Anadromous has been in development since I was finishing work on Cheap Seats. Where Cheap Seats attempted to state an abundance of ideas in structures as brief and elemental as possible with very little repetition, Anadromous focuses on storytelling over simpler, one-guitar arrangements and longer song structures with musical ideas that develop to be come subtly more complex and knotty as the stories unfold. These songs come at a time in my life when I am on my way into adulthood but close enough to childhood that it's still fresh in my mind and dynamic in affecting my worldview. Like an anadromous fish, I'm headed downriver to the ocean for adulthood, but always feeling the magnetic pull beckoning me to return to the stream of my origin. I'm on my way, but I've got a few things to revisit first!
These heavily metaphorical narratives unfold with a sense of mystery and leave many questions unanswered, delving into supernatural phenomena and unexplainable occurrences. For instance, the lead-off track "Nobody Saw" sees my fiancée and me transformed first into harbor seals, then into butterflies to disappear into a world of our own, while numerous other songs revisit the mythology of my childhood as dedications to family members. Though it's punctuated by some lighthearted moments (like the poem in "Suspended (Omgoi)," which I wrote when I was 15!) Anadromous is a contemplative, somewhat spare album with typically intricate guitar work that reveals subtle development and evolution across the sometimes sprawling song structures. While Cheap Seats sought to display the potential of thick layers of rock coloration and counterpoint, Anadromous seeks to find just how much you can say with one instrument and one vocal. I hope you like it!
Risks and challenges
As always, the challenge with independent recording projects is promotion. Like Cheap Seats, Anadromous was funded out of my pocket, so release and promotion are my main opportunities to recoup my costs and save up for the next project, of which there are many! It's a great time to be a music consumer and a difficult time to be a music-maker--it may be easier than ever to access creative content for free, but it always requires at least some monetary investment to produce a professional product. Your support ensures a continuing level of professional quality in my creative content!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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