I have not been very active on the internet over the past few months, but don’t worry: I’m still alive (as far as I can tell). I guess it’s not unusual for a musician to go this amount of time without releasing new material, but when, over a span of two years, you
make countless mistakes release countless EPs, you start to feel lazy for not sticking with that pace.
Don’t worry though, I will have new music out soon (as far as I can tell).
I haven’t been completely inactive though. In addition to working on more Magic Kingdom EPs and maybe even a short film, I’ve been doing all sorts of fun things:
Earlier this year, I shot and directed a music video for a song called “Still LIfe” by Beach Weather, the musical project of Henry Armbrecht, whose music I recently described as “sleepy” in a completely loving and positive way. Armbrecht once garnered musical fame regionally for a not-to-be-named electronic power-pop emo band in which he sang and played keytar (that part’s not a joke) and apparently lived out a stereotypical-rock-star mini-character-arc before even graduating high school.
He’s now older, wiser, a bit more mature (he claims) and is making really nice, soothing music that sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a Miranda July film.
I’m also, on occasion, playing bass for hip-hop act Regenerates. They have an album coming out in a few days called “Bad Dreams” and if you’re into things like Kanye West, good musicianship and creativity (i.e. you’re a human being) listen to the first single which samples "Angel of Mercy" by moonguys.
And speaking of moonguys, they recently recorded a song I wrote a few years ago in a failed band attempt called Jomps. The song, called "Summertime" (not to be confused with the jazz standard that I unfortunately did not write) is a sort of summer anthem birthed out of a time when I was trying to find meaning and adventure in a season notoriously chock-full of it (at least in the movies).
I’m personally more of a winter flower, feeling emboldened and reinvigorated by the cold air. The heat of summer in Alabama drains me, and my skin doesn’t hold up well under ultraviolet scrutiny. Still, as I grow older and slowly see the freedom associated with summer fade away, I feel nostalgic. I want that adventure.
So, the song is in some ways about a rebellion against an adulthood we are expected to step into after college where summer vacation doesn’t really exist and a willingness to give up a normal life to escape it. I hope the mood is the angsty transition-period-of-life existential crisis Noah Baumbach would make a movie about.
I hope you enjoy all of these things, and I hope I’ll be in touch more frequently in the coming months.