I keep mentioning "Morning City", which comes out March 10 on Spotted Peccary Records. What is it that makes this album different, or worth trying?
It does utilize some of my "New Industrial" notions, in that there are actual urban field recordings used. But, unlike my bleaker compositions, there is a lively sense of positivity and optimism in the album.
"Morning City" mythologizes the pier, the fire escape, the freeway-- but it does so in entertaining and evocative ways. Unlike some of my "North Side" compostions, it does not convey a sense of heaviness or depression.
One main way this positivity was achieved was by including actual snippets of me playing a piano, and other musical sounds like trombone tones and acoustic bass loops. Hip hop beats are featured, and are used to accentuate the atmosphere of several of the pieces.
Additionally, the mastering (by Howard Givens) is very bright and spacious. He did such a great job-- every sound, be it a flute or a nail in a jar, stands out vividly.
To conclude, "Morning City" is a pleasing listen, and brings happiness to the idea of living in an urban center. That's unusualy for a mystified recording and I hope people will be willing at least to head over to the digital release page after March 10 and try some of the tracks out.