Okay, I’ve got a few things I’m excited to announce! The deluxe edition of Daydream Sketches, Vol. 1 is now available exclusively on Bandcamp! The deluxe edition includes individual track artwork and poetry by photographer Juan Guerrero, the highest available audio quality for each track, and liner notes.
I’ve also made a lot of progress on the upcoming studio album, we live in the future. It’s a bit of a departure from my previous releases, but I’ll try to prepare your ears with a few singles to tingle your cochlea. Expect the first one, Snakecharmer, around mid May!
Lastly, and I’m most excited about this, within the next month I will be launching Schnauz Records after signing neoclassical artist Broadacre! Stay tuned for much more music!
I’m always so bad at building anticipation! Well, with little notice and absolutely no ado, I present the first in a series of instrumental pieces I’ve been working on for some time now, Daydream Sketches, Vol. 1. The idea behind the Daydream Sketches series is to capture the emotional feel of a particular moment in spacetime. I hope that each piece sets a mood and conjures vivid images of a scene. I’m very excited for this series and a number of future releases are in the works.
You may recall my post earlier this year about my renewed interest in the clarinet. As promised, clarinet plays a subtle but important role in the arrangemnet of track 2, Blustery Day. Expect to hear more clarinet in future Daydream Sketches releases, as well as a variety of other wind instruments with which I have been working.
The album cover photo was taken by my good frequent and frequent collaborator Juan Guerrero. More of his work will be featured in the deluxe edition which will be made available shortly on Bandcamp at a slightly discounted rate. The deluxe version will feature full pdf liner notes, individual track artwork(also courtesy of Juan), and accompanying vignettes! Very exciting stuff so be sure to stay tuned!
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Happy Netlabel Day one and all! As I mentioned in an previous post, this year I will be contributing a track to a Captive Portal remix album, In the Air (The Remixes). I’m very excited to be a part of this release along such names as Fire to the Stars, who I remixed for last years Netlabel Day, John Alden Davis, with whom I briefly attended Greenville University, Captive Portal himself, and so many other talented artists/producers! So, without further ado, here it is: available for free download on the Mahorka website!
If you are a fan of my music, by now you’ve probably heard of Captive Portal, the name under which my good friend Zach Bridier releases music. If not, let me give you a brief rundown: I’m featured on many of his songs, last year he produced my album Retroflux, and we have played some great shows together, most recently in our band, Sunsailor. Zach has also been a major supporter of netlabels, internet record labels, as well as proponent of the recently started Netlabel Day. Over the past year, Zach has kept himself busy by founding and operating his Netlabel Archive, which aims to restore and archive releases from netlabels which have gone offline. This project is a massive undertaking, but he has already made incredible progress by restoring releases from nine different labels, with more planned on the way! He has also been very productive with his project Captive Portal, releasing four EPs in December alone! Last year was the first Netlabel Day, for which Zach released a remix of the song Keep You Safe by Fire to the Stars on a special release by the netlabel Mahorka. The second annual such celebration of netlabels is coming this July. This year, Zach has something even bigger planned: an entire album of remixes of his songs by some of his favorite collaborators and artists(also to be released on the Mahorka label). I was fortunate enough to be able to contribute a remix of the song Oak Bloke. For this remix, I added just a touch of my new clarinet playing to make the remix a bit more unique. My remix will be made available with the rest of the remixes on July 14th. On top of that all, today is Zach’s birthday! I’d like to say happy birthday to Zach and thank him for all the help he has given me with my own music over the years! Make sure to check out his music and his other projects. He is always up to good things and I would definitely expect to hear something from Captive Portal soon.
For at least four years now I’ve had a student clarinet I impulsively purchased from a friend for the low, low price of only thirty American dollars!! Now before buying it, and for a considerable time after, I had never played clarinet. Or any woodwind. I think the only instrument I’d ever played that involved blowing was the kazoo. But, hey! It was only $30, why the hell not? I played with it only a couple times. I managed to evoke waaayyyy more squeaks than actual tones and actually break one of the joint corks before putting it back in it’s case and behind my speaker cabinets, never to be seen again… Until last month, when I found it while cleaning/rearranging the room! This time I was far more determined to play well because I had a vision: a song called Blustery Day, which has been in the works for years. Clarinet is the missing part of the arrangement that makes this jazzy little 5/4 number work. Of course, if I want these woodwind tracks to sound even halfway decent I had to get to work. Honestly, rather than getting the broken joint cork on my clarinet repaired, I just wrapped thread seal tape around the joint. This has worked successfully so far, but I have to change the tape after dis/reassembling every few times. If I had more than one cork broken I’d definitely just get it fixed. Probably. With this makeshift solution, and my “clarinet stand”(Made from an unused mic stand and an old bathrobe), I began furiously practicing for hours each day. Initially this annoyed my dogs to no end, but now they don’t even leave the room when I start to play near them! If that’s not a sign of progress I don’t know what is. After hours of trying to sound out a halfway decent string of notes, I finally stumbled onto something I think turned out nice. Blustery Day is listed as the first song for my new instrumental release series Daydream Sketches, which will be out sometime later this year. Expect to hear some blowing soon.
Exciting news! Retroflux is now available for free streaming on Spotify! Check it out!
It’s here!! The long awaited Josh Buche full length album, Retroflux, is available now for streaming and purchase on iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Play!! It will be coming soon to Spotify, Amazon, and many more over the next weeks updates will follow as they happen! I just wanna take a second to thank some of the key people who helped me finish this album: Zach Bridier, Erick Perez, my dad, my Gia, and everyone over at Schnauz Records. I really couldn’t have done it without you.
I hope you all get as much out of it as we put in.
Happy Netlabel Day! Have some free music! This July 14th, netlabels worldwide celebrated by releasing new music. I had the opportunity to remix the song Keep You Safe by the talented and unique band Fire to the Stars for release on the netlabel Mahorka’s compilation album. It is a special Netlabel Day release and you can hear and download it for free on Bandcamp! Take a minute to check out my remix and other contributions to this album, including new remixes by Captive Portal and Fire to the Stars!