THE NEW ALBUM
THE GREAT CALM ELECTRIC
I started the project with a heavier sound in mind, more peaks and valleys in the progressions. Then when Phil Anderson came on board as producer he stressed the need for the “meniscus” to be very tight through every track. The aim was more subtlety and would produce more impact. It was a very micro way of going about it and just what I needed. It took me time to adjust but it was the perfect compliment to my macro vision. I must have said a hundred times let's hit the go button here or there and everywhere! The journey each song takes as a result is right in the sweet spot and I’m very happy with the final product. I would say this shift in approach is vital for longevity. The album came out more inviting for repeat listening and I can’t see making music without that viewpoint in the future. One thing that stuck out to me as the process was getting along is it felt like a third album not a first, much more polish than I could have done without such a solid team. The best thing about the arts is you can imagine something for years but it will never come out as expected, that’s the gift. The writing process for me has always been about the unseen, the thing behind the thing. I’m of the opinion we are all looking for God in some way and I do that in my writing. The process was natural, mostly smooth with minimal backtracking and lots of innocent exploration. Nothing is sacred in rock and roll, you just gotta try something and build off that and that's what we did. From our hands to your ears, enjoy.