Making an album is like enduring a three year bowel movement. You just want it to come out already so that you can see what it looks like.
I don’t listen to Readers & Reporters very much anymore, but when I do, it strikes me as a much more genuine album than Claye. There is something pure and innocent about it, even with its flaws. Claye tries very hard. R&R just is. I’m trying to bring back the pureness of R&R in Album Four, but with much better execution.
Tonight was extremely productive. Probably the best recording session of the month. A lot of refinement of Song Four’s fundamental issues (rhythm was sloppy as all fuck). Guitar recorded.
A couple more sessions this week should do and then I move onto Song Five and Song Six in May.
I was back in Damaskus
With all of my homies
Demetri was there
Rode in on his pony
Even though it won’t be out until 2018 at the soonest, Wall Street will always be a 2015 album to me. So much of it was dreamed up and written that year. So much was inspired by how I felt during that time.
It’s interesting to record and execute on an album inspired by feelings that are far behind you.
- Song Four—like all of them—proves to be harder to execute than initially imagined.
- It’s really hard to commit something that has been bouncing around in your head for over two years.
- It’s becoming abundantly clear that I really want to be making Album Nº5, but I really want to HEAR Album Nº4 exist. So I have to work through it. It will be worth it, but I am scared that it’s not going to be what I have been dreaming of for so long.
- Guide tracks are in—percussion session tomorrow and Sunday. Instruments (some) go in next week.
- I need to approach this in the way that I did with Claye during the early 2014 run: Relaxed four hour sessions several times a week with one main goal per session (record the bass, record the saxes, etc.). Otherwise, I just overwhelm myself. I need to approach it more pragmatically, it’s just hard to get started when I don’t know if any of my ideas are going to actually work in practice.
I will be recording tonight for the first time in a couple of months. This time attempting to begin Song Four.
Terrified, but excited.
Some musicians approach their work a bit like design. Rather than taking risks with their sound, they consistently try to create something that is widely accessible and enjoyable.
I think this is totally fine. It’s not how I do things, but I’m glad that some do.
Moving on to Song Four in April, hoping to power through at a song per month, revisiting Song One later. Though I actually feel really good about where I left off with Song One. But it’ll be refreshing to move forward with different material, for sure.
It’s crazy… Most of these songs date back two years. I wrote a bunch of them while I was doing Album for Children.
But a lot of them are half written with two years worth of ideas piling up.
instead of 5 to 14th, do 5 to 42nd, song four at GC, walk to BP, song five there, take F to lower east side.
After floundering for all of December, January, and February, (really since August, too) I have completely revamped my recording timeline, and I expect to stick to this one. Solid plan for moving forward after a failed eight month attempt at making The Birds. Now… Let’s start in the middle.