The first two volumes of the Work Release Program, Imprint and 「風の歌を聞け」, will be available from online retailers in the next few weeks.
Imprint is currently under review by CD Baby, which will deliver the album to online retailers in the next week or two. It could hit iTunes and the Amazon MP3 stores by the end of April.
Tracks from 「風の歌を聞け」 will start being posted to the Eponymous 4 official site starting April 20. After all the tracks have been posted, it too will be sent to CD Baby for digital distribution.
While you could certainly go to iTunes and other online retailers to buy these two releases, they will also be available in their entirety for free here on the site and over at Bandcamp, where you can also purchase downloads in higher quality formats. Of course, should you decide to go for the free files, please consider leaving a donation if you like what you hear.
It seems odd to offer something for sale and for free at the same time. If I happen to listen to an album for free and end up liking it, I’d show my support by buying a copy. I’m probably not alone in this regard.
At the same time, I don’t really consider these recordings definitive. They’re still pretty much demos. I wouldn’t mind earning some cash from them, but I don’t feel totally justified in charging for them either.
So, you, the listener, gets the best of both worlds. Assuming you like this kind of stuff …
The Work Release Program won’t begin till Jan. 26 (tomorrow), but you can listen to some of the songs that will be eventually be posted in coming weeks. Head over to Myspace and Facebook to hear "Take It Apart", "Imprint" and "Silver Sting".
The Work Release Program begins in earnest on Monday, Jan. 26, with the posting of "Promises", the first track from Imprint. For now, a history of the album is available.
Over the last few months — you could even say years — I’ve been dribbling out various recordings in a haphazard manner. I’ve posted cover songs to Facebook and drafts of demos on Metafilter Music. enigmatics marked the first official release from Eponymous 4. Well, I think I’m very, very close to making the first full-length Eponymous 4 album available.
This past winter, I hunkered down and focused on Imprint, the first set of songs I completed back in 2005, when I started to build my home studio. Back then, I considered the album "finished", even though I hadn’t recorded vocals. Three years and many distractions later, I finally have a set of performances that don’t totally make me wretch (but they still make me cringe.) I’ve also gotten a bit more practice — and invested more cash into — polishing these recordings. And they’re finally in a shape that I feel comfortable unleashing upon the world.
That’s not to say they’re the definitive versions of these songs.
In reality, these recordings are still demos. Production-wise, they still need much more clean-up than I can afford, and performance-wise … well, let’s just say I’m not the best interpreter for my own material. Ideally, I would be recording these songs with a band, but I’m not at that point yet.
Instead, I’m initiating the Work Release Program, in which these "demo albums" are released exclusively on this site. I’ll post one track each week till all the tracks of the album have been made available. Imprint will be the first release in this program, with an EP, 「風の歌を聴け」, following.
I’ve just finished the first round of mixing for Imprint, so I’ll need a few days to live with it and make any additional tweaks. I hope to start posting tracks by the end of January or at the start of February.
I may even make these releases commercially available online, through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and other services. At this point, I’m not considering a physical CD release, but I’m not ruling one out either.
In the spirit of holiday consumerism, I’ve knocked down the price of enigmatics CDs to $6.00, which is a paltry savings of $2.00. The sale is available only through the Eponymous 4 official site, since Amazon and the various digital services set their own prices. This discounted price is available all the way through Christmas Eve.
I decided on this sale thing pretty spur of the moment, so it may be a bit late to get mail orders turned around in a timely manner this far into the season. I figure it’s worth a shot anyway.
If you live in Austin, you can arrange to buy a copy from me in person.
This EP is pretty chilled out, so it might make for some good cold weather listening. It’s great for more "mature" listeners who aren’t much into the rock and/or roll.