I’ve been working hard over the last month on a new EP, entitled “The Autumn Shrine.” More time should be spent marketing and promoting Electric Sepulcher, but hey — music work comes first! I’ve always been jealous of Stereolab’s ability to release EPs and other cool projects almost simultaneously with their regular albums.
The Autumn Shrine contains three pieces. The first one is the title track — a 13-14 minute (still finalizing the ending) epic that essentially works as a requiem for the retired/inertially-challenged Quarkspace. (Bless us.) It follows a suite structure not unlike Shine On You Crazy Diamond; the Floyd influence never leaves us far behind.
Frankly, it’s been a blast writing and recording this fresh piece over the last month or so. The opening piano motif is about two years old and I actually taught it to Jay and we played it with Darren one time back in those halcyon days of 2013.
A Philip Glass-inspired arpeggiation (played on the Moog Sub 37) is the basis for the second piece. A three minute ditty with piano alongside, this piece appeared in late August nearly fully-formed as an improvisation. I just need to mix the thing. And give it a title.
Finally, there is Transaxiom, a track from the Electric Sepulcher sessions that seemed to work better on another release. It was hard work balancing ES into a 40-45 album and the album already had enough “happy” electronica pieces. Once again, the Stereolab model or even The Beatles for that matter applies in this case. Some of the best songs from both bands weren’t on albums.
The Autumn Shrine will be available digitally from the usual sources — iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc. — probably around the end of the month. It won’t be released on CD. Expect to pay around $5 for a download, but we’ll work up a scheme to give downloads away for free with every purchase of Electric Sepulcher or Rivers of Asphalt.
Expect more news when the EP is released!