As mentioned in the previous post, I’m currently releasing remastered versions of my older songs. The EP “Every Precious Failure” is now available to stream on Spotify and will be availible everywhere shortly.

Give it a listen if you missed it the first time and stay tuned for more.

Radio Silence

To whom it may concern,

Four years is a long time to go between posts. So long that most people would assume this place was dead. Truth be told that wasn’t too far from the truth.

After releasing the EP “Every Precious Failure” and an instrumental collection of songs in 2015 I entered a lengthy period of music burnout that coincided with the dissolution of the band I played guitar in for 6 years.

I had planned to write new material, but found myself almost completely uninspired. This lack of inspiration persisted for about two (long) years. During that time I moved from Michigan to Texas and then back to Michigan. At the same this country pretty much lost it’s collective mind politically.

At the end of 2017 I finally started recording again, starting with an unreleased/unfinished song from my old band that just seemed fitting for the time. That and it was just legitimately a good song that deserved more justice than a bad iphone recording.

A new song came quickly after that and pretty soon I had more than I could keep up with, as if two years of not doing anything resulted in a backlog of creative energy. I also recorded a few covers and alternate takes of old songs which I put on youtube.

Since then I’ve been writing and recording pretty consistently but mostly keeping it to myself. The songs are a product of the times; full of anxiety and at times loud and abrasive.

I’m nearing the point where these songs are done, but in the meantime you can expect to see remastered versions of old material and a wider digital release for Indoor Voices with alternate takes on some of the songs. Until then I’ll leave you the first new song I posted on youtube at the start of 2018

indoor voices

As promised here is the new collection of instrumental songs titled “Indoor Voices”. You can stream the entire album at bandcamp

Later this month a collection of instrumental songs will be released exclusively to Bandcamp. You can listen to one of the songs above now.

“Every Precious Failure” is now formally released. You can stream it above, in the “music” section of this site or at bandcamp.

Keep your ears open for more news and possibly a collection of instrumental songs.

New Year, New Songs

Next week a new EP will officially be released called “Every Precious Failure”. This is a collection of songs that either didn’t fit on the Exits + Onramps album or the one I’m currently working on.

The single from the EP is “Lowell” which is about the very rough and disappointing time I experienced living in Ypsilanti for about a year. You can listen to it above or all the usual places.

 

That’s that

The recording is done and the CD’s (more than I know what to do with) were shipped to me. Of course even though the work producing it is done the work of promotion has just begun. You can stream the whole album here: https://soundcloud.com/busted-luster/sets/exits-and-onramps

Speaking of promotion, am 1700, a radio station based out of downtown Ypsilanti Michigan was kind enough to recently feature Taking Root as the song of the day on their station. I encourage you to check em out, they have a lot of interesting programming.

This is the “lead” single from the album Exits and Onramps. When I wrote it about three years ago, I was going through a really difficult time, as I was moving from somewhere I had lived for 18 years.

The day I was moving was in early October and I was sitting on the porch getting ready to leave. In front of me was the maple tree in the front yard, and I thought about it depositing seeds as it does every year, thickly covering the ground with those “helicopter” type seed pods.

It occurred to me that despite the large amount of seeds, few if any would actually do anything besides lie on the concrete and dry out. I realized that growing up and leaving home felt a lot like that to me, that I was heading into the world with no gaurantee that I would find somewhere else where I felt I belonged.

Out of habit I would pick up the seeds and crumble them apart, especially the wings. At that moment it just didn’t feel right.

The Journey of Making an Album

I’ve been working on a collection of songs for quite a while, recording sporadically the last two years in a basement. The songs date back as far as eight years ago, so they’re long overdue for a proper release.

Originally I just wanted to make an album without a cohesive theme but the more I worked with the songs the more it became apparent that they were linked together. Not only thematically but musically as well.

The title is a reference to the last song, and in a way life. So often in life we are in a state of transition; either leaving or arriving somewhere. To quote the band Nada Surf: “all I feel is transition, when do we get home?”