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.

Session Notes: 2017/04/07

  • 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.

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.

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.

 

Though I’m constantly worried that Album Nº4 won’t be as good as Claye, I feel that it has the potential to be something far more special than Claye or Readers & Reporters. Even with the huge roadblocks of the past seven months, I still feel like this record can be timelessly beautiful in a way that the past two are not.

That is, if I do a good fucking job executing on the ideas.