So, here it is, at last. Today I am announcing the upcoming release of my new album, Forward. It will be the twelfth official release on my basslin.es imprint, available worldwide in a variety of digital formats on August 16th, 2014. You can even pre-order it right now.
Although it's technically my second album, this one really feels like the beginning to me. My first solo release in 2011 was more of a found art project than a proper record. It's interesting, and I'm glad it's out there, but it's only the beginning of the story.
Forward is an intentional composition, from start to finish, and unlike the other myriad records I've worked on over the years, this one is all me. It's far from perfect, but I think it actually sounds pretty good. It incorporates elements of many genres and styles without wholly giving in to any of them. It's completely instrumental; wordless, but the songs still tell stories, and although it's completely digital in origin, it's also full of analog warmth and acoustic character. It is enigmatic and contradictory, love and sadness, joy and pain.
At least, it is all of those things to me. While I very much hope it finds an audience, I made this record for myself. If some day you should happen to listen to it, I hope that you hear something you like, too.