I’m in the middle of working on a bunch of new material. I guess you could consider it a follow-up to Soft Rock, my 3″ EP from 2005 or so. I’ve been recording fairly steadily since then, but I wasn’t able to find a compositional through-line to justify another “official” release.
The new stuff is not entirely unlike what I’ve previously done, but there are a few major differences. This is likely gonna be a concept album (or concept MP3s, or whatever), inspired by a series of fantasy novels. (Can you fucking believe it? I can’t.) Additionally, I’ve forgone electronics in favor of a more traditional rock approach. This means lotsa guitars. For better or worse, I’ve avoided my typical compositional tendencies — buried vocals, slow tempos and exclusively minor keys — in order to achieve a brasher sound.
I’m getting close to unveiling a few songs here, but if you really want to know what I’ve been up to, head to The Contrarian‘s MySpace page and click on the tune “Her Eminence,” which sounds like Queen and ELO battling for control of the universe. Or something.
Two other songs are completed; both of ’em have an old-school, woodsy prog feel. You know — acoustic guitars, melloton, celeste, etc. But the next one is gonna have sharper teeth. I’m thinking proto-thrash, even. Been listening to a lot of Budgie.
There’s yer update. I’m off to the zoo to hang with some Great Apes.