After nearly a year since my last release a new EP is on the way. Stylistically, this new EP is a bit of a departure from the last album. However, it is more ambient, like the first Magnetic album, ‘The Desolation Coast’. Magnetic has come full circle. I am currently mixing the 5 new tracks and hope to have a release date firmed up shortly.
Take a listen to my new EP!! It is available for free at Bandcamp and Jamendo. Let me know what you think!!!
The recording of the new EP I have been working on is complete. I am starting to mix tonight. It is sounding pretty good, if I do say so myself.
There will be 5 songs on it…The tracklisting is (titles are subject to change…but not likely)…
1. In Embers
2. We Live Like Lions
3. Eastern Front
4. The Losing
…which gives you about 27 Minutes of music. Give or take, depending on editing and fades etc.
This has been the most successful 12 months for Magnetic. Not only, have I been far more prolific than previous years but the albums are starting to get downloaded more frequently. Between the various sites I use to distribute my music, I been averaging 25 downloads every two days from all around the globe.
So, I am pretty happy…
Right now I am listening to some rough mixes of the four new songs I have been working on. They are starting to take shape. I also have the beginnings of a few more ideas that I am going to start developing. Other than that, there is not much else to report…
The burst of creativity that began with the writing and recording of Sprawl/ The Hamilton Revision albums is still burning within me. I have been doing a lot of writing lately and have 4 new songs near completion. Not sure how it will all work out…a new album? a new E.P. ? Not sure. I’m just going to keep on writing and see where it goes.
My album, ‘Sprawl’, released in mid 2011 is now available on iTunes. Please do not resist the urge to support this project and head over to the following link and buy the album…
Cover art by Matthew McInnes.
This isn’t going to be a list of what I think are the ‘best’ albums of 2011, at least not in a critical sense…who really cares what I think. Rather, it will be a list of albums that spoke to me in some way over the last year. There might be some records out there that are technically better or sold more copies, but this list isn’t about those albums. It is about the 12 albums that inspired me most, ones that influenced me creatively, and could always be found on my iPhone…
So, let the countdown commence…Here they are (in no particular order…they are all equally awesome!!)
12. Beef Terminal - Humidex
11. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
10. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
9. Mike Watt - Hyphenated-Man
8. Radiohead - King of Limbs
7. Lowercase Noises - Migratory Patterns
6. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
5. Tom Waits - Bad as Me
4. Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
2. Matthew Good - Lights of Endangered Species
1. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
A few others that were close are:
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (Deluxe Edition Re-issue)
Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Braids - Native Speaker
Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
So there you have it…I may or may not post some explanations for why I chose these albums and what it is about them that I like.