I started MANTRAS in 2013 when I chose four songs (#s 1-4 below) that have a reggae/ska feel. I dreamed of a horn section for these and contacted a great local trombone player and arranger (of Grupo Fantasma/Brownout fame) to write parts and produce a horn section.
We went into Tonehaus studio and laid down drums, bass, and guitar. We went back a few months later and laid down a three-piece horn section of trombone, sax, and trumpet.
I took all the tracks home, got lost in the weeds of editing it all, not knowing what I wanted. You know when you get your hopes and expectations up and then the details spin you around till you’re dizzy?
That was five years ago. Since then I have written new songs (and added two to the album that seem to fit nicely) but the unfinished MANTRAS has cast a shadow over my creative output. Now, as 2018 begins and I’ve got a bunch of new projects pulling me forward, my New Year’s resolution is to finish this album as an EP this Spring.
I’ll just keep repeating my mantra from I Have Arrived:
No more waiting for the stars to align
No more waiting, no more hesitating
Here is a rough-cut of the songs for the upcoming EP, MANTRAS:
- No More Shitty Gigs (4m)
- I Have Arrived (4m)
- This Song Is Done (2:20m)
- I’m Not Gonna Try (6:20m)
- Bright Eyes Shine (3m)
- Outside (4:30m)