if you like it, ok?

Impatiently awaiting release.

Who would have thought time could pass so slowly? I really don’t know what I was thinking when I set the date to January 15 — it seems like an eternity from now. In the meantime I’m having fun staring at this: Drawing Lines (1989) on Amazon.co.uk — I can’t explain why it’s so compelling, I guess it has something to do with the fact that I’ve bought quite a few CDs from Amazon in the past, listened to 30 second, crappy quality sound clips and awaited the arrival of the CDs with much anticipation.

The waiting is similar this time, but it’s MY music now, I am the one people hear in 30 second sound clips and that someone might enjoy hearing, I’m the one who made the music that someone might like, and buy! You can imagine my excitement, right?

I don’t think I’ve ever felt this accomplished in my entire life: I have a Master’s Degree in Music Technology, and I have released an album, both on physical format, and (very soon) through world wide digital distribution.

I’m trying to prepare myself for doing promotion, sending out e-mails and promos and that sort of stuff, but I can’t seem to get myself to do anything until January 15 is here. (Please come quick).

Digital release date: January 15.

The release date for the digital release is now set. January 15. My album will be available for download and streaming through all major international online stores and streaming services, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, eMusic, HMV — and the Norwegian/Nordic/local ones like WiMP, Platekompaniet, CDON and more.

Hopefully, everything will go according to plan from here on. Mark the date.

Digital distribution approaching.

I think I’m very close to getting digital distribution. At first I thought it would be expensive to set up, but then it turned out that all fees and royalties to artists/writers/publishers, and so on, is included in the price people pay for releases and subtracted before any money gets back to me.

All good then, I thought — then it turned out that some distributors are selective, and I didn’t want to waste my time on them, since I’m eager to get this out pretty quickly. Others had too much to do and pointed me to other distributors, all of which had some sort of start-up or annual fee.

I chose one that seemed alright, and everything seems fine, except for the fact that some random label was appointed to my release, and I can’t seem to change it. So now I’m waiting for support to fix it and enlighten me green … and then, hopefully within a month or so, it will be available at all the big online stores.

I do understand why record companies still exist — doing this all by yourself is a real pain in the ass, sometimes, though a great experience.

Drawing Lines (1989) is available on CD.

On December 20, 2011, my debut album was officially released. Get it here!

Drawing Lines (1989) is an eighties synthpop dream with an experimental and modern twist; easy on the ears, but challenging the mind; naïveté with depth. It tells the musical story of the ten year old Eth Eonel: all the songs on the album, save for the two cover songs, were originally written in 1989 by the young me. With my hands in the now, but my heart in the past, I have updated those songs into little stories with a retrospective view.

The album was mastered by one of my musical idols, the great Bob Drake.

If you would lend an ear, I’d be grateful. A digital release is not yet available, due to legal and financial matters, but I’m hoping to resolve it. Please let me know anyway, if you’d like a digital copy, and I’ll speed that up.

The high price of the album (150NOK / 25$ / 20€) is due to the fact that it comes with a 18×18 cm hardcover book with lyrics and photos. The price you pay is what I’ve spent on it in cash.

It can be ordered here.

Musical project for kids + release day.

The day before the official release of Drawing Lines (1989) I’m at home, spending the late evening burning 70 CD-Rs with music that my pupils have made. They’re aged 10-11 and we have been working for seven weeks, composing, recording, mixing and everything. There’s so much talent out there, that just needs to be discovered. That’s what I do (discover it), but I have no time to engage in anything beyond my work, my family and my own music. So I see all these talented kids, but can’t do anything else than to try to inspire them to dream big and become experts themselves.

Tomorrow is the big day for me. There’s nothing exciting happening, really, but I’ll probably try to send out a few messages and mails to friends and make the album available on my website. A digital release is not yet planned, but I’m trying to figure out a way to arrange it. Right now it seems that it will cost me more to create and release the album than I can dream of getting back. It’s worth it, though.

The beginning.

Since I am officially releasing my debut album in only two days, I am making an effort to start blogging, mostly as a means to document the event, the sales, the promotion, everything interesting that happens relating to the album. I might also throw in a philosophical thought or two, ideas for lyrics, concepts and ideas pertaining to structure or form — that sort of stuff.

Looking forward to hearing from people out there.