Progress update / MSJ review

We just received some good press in the Music Street Journal. Check out the review of our debut album here:

Also, a little update re: what we've been up to: I've been hard at work on the foundation and instrumentation of the new album for the past 8 months or so. As of right now, we have 5 songs in various stages of recording (and a 6th in the early stages of writing). The songs are averaging about 10 minutes in length -- some a bit longer, some shorter. It's been a time-consuming process, as I'm developing and recording almost all of the instruments and parts myself (although I will be bringing in a bit of outside help for some of the guitars - more on that at a later time). But I've been making some great progress, and I'm very pleased with the way the music is developing, as the layers are added bit by bit. With this next album, we'll be taking what I think/hope will be a substantial leap from the foundation we established on Looking Backward. Much of what I've been doing in the studio this year has been focused on experimenting with new sounds and new ways of doing things that ultimately (hopefully) serve the music in the best possible way. Jody and I will start getting together sometime in the next few months to begin working out the vocal parts.

The album is evolving into something more than I originally intended, but it's a good thing; we'll be releasing more music than we had planned. When we finished Looking Backward, our original intention was to just pick out a few finished (or almost finished) songs from the backlog of material written during the same Looking Backward period, re-record them and maybe change/re-write a few things, and then put out a 25-min EP. We weren't anticipating a lengthy recording process.

But instead, I've ended up significantly re-writing whole songs.... to the point where probably about 80 percent of the material for this album is new. Five-minute songs become 12-minute songs, and next thing you know, I've got a beast on my hands. And I've tried to just travel wherever the music leads me.

So, we've decided to make the "EP" a full-length album, 5 songs. This will be the "standard" edition of Supplements. However, we will still be offering an "expanded, limited edition", which will include some additional songs. This expanded edition will be limited to 300 copies total pressed, and this is the version some of our supporters from the last Kickstarter campaign will be receiving. It's hard to say at this point how long it will take to finish the album. It will likely come out sometime next year, but that's about as specific as I can be right now.

As always, thanks to everyone for the continued support. And feel free to email me with any questions or comments:

More to come soon...

David Burr

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