01|05|10   New album in the works


For two years, now, I have been working on a new album. It will be called ‘In Perfect Blooms Of Color’ and I will release it sometime during the second half of 2010.

Until recently progress has been slow, but ever since I moved to New York in August, I’ve been making a lot more progress.

Much of the songwriting and early demoing took shape in 2008, but planning and rehearsing the US tour took up a lot of time and energy. Then in early 2009, right before leaving New Zealand to go on a 9-week tour of America with Evan, I decided to team up with my long-term mate, Rob, to record guitars, trombones, french horns, and accordions, as well as some stray percussion.

Unfortunately, due to the long tour and wind-down phase thereafter, I found myself without the requisite energy to tackle the recordings Rob and I had made earlier in the year. Several hundred brass and guitar takes were filling up my hard drives, and, after lying dormant for so long, it wasn’t always clear to me, how some of these recordings even fit together any longer. In short, the state of the album was a royal mess.

My saving grace was New York. In August of last year, I moved to Brooklyn with my best friend, Mary, and inspiration hit soon after. There’s a lot of energy in this town, a lot of young adults are working on amazing music and art. My internship, too, helped kick my musical ambitions back into high gear.

Ever since August of 2009, I have made a concerted effort to spend at least a few hours each day on the album. I don’t always manage, but I’m never too far off the mark, either. I have 10 songs that, aside from vocals and minor tweaking are now totally ready to mixed, with 4-5 more songs that need a bit more attention, perhaps.

You might be interested to know that the album will be roughly 12 songs long, yet ought to clock in under an hour.

‘In Perfect Blooms Of Color’ will contain no instrumental songs and only very few guitars. Instead you can expect a lot of electronic beats, synths, and vocals, as well as lush orchestral arrangements with violins, violas, cellos, double basses, french horn, trombone, tuba, oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, piano, and lots and lots of orchestral percussion, including field drums, woodblocks, triangles, large bass drums, and even the odd rainstick.

So yeah, it’s going to be a big departure. I’ll be tell you more about it shortly.

Yay! Check out the new Enright House Shop I just finished making! Even if you’re not the type of person who buys music anymore, do take a look at how pretty and shiny it is! :)

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  • http://www.myspace.com/pushmipullyumusic John Praw

    Can’t wait!

  • http://mountpleasantmusic.blogspot.com Jonathan

    Horn Section looks good Mark

  • mark

    can’t wait to hear it man :)

  • http://adelenicholas.com adele

    I look forward to hearing it!

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