It’s taken a lot of work and frustration to get my new album to sound how it should. Sometimes, all it takes is removing an instrument, re-recording a phrase or adding a tiny detail. But knowing what to alter is the hardest part. I can get stuck in a cycle of adding more and more layers, but sometimes less is more.
We recorded most of the album back in April, went on tour in May, and spent June and July editing, re-recording, re-thinking the album. For a while, I thought the album was absolute turd. But the list of details, clean-ups and re-takes is getting smaller and I can hear the songs as they’re supposed to sound and I am so happy! It’s turning out to be dancey, fun, serious and silly and I can’t wait for people to hear it!
I remember recording the last album and mentally telling my future-self “this is hard! But don’t give up, just push through it!”
The one important thing I’ve learned while making this new album is: “drop the ego.” I’ve noticed that I have a notion of who I am and it fits into a me-shaped-mould. But I have to break out of that conception of myself to do what the song calls for.
-That’s too rough / too sexy / too weak a thing for me to say.
-Just drop the fucking ego, get into the song, perform it, record it!
Self-doubt, comparing oneself to other artists, being over-sensitive to friends’ criticisms, are all part of my ego.
Today, I’m proud to say that we’ve made lots of progress and I feel grateful for the album being almost finished!!!!
The release is set for October. (The exact date will be announced soon.)
Now we’re driving off to the Maritimes (road trip with MY MOM!) to take part in Action Week and Messtival! Woohoo!