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I write you regarding our new EP, Other Colours, in hopes of providing some context both for the music contained therein and The Sole Pursuit at large. The crucial thing to know is that earlier this year we did, in fact, complete work on our second full-length album. It is comprised of 12 songs and, save for mastering, is completely finished.
We are very, very happy with it, and while our decision to wait until 2017 to release it has been agonizing, AJ & I are determined to refrain from simply shitting it out into the world without a plan to support it, we need to make it live.
More practically, we needed time to prepare all of the promotional and artistic materials that will be needed to give it a chance to find an audience. Most of that is done, though there is still plenty we are trying to figure out. All of this made for what might seem to be a pretty dead 2016 for The Sole Pursuit. We have literally played 2 shows since March of 2016. Even our online presence has been a shadow of its former self; but believe me, friends: WE HAVE BEEN BUSY.
I think of 2016, in sports terms, as a “rebuilding year.” Part of that rebuild has been welcoming the incredible Tony Nesbitt-Larking to the drum seat of the band, while deepening our relationship with bassist Dylan Burrett. Nevertheless, as summer turned to fall I felt a compulsion to release…something. I have always admired the work ethic of artists like Conor Oberst who have released new original recordings year after year, without fail. When I started The Sole Pursuit it was my goal to emulate this approach. Yet, with the end of 2016 fast approaching it seemed our stream of yearly releases was about to be broken.
The proverbial thing was: we had more songs. We also had gear to record them with in our basement studio/office (which we have since dubbed “The Sadlab”). By early October we were resolved to produce and record a brand new EP and release it by the end of November, thus releasing new music every year since 2013.
With this set of tunes we wanted to take different approaches to production, we wanted to show our other colours (get it!). “Waywardly” is a song without any verse or chorus structure, and on the record you hear two distinct drum takes, panned left and right. “Monument” is a cover of a 9 minute Robyn & Rosykopp song that utilizes a fair bit of vocal sampling. “Alchemy of Bliss” is a pop song, for which we used programmed drums and keyboards to an extent never before heard in our discography. “You’ve Gotta Die” is an unabashedly traditional folk/country tune. All of these are rounded out by wonderful remixes of two of our favourite Infinite Regress Songs by Sam Guaiana: “The Depths of hell” – here freed from its ambient break and presented at 7 minutes, remaining by far our most progressive tune, and “Blue Curtain,” succinctly written for my wife.
Admittedly, nothing on Other Colours is indicative of what you will be hearing on our second LP next year. Somewhere down the line though, I’m sure these shades will reappear. That’s essentially what this was about, setting a precedent for some future point.
Onward & Awkward,