Well it’s finally finished! Ladies and gentlemen, check out my second album, Middle Distance.
For fans (lol) of my previous stuff, this might be a bit of a surprise. It’s a different type of music and it’s made differently. Gone are the Garageband drums and the looped basslines; everything you hear here was played live by yours truly and recorded onto cassette. It sounds a bit fuzzy at times and I apologise for that, but sometimes lo-fi sounds cool, right??
This really is a big step for me and my music and I hope you like it - just remember that it’s much more like ‘proper music’ than any of what I’ve made before. When you’re using Garageband you just need to play a bassline or riff right one time, then you can copy+paste it infinitely and use inbuilt filters and effects to make it sound profesh. On Middle Distance I don’t have those luxuries, so if I played a bassline a bit wrong I had to start from the beginning again and get it all right. There’s no drums here, just rudimentary percussion like shakers (throwback to my first album woo), but I think it all adds to the bedroom-music style.
Also, I sing. I’ll admit I’m not the best singer and I never intended Erno to be an outlet for normal verse-chorus-verse songs, but I wanted to prove that I could write good music, and good ‘proper music’ - because there’s a lot more involved in writing different parts (for all instruments) for the verse, chorus and break than there is involved in writing one riff, making it sound psychedelic, then repeating it for three minutes.
This is the first record of mine that isn’t all based around a concept - and though I do still love concept albums I think this is me maturing. It is also a result of the diversity of the music in it, and the diversity of what I’ve been making this summer. Some are fuzzy tape music, others are folk, there’s jazz, rock, outsideriness and a lot more influences that I probably haven’t noticed yet. But I think they sit quite well as a group, plus Middle Distance is my first real LP - almost an hour long!
OK, so there’s a couple of bum notes and the singing’s not amazing and the production is a tad messy, and it’s not the best album ever ever, but goddamn it’s the best album I could make with the skills and time I had. Of course there were things I would have liked to include, and a LOT of songs that didn’t make it to the final cut, but I’m happy with it anyway. Enjoy!
ps. You think I spent the whole summer making music and only ended up with 12 songs? Pah. I also released a single, Scamps, which you can see on my Bandcamp there. And there’s another album and a compilation of demos to come!
pps. You think I spent the whole summer making music and only ended up with two albums, a single and a compilation of demos? Pah. Overall I think I wrote about 60 songs, of varying quality and finishedness. Hopefully some of the ones which I didn’t finish off for this set of records will find their way into future releases.
NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME NEW MUSIC FROM ME WAAAAAAAAHHHHH SOON
So I recently started up this… it’s a membership you can join where I send you an monthly envelopes full of cool art, including posters, zines, photos, drawings, cassettes, CDs, and maybe even food.
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New music from yours truly with… what’s this? Vocals!? Yeah but hopefully they’re unintelligible enough haha
Keyboard shortcuts are one of the biggest joys in life
Yes I guess
Just had to pay for an internet connection. Being a “grown-up” is scary and also rubbish
Here’s a couple of demos I made today with my new synth. It makes some nice sounds.
Merchandise - ‘Anxiety’s Door’ from Totale Nite (2013)
Saw these guys on Tuesday… very excited for the new album!