It’s been severely delayed but we’re still moving. As You may recall, the plan was to (re)do 4 of the old songs, Behind the gaze, Beyond the vision, Just another role and Wings of amor.
Well, we are – The original plan was just to do them as they were. It quickly became apparent that it was not such a good idea. Let sleeping dogs lie…,-).
The only plan that made real sense was to redo everything, starting from the arrangements. Sami did just that. The songs in effect became different songs. So the lyrics needed to be redone, not all together but some of the fiery youthfulness (i.e.. naiveté) needed to be weeded out. Sami and Hannu did that. As years had taken some toll of Hannu’s higher vocal register, the melodies needed to be adjusted. Hannu did that.
We’re now halfway there; Behind the gaze and Beyond the vision are done. So 2 more to go. Hopefully we get them done soon. As the songs progress, I wanted to change a few things still. The new songs will be under “Chapter Two” moniker ;-). And there will be some guests appearing who were not in the original line-up(s). The first one being Teijo Tikkanen, who will be playing piano on “Behind the gaze” at least. Some talk of female backing vocals has also been in the air.
The second Chapter One -release is approaching fast. This is a MkII release, so Pekka Viherlaakso and Jouni Ullakko appear only on few tracks, they were replaced by Mikko Terhiä and Jyrki Rahkonen respectively. The song list appears to be:
Chapter One Wait Masks Waiting for a moon Pictures Sliding away Another way
Just another role Wings of amor Beyond the vision Behind the gaze
The last four were not properly recorded then, so we’ve made some plans to do them now. Nothing solid yet, but stay tuned…
This also means that the projected release date of mid August will need to be adjusted accordingly.
I’ve mixed/premixed all SSTB songs, Samu should rake thru them once more and we’re done….
Did some preliminary cover artism and bio writing as well. Seems to be an August release.
Here’s an exerpt: “The working title was “ Samsara sings the blues”, with tongue firmly in cheek. My tastes are quite varied but blues or jazz…no, sorry, I just can’t see the point. But actually, the songs are kind of…well, not blues but undoubtedly rock that knows it’s bluesy roots. As we say in finnish: “jäljet johtavat sylttytehtaalle”. ”
Mastering v1: done. We did some punch corrections, adding more “basketball” to the mixes and did the first mastering pass. T took it home to the other guys, let’s see. A few fades at least need to be fixed. Quite pleased with the result, even though vocals are a tad too quiet for my taste….
We convened once again with Teijo for a few days of music & mayhem. We (hopefully) finalized the Alpha Indigo CD mixes, Teijo had fixed some guitar and vocal parts and the band had made some notes. 13 songs in the can, whoa!
On the second day the plan was to go through the SSTB songs and do backing vocals etc. We managed to go through 8 songs doing keys, acoustic guitars, percussion and backing vocals…So 3 songs were left for the next time. It should be about a month from now, then we’re planning to master the Alpha Indigo CD and go through the rest of the SSTB songs, probably doing some vocals as well…
The traditional Ilosaari weekend came by, I jumped onboard the train bound for Joensuu and met with Teijo there. We spent the Sunday checking out Wintersun, Squarepusher, Michael Monroe (nice one! The guy sings better than ever!), Mustach and Sigur Rós (they were truly great, the sound & the lights created an almost holy experience). Monday, tuesday and part of wednesday were spent playing and recording more SSTB. This time we managed to record basses for all 11 songs, the most needed keyboards (mainly organ, some electric piano), some Jazzmaster thru Vox guitars and a few tambourines. During the preparations for this weekend, I went through the drums/guitars recorded during the previous session. I selected the right takes, did some editing and made new guitar recordings. I really enjoyed fiddling around my amp arsenal. I managed to use almost all the amps and most of the guitars, but mainly the Strat and PRS. I also managed to arrange the somewhat difficult Futile, so we had all of the songs “online” once again.
As I jumped to the train bound for home wednesday afternoon, I had basically all the stuff needed for all of the songs. So next up on the agenda would be the “fun” part: singing…
Samsara sings the blues, that is. My next project got put into gear during last weekend. My trusted friend Teijo came around and we recorded drums and guitars for the 11 chosen songs. Antwone helped set up the gear and did most of recording. One of the songs, “Futile” did not find it’s form yet, so we’ll have to toss it around a bit still. But otherwise the weekend was just as fruitful as I thought it would be….