Well, winter hasn’t really happened here in the Midwest, but nonetheless I continue working on A Cold White Universe EP — the soon-come Church of Hed release. As you might have noticed, this would make two “seasonal” EP releases when combined with The Autumn Shrine EP. This may be part of a larger plan? Stay tuned.
Mixing is going well, and I hope to begin mastering the tiny album this weekend. It features two tracks. Echoes of December is a five-minute exploration with arpeggiated synth and drumming. The title track is a ten minute jaunt of wind, ambience, delayed piano ostinatos, and a gradual descent into a foreboding winter. So there.
Expect a release in about two weeks — Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc. We’ll let you know.
Aural Innovations Jerry interviews Church of Hed Paul
Jerry Kranitz, retired head-honcho of Aural Innovations, recently interviewed me about the making of Brandenburg Heights. It was published on TabMuse, my online magazine about cool music technology. Check it out, read some of the other content, and tell your friends.
New Brandenburg Heights Reviews Abound
Peter Thelen, for the legendary prog magazine-now-webzine, Expose, recently reviewed our Brandenburg Heights release. As Peter says: “Needless to say, this one is a grower, new things are revealed with each successive spin.” Indeed.
Andy Garibaldi, better known as AndyG, also reviewed Brandenburg Heights. “As a complete 40+ minute piece, it’s not a lie to say that this is faultless, almost a masterpiece, and certainly the finest piece of music I’ve heard to date from Church Of Hed, and decidedly an album that anyone into strong and varied, dynamic and consistent, quality and repeat playable electronic music, should really consider owning and enjoying, long, loud and often.” Yeah, man.
New Church of Hed Activities
Once A Cold White Universe EP is released, I plan on beginning work on a new studio album. This one will be beat-laden: live playing and soulful drum machine patterns — most of the time, simultaneously. A bit more upbeat compared to Brandenburg Heights, but still freaky as ever.
I am also recording a few drum beats and synth bass lines for Greg Kozlowski, guitarist for the US spacerock band, Architectural Metaphor — I’d link to their website or Facebook page, but they have neither. This work is either for an upcoming solo album or part of Greg’s Antrilon electronic music project.
Finally, practice work on the parts for the Father Road — my sequel to Rivers of Asphalt — continues unabated. New ideas for the Sierra Mountains and Nevada portions of the road recently arrived, leaving only Wyoming as the only part without any composition work. Dick Cheney would be pleased.
As always — thanks for reading!