I’ve taken some major steps forward in regards to the recording of my next solo record, “It Could Be Worse,” so I thought I’d give you some updates. If you don’t care, then there’ll probably be an everything/nothing post in a couple days or something. If nothing else, my birthday is Monday so that’ll probably motivate me to write something. But for now, I wanted to write a post for my fan. Singular. I have one. Hi, Angela.
I think I’ve got all or at least 99% of the instruments recorded. There’s guitars, bass, keys, drums, and even a little harmonica. It’s sounding good (if I may be so bold). There’s a little bit of a different feel to this one. For my own sake, I burned a CD of just the music tracks to listen to and check levels/performances, etc…and most of the songs hold up as a good listen, even without the vocal parts, which I’m not sure I’d say about a lot of my back-catalog. (Some of it, sure…but a lot of it definitely needs words…) It’s turned into an interesting mix of laid back, moody stuff and punk-influenced pop-songs. Yet it gels pretty well.
All told, I think it’s going to be about a 40-minute record (give or take). Some folks could probably fit it into their morning commute. And I think that’s good. Ever since CDs came along and offered everybody 80 minutes to mess with, albums got too long. Sometimes it’s nice to know you don’t have to take the whole day off to listen to every damn idea the writer had in the past couple of years.
I was going to wait until we were a little closer to release in 2018 (I’m thinking March–which means we’re about the gestation of a baby away), but why wait? Here’s the track list, so you can choose what song you’re looking forward to the most based on absolutely no other information:
- So Anyway…
- Nobody Else
- Everybody Shut Up
- What I’m Dying For
- No One Leaves St. Louis
- Who I Am Today
- Amanda, I’m Tired
- That Was Then
- I Still Believe
Looking forward to sharing it with you in a bit. Haven’t done final vocals yet. I usually end up doing three vocal takes I think are going to be “final” so if it sounds like I’m almost done and may as well release it in August, you’re way off… I’ll do a couple vocal takes on each song, then the mastering process usually takes me about 30 mixes of tweaking and compromise…so even though the instrumental stuff went pretty quick, there’s still a long haul before it’s done. And once it IS done, I plan to set it down, not listen to it for a month, then relisten and fix the stuff that I would’ve wanted to fix after it was released if I DID put it out in August… It’s a different approach than I’ve taken in the past, and I hope it’ll keep me from issues like wishing I’d turned up the vocals a little bit across the board (“Trigger Warnings…”) or wishing I’d gotten one more drum take on the opening track (“Grounds”) or that I’d worked a little harder to put fills into the drum parts (“Ink-Stained Fingers”) or whatever (Uhh… “New Year’s Eve” maybe?).
Anyway…that’s your window into where I am on the project for now. Next time I’ll talk about something else and probably also this again because it’s all I’m doing in my free time.
Thanks for tolerating that!
- Chris Bell – I Am the Cosmos