So, what's the story with D(O)UB(T), then?
According to the spreadsheet that I've used to log progress on the album, I've started work on a total of 28 tracks. That's way too much for an album. I have no idea of what the current total running time would be for those tracks, but I'd say we're talking north of 90 mins. So, in reality, I have plenty of tracks to spare for inclusion as non-album tracks in a number of promotional EPs. At this stage, there will be at least two EPs - possibly even three. I may also keep a few tracks back for inclusion on netlabel submissions, should I be asked for material.
Still, 28 tracks, eh? What's the story with them?
A total of 8 tracks have been mixed and mastered and are considered complete. These are mostly, but not exclusively, ambient/experimental electronic tracks. The really good tracks will feature on the album - I plan to sequence tracks in triplets - fast/slow/ambient-y - lather/rinse/repeat. Those that aren't quite up to snuff will feature ether as EPs tracks or compilation tracks.
The tracks in question are:-
- A ACCIDENT
- A PLAGUE ON BOTH MY HOUSES
- COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL
- I AM A SHADOW OF YOUR FORMER SELF
- THE BOOK OF PASSWORDS
- THE NEW NUMBER TWO
- WATCHING THE NEWS WITH THE SOUND OFF
- FLOATY FLOATY
These tracks are:-
- HELICOPTER SHOTS OF THE CITY
- NEVER HAD IT TO LOSE IT
- UNWINNABLE CAPTION COMPETITION
The remainder of the tracks need a bit more work, including (variously) writing and recording lyrics/vocals, tracking some additional audio and the almost-inevitable "dub-up". One or two of the tracks will probably not make the album, but should feature elsewhere.
These tracks are:-
- CHOKING ON DRY BREAD
- ME AND THE FLY
- EVERYBODY CALLS ME DARREN
- FCA BOOTS
- I CAN EXPLAIN...EVERYTHING
- I CHOOSE INDECISION
- IS EVERYBODY HAPPY YET?
- MARE NOSTRUM
- MY TROUBLES ARE AS NOTHING COMPARED TO YOURS
- STILTWALKER IN THE WIND
- THIS IS GOING TO TAKE, LIKE, FOREVER
- TROPES AND MEMES
- YOU HAVE MY HEART SCALDED
- YOU'LL NEVER MISS YOUR MOTHER TILL THE WELL RUNS DRY
So, on that basis, I have 20 tracks to finish between now and the summer. As I said above, I'll do the "dub-up" tracks first, and then I'll work on ME AND THE FLY, which will be the lead track on the first EP. The track itself won't feature on the album, but the dub version of it, CHOKING ON DRY BREAD, will.
I have set myself a bit of a challenge, but it's all very do-able within the timescale.
In relation to which tracks actually make the final cut, I am conscious of the fact that some tracks may be very similar to each other. I certainly don't want to feature two such tracks in close proximity to each other, and the plan is that one would go on the album and the other would go on an EP or compilation.
I'd better get cracking on this so...;-).