At long last, I’ve finished my second album.
Okay, maybe a little background information is in order… or not, but I’ll provide it anyways.
About twenty years ago, amidst a bunch of emo, depressing poetry, I wrote lyrics for what I hoped would eventually form its way into a concept album. I had immersed my interests into social psychology, and wrote a narrative story from the perspective of someone getting dumped. Mind you, nothing similar had yet to happen to me, but I placed myself into the mindset and wrote.
I wanted to capture the different stages and phases of mental and emotional states that followed a breakup, from denial and bargaining, through to anger and blame, eventually resulting in acceptance and moving on — although still not fully being “over it.”
Over the next decade or so, I tried to get started giving life to the music in my head that went with each song, but people were busy, moved (including myself), or things just never really got off the ground, so to speak. Eventually, a decade ago, I started messing with synth and digital loop editors, and soundfonts, etc. etc. I created a three-track EP of instrumental music for my own amusement, and at the time to work through my own emotional state after a breakup that was far too similar to the story I had previously written.
Then, about six years ago, I began work on making a full album “just to see if I could.” I made some music, taking poems I had written when younger, and pieced them together into an album called “A Long Night” that was released five years ago. That album had a loose structure concept of vulnerability and the fear that comes with. I call that album a “beta” to this new album. I made it simply to make sure I knew what would be needed to craft this thing that had been festering in my mind for fifteen years.
With that thrown together, I then spent much of the past five years meticulously putting together something that I knew had to be exactly how I heard it in my head. No cutting corners, no good-enoughs; I needed it to translate straight from my mind into audible form… Although, I did set an expectation that some things just wouldn’t work and would end up on the cutting room floor. In the end, I only cut out four tracks and changed two to instrumentals of some sort. Everything else turned out quite accurate, even if relatively unconventional at times.
In all, these two albums and one EP have given me a greater sense to having my own “sound” that feels cohesive to me as being ME. While still exposing who many of my personal influences are in both sound and style, I feel very secure in the sound of my musical pseudonym, Annoyansome.
So, now, without any further rambling… Here’s one of my biggest personal accomplishments:
And just to be complete, with SoundCloud since they don’t have ads: