I thought it was time for an update on activities in the studio so…..here is an update on activities in the studio.
I’m currently working on what started as an individual track but has ended up being a concept for an E.P., which will be my first full-length release. Current thoughts are for a digital release accompanied by some sort of physical media – almost certainly CD but possibly vinyl/cassette too. The concept revolves around my feelings on growing older, the state of the world as it was when I was young (or how I perceived that it was) and how it is now, the rabid need to acquire money and “things” at the expense of long-forgotten simple pleasures like reading a good book or walking on the beach. In the main, the idea that we seemed to have so much time to spare when we were young, to lie in a field and just daydream and listen to the Skylarks – my favourite birdsong both for its beauty and also what memories I associate with it. We just don’t seem to have the time for anything as adults, there’s always so much to do, things to read on the internet, chores to do, job to go to etc. Why don’t we have the time for daydreams any more?
The title track ( probably called Daydream Nation) is finished, I will upload a short preview of this soon but for the full track you will have to wait for the EP. The only other track currently done is “The boy who didn’t like stories”, a track I had previously completed as a single but have decided to include on the EP as the sentiment and sound of the track is definitely suited to the concept. The music will be in the main uplifting, lush, melodic – if you like Ulrich Schnauss, Tycho and Apparat then this should be your kind of thing – but there may be the odd darker track on there depending on how the thought processes go and what stories there are to tell.
I’ll upload previews and work-in-progress snippets and I am hoping to get some progress videos done too, both as a way to give you an insight into what to expect from the EP and also to show some of the gear and techniques I use to make my music – something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.
So there it is, the idea is formed and I have probably 2 or 3 more tracks underway in various states and will have previews and videos up as soon as I can. In the mean time have another listen to The boy who didn’t like stories and remember, always take the time to daydream. As a wise man once said “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it”.
All the best.
Greg. Octopus Empire.