to start things off, heat death is now on spotify. for those of you who still don't know, christian and i have a music project called wishing and a little over a month ago we released our second album. it was uploaded on halloween but has since been remastered by the incredibly talented jesse cannon. so go give it a listen, it sounds better than ever.
speaking of wishing, have you seen the vinyl we had made of our first album, to forget? it's beautiful and pink and available right here.
next order of business...sleep is back on vinyl!! that's right, second pressing baby! god, i don't even want to admit how privately excited i've been about this. like, finally. my most popular album, released in a way that i feel does it justice. don't get me wrong, the first pressing of sleep was great and i appreciate the label that released it before i was able to make it happen on my own. but, i mean, now that i am able to do it on my own? let's really do it.
double lp gatefold with lyrics from the album on the inside panel. the records are an a side / b side opaque mix of cream and gold and each held in a black paper sleeve. they're limited to 500, want to own one? click here.
alright, the last thing that i want to talk about is kind of a big one. to me it is, anyway. it's big because, despite what anyone tells me, i know that this will genuinely disappoint some people. at the risk of dragging this out too much, here it is - i'm taking a big step back from social media. not just platforms like twitter, but the many other means of directly communicating with me that i've kept so open to the public. for years i've allowed perfect strangers to come into my personal space and i guess what's happened is that it's finally reached a tipping point. the uncomfortable closing of gentle.earth made me take a step back and really consider how much of myself i was actually okay with giving to other people.
i have a lot of things to say about all of this. not necessarily about my interaction with people, but the toxicity of social media and the role it plays in my life as an online based artist. i'll get into it all more in detail the next time i do a radio broadcast but for now i can easily sum it up with, "it just doesn't make me happy like it used to". the environment, the community, the likes. none of it interests me anymore.
with that in mind, i am currently trying a new thing. a place for me to continue sharing pieces of myself periodically throughout the day. a place without likes or retweets. a place where i can post these very vulnerable aspects of my life without that awful thread of people i've never even met forming beneath it, all trying to be funny or make it about themselves. if anyone out there is still interested in what i may be doing or thinking at any given point in the day...go to the picture of me on my about page and click it. this is for the core fans. i'm still here, it just isn't for them anymore.
thank you for everything. for listening to the songs that i record, and for even caring enough about my life that you're reading these words right now. i'll talk to you soon. maybe in another long winded blog post, or in the next newsletter, or during the next broadcast. but in the moments in between, just know that i'm working harder than i have in a long time. not just on my songs, but on myself. thank you again.