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FINALLY! New Song and New Album!

March 21st, 2018 | by Niko Van Steenhoven

To quote Mortal Kombat: “IT HAS BEGUN!!!”

Yes that’s right.

After 6 years of work we’ve just dropped the first song from our new album “Purity”!

Purity Cover

It’s called “The Catalyst”, which is song #1 on the album. I’ve even made a lyric video for the song, so please, stop reading this dumb article and watch it!



*whew*

Man, seriously, what a weird feeling to finally be able to show you what we’ve been working on since 2012. A fucking long time huh? Yeah, I hear you.

I’d love to say that I’m super excited, but realistically, I think I’m more relieved than anything. Having this big important project hanging over my head for so long was like a weight on my shoulders. (And mixed metaphors, apparently).

I’m very happy with this album, and all the wonderful contributions from everyone (with specific mention of Eric’s production work), but at this point I’m just glad to finally start getting it out of my hands, and into yours. Well, your digital hands at least.

If you’re wondering why it took 6 years to finish this album, I wrote a 3-part article series last year detailing the entire recording and production process, revealing a lot of the setbacks and distractions along the way. Worth a read if you’re into that kind of behind the scenes thing.




ABOUT THE ALBUM



So, what about this new album?

Indeed.

There’s a shit ton of things I could say about Purity. But I may save the bulk of that for a more detailed article or video down the line if that’s something people care about.

For now I’ll just briefly say that musically, it’s the most approachable and stylistically diverse album we’ve ever done. It explores a lot of genres that I grew up with, like 80’s synth pop, 90’s R&B, industrial and electronic rock. Definitely a lot more focused on catchy, more accessible songs and arrangements, but still incorporating hints of experimental ideas and artsy shit. You know I like that stuff. Heh.

Lyrically it’s probably the most personal and vulnerable I’ve been. It deals with the worst years of my life, and explores themes of existential nihilism, purpose, and perhaps most of all, identity.

Honestly, writing this album was a cathartic experience about looking through my past to help me figure out who I am, and where I want to go from here.

If you liked Sweet Painful Reality and Empyreal Progeny, I think you’ll find a lot more songs on Purity that you’ll like as well. And if you’re one of the few that got into Moira’s Lake, I think you’ll find some stuff you’ll like in here too. It’s just a bit more subtle this time.

Again, I might go into more detail about these things later on.




WHAT TO EXPECT



So, you’ve probably noticed that (at least at the time of this writing) there’s only one song on our new album “Purity”.

Well that’s because we’re trying a new approach this time. We plan on releasing the album one song at a time every 2 weeks or so.

There’s 3 primary reasons for doing this:

1. It makes it easier for us. There’s a lot of little behind the scenes things we need to prep and have ready for releasing an album, and since we’re all super busy these days, it makes it a lot easier for us to manage when we can do one song at a time, and then have a short break to prepare for the next one.

2. It’s respectful of your time. Perhaps you’ve noticed, but it’s harder and harder to just sit down and devote time to listen to an entire album anymore. Releasing one song at a time allows you find the time to actually listen to it (in theory at least).

3. It’s also selfish. Yep, freely admitted. We put a lot of care and work into these songs, and we really want people, like you, to take their time with each song and really listen and appreciate them as best they can. That’s a lot harder to do when you have a full album of songs at once. The tendency is to skip around and sample things rather than really absorb each song.




A SMALL FAVOR



If you like “The Catalyst”, or any of the upcoming songs on Purity, I have a small favor to ask. First of all, thanks for listening! What I’d really appreciate is if you’d mind sharing the song with just one other person you think might like it too.

That’s it.

All we want is to share this music that we care about with those that might like it.

Honestly, thank you so much. I look forward to sharing even more music with you soon!









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