The idea for the Alison's Halo "Skywide" CDEP came together after discovering five unreleased Eyedazzler-era tracks on some old 4- and 8-track cassette masters in our recording archives. All of the basic drum, bass, and guitar tracks on these five songs were recorded during the tail end of the "Eyedazzler" sessions in 1996-1997, but never made it onto the original Burnt Hair release due to deadlines, space considerations on the CD, sonic differences, the lack of lyrics, guitar ideas, or - most likely - complete and utter exhaustion. While the bulk of the guitars, bass, and drums were committed to tape back in the day, we still need to record ALL new vocals, add additional guitar riffs, and - as always - track some blazing, mind-melding duelling leads. Many of the melodies and lyrics will be brand new since we never hammered some of them out back then. Followers of the band will be thrilled to hear an unreleased 1996 version of "Dozen" that was slated to appear on the original "Eyedazzler" release, but never quite fit the flow and running order. The bulk of the mixing is done and the songs sound absolutely massive so far.
Most of our recorded output as Alison's Halo has been confined to the inherent limitations of 2-, 4-, or 8-track analog cassette portastudios and crappy Radio Shack microphones, so the additional freedom and flexibility of being able to record and mix in the digital realm with slightly better gear is going to be amazing and should give fans a glimpse into what the band was always capable of. One of the things we are most excited about is the ability to record more than just one or two tracks of vocals and backups - something we always missed being able to pull off on the older analog recordings. Even with all this extra fancy technology, we are being extra mindful not to strip away or destroy the original charm and spirit of the songs that we committed to tape so long ago. The last thing we want to do is get all George Lucas on this CDEP and mess it up.
We are beyond excited to get this music out and into your ears.
Risks and challenges
Since we are keeping this project super simple, we don't foresee any delays or snags in the production process. If there are any snags, we will keep you updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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