Random Blog Post #18
Holy crap! It’s been forever since I last posted here! Well, I have lots of good news. My new album isn’t quite done yet, but it’s super close. So much so that I’m going to start publishing posts to talk about each song individually next week. This post is going to be all weird and disjointed. It’s after midnight, and I feel sad or something.
Anyway, yeah, it’s been a long time since I last posted a real update here. I still feel good about the album, but I suppose I do have concerns. As you may know, I haven’t put out a full-length album since 2015. So this new album, More Awesome Than Awesome, is made up stuff I’ve worked on since then, and even stuff from as far as back 2013.
Why is that a concern? Well, I sort of planned it that way, thinking that it would be sort of a best-of of everything I’ve been doing for the last 3 years. That’s true to a point, but I employed so many different recording and songwriting techniques over that time. For some of the songs, the recordings I already had sounded kind of bad, so I had to try to relearn them on guitar and overdub of them. For other songs, the sound quality was good, but the timing was all off or I couldn’t figure out how to play the parts again. Ugh.
So for the last month or more, I’ve been trying to make the songs sound somewhat cohesive. I want them to sound like they belong together. Mastering will do that by itself, but it can’t do everything. I’m mostly worried about two songs: “Slut” and “Get Offended.” The former is unlike any other song I’ve done probably. And maybe it sounds fine, but I’m just comparing it to my other stuff, and that’s why I think there’s something wrong with it. I don’t know. It sounds…empty or something. “Get Offended,” to me, is at least currently suffering from me not remembering how to play the guitar parts I recorded years ago. I wanted to overdub it or double-track it, but yeah…I can’t remember how to play it. Luckily the recording isn’t too bad, so I’ll figure out a way to make it work.
The other songs are sounding as best as they’re going to get, I think, for better or for worse. Months ago I posted about how I wanted these songs to be shorter, weirder, and more interesting than my past work. I’m confident in saying that I’ve succeeded in doing that. I’m slightly worried that I’ve spent too much preening over the songs though.
And that’s the biggest reason why it’s taking me so long to get this album done. I’ll listen to every song over and over, making tiny changes to them until my ears can’t even take it anymore. There comes a point when everything just sounds bad. But then I come back to the projects a week later, and I’m happy with them again. To me, these are my best produced songs, but I don’t know if that means they’re any more or less likable than my older stuff.
I would love to have someone who would listen to my stuff and critique the crap out of it. Especially with these new songs, they’re weird, but they’re not THAT weird. The only feedback I really get is if something is exceptionally good or bad. “Eff It” is going to be one of those classic Robby Suavé songs; I’m sure of it. “I’ll Get You What You Want” is probably going to be instantly forgettable to everyone but me.
Alright, I’ve typed enough. Ugh. You wouldn’t believe how many blog posts I’ve typed up that I haven’t and probably won’t publish regarding More Awesome Than Awesome. There’s one that sums up each song on the album, one by one, in a sentence or two. And then I also started getting into the nitty gritty of each song, dedicating an entire blog post for each track. Let me know if you want to read stuff like that. Which would you prefer? Maybe both? Maybe neither?