Finally. This thing has been a long time coming. I started this album back in October, and I was determined more than anything to make an album that surpassed anything I'd ever done before. 6 months and a thousand revisions later, I have Caverns & Castles. When I finished Parachutes & Paper Planes, I was happy with it, and I liked it, but I really wanted to make something better. Coming out 6 months later with something that's truly 100 times better is a great feeling.
If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably seen me babbling about this album at odd hours of the night, and that's just because I really believe in this thing. This is my baby. I think this is the first time in my "career" (that word seems stupid at this point) where I can honestly say that this is the best album I can possibly make. As of April 16th, 2012, I am completely 100% confident in this thing. I'm sure as I grow as an artist or whatever, that I'll come to a point where I'll look back and laugh at how simple this album was, but right now it feels great to make something that's the pinacle of all my abilities and creativity.
As far as the music itself is concerned, I love this whole album. 90% of this is original music by me and/or Pat. The chord progressions and the overall concepts are way more evolved than anything I've ever done in the past. I feel like I made actual tangible songs rather than just beats. In the cases where I did use a sample, I thought it came out really well, while still fitting into the overal concept and style of the album. When it was all said and done, the album ended up being a little over 48 minutes long (not including bonus tracks), which is a perfect length in my opinion. Not overdone, but not incomplete.
I guess this album marks the third and final chapter in the unofficial trilogy: Mistakes & Heartaches, Parachutes & Paper Planes, and now Caverns & Castles. Not only do those 3 albums show my progression as a producer, but also as a person. I think Caverns & Castles is the first 100% happy album I've made so far. That's definitely a good thing right now.
I don't wanna get into thank-yous too much right now, because they're included in the album download, along with some bonus songs and stuff. But I do wanna thank Patrick Koetzle for adding his touch to the album. Some tracks are more influenced by him than others, but he definitely added necessary elements to this thing. He completed it, and he didn't have to, so I'm grateful.
I think that's about all I have to say for this thing. I'm already knee deep in the next album. I have a few ideas as far as a release timeline, but nothing set in stone yet. Some great things are happening for the next project.
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