New Aethellis album, Northumbria nearing completion
"Sounds Good" is the last track on the new Aethellis album and recently I recorded Erik Marks' bass part for the song (he is co-author of
the tune as well). Earlier this month we recorded Mike Harrington on drums at
Mark Van Natta's studio. Mike has a funny Keith Jarrett-like way of
humming the music while he plays! So we did 3 takes and he minimized the
humming by the end of the session. He may do that live but we'd never
Chris Marks also put his guitar parts down last week for "Sounds Good" and was the subject of some video shooting for the new "Saint Augustus" video. His parts will nicely compliment
Mark Van Natta's guitar bits as they do totally different things in the
Dyan Brown has had to postpone recording her vocals on the title track for a
while so I'm focusing on polishing up my vocals on a few of the other
tracks and getting some mixing underway. I'm determined to have this all
wrapped up by year's end and the plan is for a concert in early 2011 to
debut the new material live.
The track listing has been firmed up and is as follows with approximate track lengths -
1. Northumbria (9:44)
2. The Awakening (3:27)
3. Dire Need (3:46)
4. The Penal Colony (6:12)
5. Without A Sound (5:30)
6. Celui Qui Soit La Bosse (2:54)
7. Exchequer Prague (3:16)
8. The Peace Path (10:09)
9. Sounds Good (4:44)
There are some shorter tracks but they
are more in the vein of eccentric miniatures rather than conventional pop
closest any song comes to a standard pop tune would be "Without A Sound"
which is sort of a prog ballad, if you will.
I also plan to release the full version of "Northumbria" as a single before the full album release, along with a music video of the first section. That video is in production now and I'll be adding that to a revised video of "Hubris" along with "Saint Augustus" and the live version of "Djibouti" video. All will be released early in 2011.
It's been a busy period and I've been meaning to spend more time here on Power of Prog but have been so busy with these productions. They'll be done soon and I'll be chatting and posting here frequently.