My new record, What If It Doesn’t Get Better?, will be released on March 25th. You can listen to the title track, featuring Lydia Liza right now. It’s my first real solo record since For My Mother in 2012, and I’m really, really excited to be able to share it with you all.
It’s a weird record. It’s more experimental and ambient than anything I’ve made previously. There’s no rapping on it. Eric Mayson, Lydia Liza, Gen Devine, Nelson Devereaux, and Claire de Lune helped me make it. A few of the songs are about astral projection, being in multiple places at once, time travel, remote viewing, ufos, conspiracy theories, space travel. One of the songs is about the Moon possibly being a giant spaceship. Most of the tracks started with me, a piano, and a tape recorder. I’d just let the tape run and play and sing for a while. I then pulled samples from that tape. I recorded all of the primary material for this record on the same cassette tape. I’ve been blurring the line between my producing, songwriting, and DJing lately, and the way these songs are written and arranged definitely reflects that.
The album’s not as dark or depressing as the title might imply. The phrase What If It Doesn’t Get Better? is actually motivating for me, it helps me avoid complacency. I’ve been making records for over a decade, and I’m finally at a place in my career and my personal life where I feel like I might know what I’m doing. That’s a nice feeling, but it can also be dangerous. If you stop seeking out new experiences, trying new things, taking risks, you stop growing. That’s how you end up making the same record over and over or working at a job you hate.
You can also pre-order the album on iTunes and instantly download two of the songs.
Finally, I’m throwing a release party at Amsterdam Bar & Hall on Saturday, 3/26. My friends Lexii Alijai, Sloslylove, Claire de Lune, Chance York, Eric Mayson, Lydia Liza, and Nelson Devereaux will be joining me. Tickets are on sale for that now.
I think that’s it for now. If you like the song, please share it. If you really like it, please pre-order the record. You guys rule.