Happy New Year! We're excited for this year's potential! 2020 was a rough year for artists but we're hopeful that this year will bring us closer to something that feels a little more normal. If you've been following us on Instagram you may have noticed a series of ominous posts imbedded with very short audio clips. The clips are from a new song we've written called "Criminal." We think election season is the perfect time to release it. If you're not following us on Instagram (or haven't checked in with us on there in awhile), click the image below.
Each post is a small clip of the new single, "Criminal," in reverse order. So, you'll be able to listen to a larger portion of the song in succession up until release. The song comes out on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021 and will be available for purchase at roshambeauxmusic.com/shop and the music video will be available on YouTube as well. As always, all Patreon subscribers get the single free, sent directly to their email and have early access to the music video.
What's Up With J...
This week I finished the final cut of our new music video for our new single "Criminal" and finalized the master. I'm really happy how it all turned out! After questioning myself repeatedly Kyle was able to put me in my place. I did learn this week that sometimes nit-picking can just be another form of procrastination. So once I had everything locked in frame and had the adjustments made to the audio that I had issues with I bounced it and uploaded it. All of you on our Patreon now have access to view the final cut and download the MP3! It will be out officially Jan 20th. Besides work I am happy to say that I should have my sleep study in hand soon and can't wait to get this issue resolved. Due to Covid, as you all know, medical care has been delayed and is taking a lot longer than usual. I first sought help for this back in September and it's finally happening! I am grateful to be on this path of healing both physically and emotionally to better move forward with all that we have planned for this coming year. In the midst of the consistent panic attacks. Back in November, I decided to write and try and express what it was I was feeling sonically and under the working title "Panic" I'm glad to say that Kyle is finishing up on his parts as we speak (he's done an amazing job) and this brings us one more step closer to finishing our new album that will release this year. After this one, we have one or two more to get all our parts down. The mixing, mastering and conceptualization will begin. I'm ahead on mixing but plan to go back and tweak some previously released tracks to better fit the mold and apply some new techniques I've learned this past year. I'm really looking forward to bringing this whole concept together as a total and hope you are looking forward to it as well. To anyone that reads this...I love you very much.
What's Up With Kyle...
I had a nice quiet NYE at home with my family. It was a pretty stark contrast to some of the wilder NYE's of the past but I don't know if I would have traded a quiet glass of champagne and ABC's Time Square live feed on Hulu for any of them. With all the insanity of last year, I'm really grateful for my loved ones helping the world seem sane.
This week I've been working on lyrics for a new song for the next album. It's always a weird place to be as a writer. No two songs come about the exact same way but this one the music was done first which is a little off the beaten path for how I usually contribute to how our songs turn out (although it's not the first time: Tease, Rattlesnake, Got It). Sometimes, this situation can be a little intimidating. When the music is already finished, the lyric process can often feel forced or "trite" as we say, talking back and forth on video calls via Messenger. It's important to focus on "I get to write lyrics for a finished song," rather than "I have to finish these lyrics and not have them sound forced." J reminded me this week that lyrics are about describing a canvas or a setting where the song lives. It's not only about making words sound good together but imagining a different world and describing what you see, hear, feel, smell or taste.
The lyrics for this one (with the working title, "Panic," which I think we're gonna keep) are finished up and I'm on to tracking my parts for the song. The funny things about the writing process is that inspiration hardly ever comes when you make a conscious decision to sit down and work on something. Inspiration often interrupts you and makes you run around frantically looking for a notebook, guitar or your phone's voice recorder. So, in short, while I was working on this last song, another one came out of nowhere. I love it when that happens.
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