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New album Brighter Days released, free to download!
October 14, 2017 | 3:06 pm

You read that right, the album's done. In case you're wondering what happened to track 10, read on...

Summary for busy readers: head over to https://eido.bandcamp.com/album/brighter-days and grab yourself a totally free copy of my latest album, Brighter Days. The full album mixes are in some cases great improvements over the versions here on iComp, so if you liked any of Brighter Days here, you owe it to yourself to get the final version. (Did I mention it's free?)


Earlier today I was agonising over whether Brighter Days could be considered 'done' or whether there's more I could or should be doing with it. I got chatting to a buddy of mine, who reminded me of Leonardo da Vinci's comment that 'art is never finished, only abandoned'. I can relate.

It's been a long journey. As you've probably gathered if you've been following my gradual progress, the earliest music in this project was written all the way back in the late 90s, and it's taken almost twenty years to find its way home. In the process it's jumped genres, from dark progressive metal to electronica with influences from trance, synthwave and 8-bit music. And now, at last, I'm prepared to call it done.

(Although apparently it isn't ready to call me done. As I'm writing this blog I'm listening through the audio one last time, and I just found a glitch. Sigh. Fear not, by the time this is uploaded it'll be fixed.)


Those of you who've been following closely might be wondering what happened to track 10. Didn't I say there would be a track 10? What happens at the end of the story?!?! (If you weren't aware that there was a story, you can skip the next paragraph.)

So, yes, Dark Days was indeed supposed to have a track 10. Originally called Remembrance, it was our hero's final lament. Alone in the wilderness, isolated and rejected, having lost the love of his life, all he has left are his memories, and even those are now starting to wear out from over-use. 'And then you'll be gone forever' is the album closer.

Holy hell, track 10 was bleak and depressing. It seemed like a good idea to end the album on a massive downer because my then-favourite band Anathema had just done the same thing with their album Alternative 4, and frankly Dark Days was basically a massive homage to Anathema so I was pretty much powerless to resist. Also I was 19 years old and gloomy as a really gloomy thing.

When I came back to try to record the project in earnest some time later, I tried to develop Remembrance into something that wouldn't make everyone want to jump off a bridge. It became known as The Parting Of Ways, essentially symbolic of me finally laying all this old music to rest and moving on with my life. It turned into a bit of an epic, piling in every fragment of music I hadn't yet used for something else, and honestly it ended up as an unwieldy riff salad. I still really like parts of it, but having spent two days working it up into an electronica piece, it was feeling forced, and it didn't really add anything that the album didn't have already. On top of that, getting back into making music has reminded me that this is something I get a lot out of, and if I can I'd like to keep doing it - so there's really no reason to burn all of my remaining musical ideas in a gigantic self-indulgent twelve-minute epic that nobody will listen to more than once.

Thus, we're done. Nine tracks in 48 minutes doesn't seem too shabby to me, and, more importantly, I enjoy what's here. (I suspect by the time I've tracked down these audio glitches I might need a month or two away from it, but that's another story...)

It's been a long, long road, but the end is finally here...

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Yay!!! Off to get it …
Artist Page Send Message October 14, 2017 | 3:19 pm
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smiley
Artist Page Send Message October 14, 2017 | 3:24 pm
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Got it. smiley

I'm really looking forward to listening to the whole thing.
Artist Page Send Message October 14, 2017 | 3:35 pm
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Yea, I 'll check it. I want to use Bandcamp as well if I ever finish my "album". I am a bit lost there as to what is what, this will be my first time to really check something out like this. Hope it goes well!
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Artist Page Send Message October 16, 2017 | 1:21 am
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@thebenteights: Many thanks! I can definitely recommend Bandcamp as a platform - they offer a great service free, and there are some extra features you can pay for if you need the extra bells and whistles (I don't).
Artist Page Send Message October 16, 2017 | 4:20 am
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Finally had time to listen. Nice album that came from a dark place; BUT that's the point of avoiding a "perfect world" where imagination and creativity would be outlawed. Thanks - Phil
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Artist Page Send Message October 22, 2017 | 8:56 am
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I, too, have had a listen – my first whole listen – it’s a great ride through some powerful emotional expressions. I so enjoy albums that ebb and flow in tempo, instrumentation, and mood.

As a specific note, I particularly enjoy Alone. Quite beautiful.
Artist Page Send Message October 23, 2017 | 1:14 am
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Making a nite to check out.
Best to you.
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Artist Page Send Message November 21, 2017 | 5:00 pm
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@GaryLester: Thanks Gary! Hope you enjoy it.
Artist Page Send Message November 24, 2017 | 3:34 am

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