|Releasing a tribute to rivers, a dubble object of DADA EGGs + general Tributary liner notes||
9 July 2021> For the last Sound Furies album we posted 1 track daily for the 12 days up to its release on Xmas ǝve of 2020. For our next, Tributaries, we'll release a song a week for the next 25 weeks (in riverse order than the album) w/ accompanying liner notes hear on 5cense. Then on December 24, 2021 (our 25th anniversary) we'll release the album as a whole, as an anniversary present to our selves. We already released stream #25 (Kanawha) in tribute to Gian, who died a few months ago, so instead we'll reveal general liner notes about the entire album in this post. For starters, here's the cover:
The imedge was appropriated from a saddlelight view of a delta we forget which, doesn't matter...
every tributary belongs to the same 1 river in the same way the 25 streams of Tributary are seamlessly a part of 1 record + like our previous 3 outings shd be listened to in album order. Whether we release it on vinyl remains to be seen... no 1 got our previous records so seams pointless. May-b we'll press 1 or 2 copies in wax as a record of our ǝxistence, like we did w/ our 1st LP, un.
Our move back to Italy in a month complicates the issue as far as when/where to receive the physical product, but perhaps we'll use the same folks that pressed our 1st, who happen to be in Bologna.
Disc 1: Side A
Yep, a dubble album... rather ambitious considering both our bedder-½ + a.I. believe there ain't such thing as a classic dubble album, at least that anybody has yet pulled off. Sure lots of bands have laid down over an hour of good material spread across 2 (or even 3 discs) (The River, London Calling (+ Sandinista! ), the White album, Exile on Main Street, Trout Mask Replica, Double Nickels on the Dime, Zen Arcade + the 4 most recent Swans albums), but we're talking about where the album has a certain cohesiveness, an "album object" in much the way we talk about book objects (call us art snobs). The Wall or Quadrophenia (+ Tommy) perhaps come close to what we're talking about, but there's always a weak link in the batch of tracks or they come off as too rock opera-ish. Not that Tributaries is a dubble opus, but we tried... again, mostly cuz we wanted there to be 25 songs, 1 for each year of our marriage.
Each song is a tribute to a river, but also a journihilistic record of a certain era in our lives when/where said river played a vital role, so in a sense the streams are journel entrées. The lyrics to each we already posted on the album page if u wanna sneak a peak. Like our previous album, Tributaries was recorded in isolation during the covid pandemic, w/ the addition of a few new toys purchased twards the end of last year to keep us from going stir crazy (we din't travel or go out or spend money on anything in 2020 b-sides food so why not?). For starters, an e-drum kit:
... not real drums, but a step up from the finger pads we were using before (+ sure our neighbors appreciate that they're electronic). We ain't so coordinated to do 3-4 things @ once w/ diffrent limbs so often we plug the kick-drum line into the floor tom jack ± record individual drums + cymbals separately (mapping them most of the time to the "Dirty Jungle+" kit in Logic Pro X) + indeependantly combine w/ loops + programmed beats, etc... nothing we'd be able to recreate live. We also got a mandolin (used on 6-7 songs):
We don't typically tune it how you're sposed to + keep breaking the bottum strings so often we use just 3 (really 6 cuz they're dubbled up). We also got an autoharp (used on 4-5 songs) + a ukulele (tho we didn't use it on any songs) + our bedder-½ got a flute (also not used). Mostly we used our acoustic guitar, don't think we used our electric on a single track.
We used various tunings but the most commun way we tuned was D-A-D-A-A-D or E-G-E-G-G-E + as on previous albums we seem to gravitate twards minor pentatonic scales.
For recording we used Logic Pro X + then mastered w/ Adobe Audition. As on prior albums, we opted for a quieter "wall of air" approach rather than caving into loudness wars... even the digital version was mixed as if vinyl was the target medium (so streams will sound a lot quieter when mixed in w/ other digital tracks). For eggsample, hear's what the "Kanawha" waveform looks like:
Our Minear's d-zzz still made it a pain to mix (w/ constant tinnitus + being ½-deaf in 1 ear), bud it wasn't acting up as much as last year so hopefully the mix is bedder balanced. The album's perhaps a bit mellower than our previous LPs + perhaps not as dark. It's still for the most guitar-driven (what we use to write songs), but we tried to mix it ala wall of sound so it all blends together as 1 instrawment, nothing standing out, but at the same time recorded acoustically raw w/ minimal FX. Primary notes were attenuated + dissonance + resinants were accentuated, augmented in2 feedback loops + almost every stream has a subtle backwords reverb effect on the vox (where u flip the track backwards, apply reverb then flip back farword) to cut the edge so everything blends bedder.
We also rewatched sum river movies (Apocalypse Now, Deliverance, Fitzcarraldo,
The African Queen, Bridge Over River Kwai, etc.)
+ revisited sum river books (Heart of Darkness, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Singing Fish, etc.). Lord nose weave obssesed plenty over rivers (Huck Finn + Finnegans Wake run deep thru A Raft Manifest + now we've embarked on thriver meme, but it was our bedder-½ (the voice of Sound Furies)'s idea to make an album about rivers, as they play an important role in their current research in food systems, how rivers are the lifelines of sum countries.
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