If you’ve been following us to any degree we keep promising the release of our first record. We first promised late fall, then our hopes was January, and now it’s almost the end of February and still no record. You are starting to lose faith in Clocks and Clouds and I don’t blame you. I can assure you that this record will be completed and soon. I thought I’d take a moment and share of the trials and difficulties in completing this record within the time frame we hoped for.
The recording process was our first hurdle to jump over. I have recorded strings on dozens of records over my career. I understood the process and understood about how long a track would take to record. My understanding of string recording went out the window for this project.
First, I have never recorded a project where the strings were the foundation. I’ve always been able to rely on guitars, bass, vocals, keys, and other miscellaneous instruments to fill in holes. Strings generally are in addition to the more foundational instruments. Strings are often that cherry on top to add the extra element of emotion. In this record I had to write the string parts to be all the instruments. This is difficult when you’re dealing with a primarily monophonic instrument with such a rich tone color.
Secondly, I have never recorded an entire album with such technically demanding parts. The parts themselves weren’t excessively technical comparatively to other pieces I have performed, although these songs had their moments. What was challenging is usually I have practiced parts for months before I have stepped out onto a concert stage. This project I would compose most of the parts in the studio and have to find a way to record the part without any practice right away. This made the recording process much slower in the end.
We powered through and finally got all the parts recorded to hopefully a high level. Then life outside of music occurred for everyone. During the recording of this record our drummer and his wife had a baby and my wife and I had a baby. Priorities took over and we all took breaks to make sure we transitioned well into our new family roles. We are now finally getting steam again to finish this record.
What’s next in the process of finishing this record? I have made a goal that I will have every track done and ready to be mixed by the weekend. After that, Matt Patrick from the Library studios will take our tracks and perfect them and make them sound awesome. We then have to deal with some licensing issues as we cover two songs on this record. After this is complete we have to name some songs and name the EP. We also need to find a creative type person to actually design the CD artwork. Lastly, the CD will then be mastered and printed and BINGO you all can listen to the sounds of Clocks and Clouds.