Just a long overdue news update to keep you informed about the latest happenings with the Church of Hed. First off, I’ve uploaded two of our albums to Bandcamp — Electric Sepulcher and The Autumn Shrine EP. Expect Rivers of Asphalt and the Church of Hed debut to show up there over the next few weeks, when I get a spare moment or three for uploading. We’ve piggybacked onto the Quarkspace Bandcamp account for simplicity’s sake.
You have the option to listen to the albums, download them in FLAC or MP3, or even purchase a CD in the case of Electric Sepulcher. As always, we throw in a free download card for The Autumn Shrine EP (among other freebies) as a “thank you” for your support.
New Church of Hed Album in Progress
I’m also in the middle of recording a new album. This comes as a surprise, since I really should be working exclusively on the sequel to Rivers of Asphalt — I am still composing and getting my fingers familiar with the parts on RoA 2, but it isn’t my main focus, currently.
After picking up the Korg SQ-1 sequencer, I rearranged my studio so the SQ-1 could serve as a sync “traffic cop” between my Volcas, Monotribe, Teenage Engineering PO-12, and the Moog Sub 37. Needless to say, a new Berlin School composition appeared soon afterward. It clocks in a 20-21 minutes in the old school way.
A complimentary piece was developed out of a Sub 37/drum improvisation, with additional sections being written, including another SQ-1 managed sequencer workout. This track also approaches the twenty-minute mark.
Additional overdub and orchestration parts are being written, rehearsed, and recorded. I’m really excited about this album! Expect a release later this year — probably late summer or early fall.
At this point, I am considering making it an exclusive Bandcamp release, since two twenty minute tracks don’t really fit the current streaming-based digital music market. I expect to provide some form of CD version through Bandcamp as well. We’ll have more details as the release gets closer.
As always, thanks for listening! It’s Eternity’s Jest Records 20th anniversary this year — thank you for your continued support of our weirdo music stylings!