Posts Tagged ‘indie-pop’

New album coming up and a fantastic CD Sale!

There’s a new Postal Blue CD coming out soon, and this time it’s a full-length. It’s going to be released by Cloudberry Records’ sister label Plastilina around February 2009, in beautifully designed digipack, artwork by talented and trustworthy Krister Bladh who did the artwork for the recent Postal Blue single (on its way to selling out already).

I couldn’t be happier right now as the new CD has been receiving rave reviews, and I’m finally gaining some momentum regarding my songwriting and actual releases. I’m still a bit stressed over the whole process, as it’s been a while since I’ve written a batch of songs with the pressure of a release in sight.

Another piece of news is that pretty soon all of the Postal Blue catalogue will be available for purchase on the main digital download sellers.

Oh, and, last but not least, Humblebee Recordings is holding a huge sale, and you can get our Road to Happiness CD-EP for a mere $2 plus shipping. Yes, that’s right, $2. There’s a few copies left to go, and Kyle needs to clear space for new Humblebee releases. Click here to buy.

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New song

Not actually new, as I recorded it a couple of years ago. But this one has actually never been floating on the internet, like other songs of mine have been.

This particular song evokes feelings of both accomplishment and failure. I’ll explain: for those of you who are musicians, and have worked with midi, you know what it’s like to work with a sequencer, and program backing tracks on a computer with some sort of midi controller (usually a keyboard). There are many ways to do it. You can put the software on “record”, and play the track as you want to hear it or you can go “step by step”, taking passes, recording each part in different runs.

Or you can do as I did, with NO midi controller, CLICKING your way through each note in a track, and playing it multiple times until it does what you want it to do. This track was ALL done like that, drums and keyboards. The only instruments I actually played were guitar and bass. It was just arranged like that, through mouse-click. I hope everyone who listens to this track can appreciate the hard work that went into it.

As I said, I feel a great sense of accomplishment in the fact that I managed to finish it using that “procedure”, and it still turned out great.

The failure is in the fact that I never could come up with vocals for it. I tried a bunch of stuff, different lyrics, different melodies, ba da bas, pa pa pas, everything, but nothing added to it. I decided to make it an instrumental, and I think it works great that way, but I believe sometimes it takes another musician to appreciate that, and I’d go as far as make a bet that many people reading this will actually go away WITHOUT listening to the track because I just made the mistake to say it’s an instrumental.

So, everyone, please DO listen to it (you’ll see I’m using a lot of UPPER case in this post to get my point accross) . For those who are not Postal Blue fans, you can go ahead, and listen because it sounds nothing like PB. It’s actually a snappy new wave synth-driven tune. For those who are Postal Blue fans, you can indulge me (I’m your pop icon, remember that), and give it a try. Let me know what you think of it, and don’t mind the very loud keyboard part in the ending. I still haven’t come around to fixing the mix, but I will before and if I decide to release this one.

Without further ado, I give you:

Two

You’re invited to participate!

Postal Blue live at the Teatro Nacional

Ok, so I have these songs that I’ve been wanting to get out there in CD format. They’re really great, the best I have ever done (one of them is available for a limited time as a free download in my previous post).

What I’ve just decided that I’m going to do is post one song here every week, and let people choose the best among them for my next CD. I’d really appreciate it if you took the time to leave a comment on each song.

Important: these are demo recordings. I’m going to thouroughly re-record and improve them for the release. I’m going to make these demos available as a podcast later, for those who miss the chance to download.

Later I’ll be posting more about my future plans, including how I’m going to be able to find time to actually record these songs and other new ones in the very little available time I have.

Blog Schmog

live postal blue actionOh no, another blog. Just what we needed. And from a wannabe tunesmith, to make it worse.

That’s right folks. I’ve finally caved in, and started a blog. The guy who’s spent years badmouthing every new internet trend, from friendster to myspace to orkut to blogs. I’m going to try and use this space as a direct line of communication with anyone who likes good pop music, especially those who like MY music (I know you’re out there). I’d also like to talk about other stuff that I’m interested in, if you allow me, like painting, literature, video games, guitars, recording etc.

Updates will be made frequently, meaning, as frequently as I can, though I won’t promise anything. I only promise there will some interesting and useful bits of information everytime I post, like what I ate for breakfast or my grocery shopping list.

I’m going to write about music mostly, so those who suffer from tunnel vision can just relax. No music reviews, though. Ok, maybe a review here and there, which I’m sure I will regret, since many people are probably going to be pissed off at what I’ll say, as it so often happens. I feel like Larry David sometimes. Or Basil Fawlty.

If you’re a musician, you’re especially going to like it here, because I like to talk about songwriting and recording a lot. Oh, and the always entertaining and amusing music business rants. They’re going to be frequent, yes.

Last but not least, for those who like my music, I’m planning to upload songs on an irregular basis. Like every so whenever the hell I want. I feel like doing it now, so here goes a previously unreleased song I did a while ago. It’s definitely going to be on my upcoming solo album, which is going to be released by someone I still haven’t met under a band name I have yet to chose. Feel free to chime in, and let me know how you feel about it. I’m accepting band name suggestions. If you have any questions about the recording or whatever, I’ll answer them here or in the next post.

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