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May 28, 2012

Hope your Memorial Day was filled with lots of fun and good food and minimal amounts of traffic and sweatiness!

I’ve changed my mind again re: the album vs. EP dilemma.  Elie has a name for this specific type of indecision, he calls it “Pulling an Eleanor.”  I’m pretty sure this decision will stick, though.  It was my original plan, which means it was what I wanted to do in the first place before doubt crept in.  It’ll probably be about five or six songs, four of which are written, and two that are almost complete.  The good news is, this means we will be recording and releasing new (er) music way sooner than we would’ve had we been doing a full length.   I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but I can NOT wait to get these songs recorded!!!

If you missed it, here’s a free download of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” recorded live at NYU with Chris Shultz and Clif Jackson (our new bass player).  We’re going to be re-recording this for the EP, and I’ll be including a killer vocal intro…it’s gonna be good.

I’ve also started work on a stop motion video for the song using paper cut outs.  This is the first time I’ve attempted something like this, and so far it looks pretty cute.  I have about a thousand more photos to take, so don’t hold your breath, but hopefully it will see the light of day eventually!

 


Eleanor

Some thoughts…

May 12, 2012

(Truth be told I’m writing this because I hate the idea of that last post being the first thing people see when they happen upon this blog…it really wasn’t very inspired, and it’s been sitting there for months now.  That being said, I don’t really have a whole lot to say, but I figure anything is better than a list of things I’ve eaten recently or bought at Goodwill).

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We had previously decided that we’d record an EP for our next release, but now we’re thinking it’s going to be a full length album.  But it’s going to be a little schizophrenic, or maybe bi-polar is a better mental illness metaphor in this instance.

Since receiving my banjo for Christmas it’s become my instrument of choice for writing…and I have some very fun and folky songs in development.  Then there are other songs which were originally intended for a concept album – but I really can’t be bothered to sit on them much longer, or try to come up with a whole album’s worth of  material which fits into the constraints of this concept – it seems a little tiresome, although I have great respect for anyone who has the focus and can commit to such an endeavor.  Anyway, these concept album songs are much darker, and might end up having quite a bit of synth/electronic elements in them.  Then there are some in-between songs we want to record like “Where Have You Gone,” “No Love,” “Better Off,” and our cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

So I guess we could put out two separate EPs, but that would mean doubling the duplication and promotional expenses, and quite frankly, I’d rather backpack around south east Asia…yeah, it costs that much.

Plus, I think good music is good music, whether it’s folk or indie rock.  The songs probably aren’t as different as I think they are, they all came from the same place, so how different can they be?

I am trying not to get frustrated with how slow this process is at the moment.  Although I am a lazy pot head I’m actually very results oriented – or maybe I’ve just learned from living in this world that the only things that matter are “results.”  But now that I just wrote that down, I realize how completely untrue that is, thank you WordPress!  These songs are awesome, writing them is awesome, playing them by myself, to myself, is mind-blowingly awesome – and is really the only thing that matters.  But I would love  you to hear them also.

Alright, guess I did have stuff to say!

 

 


Eleanor