It has been exactly one week since Go Home was released which goes against many predictions stating it wouldn’t be released until the world ends. In celebration, I’m updating my blog.
If you haven’t heard it yet, here it is in its entirety. I encourage you to listen to it. I have also made the lyrics available and have setup shop which lists a few online retailers that have the album available.
And now for a few words…
Go Home is an album I made with a laptop while lying on my bed. It sounds like a female singing to synthesized pop with rock beats and sometimes guitars. I self-produced it and, as a result, took 8 years to complete.
AKACHIC RECORDS 2011 RELEASE
The album took so long to make that the label Akachic Records went defunct half-way through. I had no idea what to do besides still call it an Akachic Records release.
For more information on Akachic Records, I cannot provide an external website link because the label went defunct.
ILLUSTRATION BY SVETLANA CHMAKOVA
The album artwork is by my friend Svetlana Chmakova who is so busy with her own work – making best selling comic books – that she didn’t think she’d get the artwork done before the album. It took her 2 years, but she did end up beating me by finishing a few months before I did. Any aspiring graphic or music artists out there, please note that sometimes it takes a really long time to finish a project. There is a concept behind the artwork, but I will let you think about it a bit before I give out the funny inspiration story.
For more information on Svetlana Chmakova, visit www.svetlania.com
WHO WORKED ON THE ALBUM?
As this took 8 years to make, many people tried to help me either produce it or mix it. In the end, the only one that made it through was…
MASTERING BY MORGAN’S 303
There was no way I was going to master the album myself, so I used the mastering services of Morgan’s 303. I thought I was going to drive him into quitting, but thankfully he didn’t. I think he’s in Ireland, so it wasn’t like I could go over to his studio and spend a day sitting around eating chips and saying “Yeah, that sounds good”. Five-hour time difference, folks. So excuse us if it took nearly 2 months to master. Is that a record? Do we have the world record for Longest Mastering Session Ever?
For more information on Morgan’s 303, visit soundcloud.com/morgans303
HEY, I’VE HEARD THESE SONGS BEFORE
If you had the privilege of hearing Navel4eve’s previous three EPs, 7 out of 10 songs on this album will be familiar. If you’ve been to a Navel4eve live show or followed Navel4eve from conception or tried to work with Navel4eve, then you’ve already heard all of these songs including the three “new” ones. I encourage you to check it all out, not just one or two of your favourites. They all have been tweaked to sound like a collection.
DIDN’T NAVEL4EVE SAY SHE’D NEVER RELEASE AN ALBUM?
The original plan was to never release an album, but keep making EPs. Then one day out of the blue in 2009, an ex-Navel4eve band member told me his girlfriend wanted to choreograph a dance to Freakshow. I thought “what an odd song choice”, but still really cool and I wanted to give him a new version of the song. I wanted to get it mastered because I remembered when I used to choreograph dance routines and perform in gymnasiums, some of the songs were really quiet and the performances suffered as a result. Not wanting to risk this happening with a Freakshow dance routine, I got the song mastered and was so happy with how fast I was presented with a great sounding master, the quickness inspired me to go ahead and make an album. I just needed another week or so to work on the final touches of the mixes and then the album would be done.
Two years later, I was still working on the final touches.