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Date: Tue 28 Jul, 2009 at 17:42
Headline: Album Update!

Greetings & Salutations!

Remember back when I promised that the wait for a follow-up to Clarity wouldn't be anywhere near as long as the three year lapse between it and One Left Turn? laid plans, and all that.

As of this month, it has actually been longer than three years since we've released any new studio material, and though we continue to toil diligently on the latest opus, we won't be putting it out into the world anytime soon. Reasons for the constant delays range from the personal to the professional to the technological, but rather than enumerate them here and wallow in that self-indulgent blues jam, I'll just pull back the curtain a bit and see if I can present a clear picture of where things stand at the moment.

Right now, there are 16 songs in various stages of development. That may translate into as few as 12 tracks, depending on how prog-rocky we decide to get with the arrangements, but for now we're treating them individually. Aside from the odd lyric tweak, all of the material is written. In fact, it's all been written for quite a while, and we've already played most of these tunes in concert over the past couple of years. The majority of basic tracks -- drums, bass, rhythm guitars/keyboards -- were completed last year, and now we're layering in vocals, solos, fx, all the icing on the cake. Then it's mixing mastering, etc, and we want to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row promotion-wise when it comes time for the release. So, bottom line, it could be as late as 2010 when the whole thing is finally ready for public consumption.

Frustrating as that time line is, real progress is being made. Over the past couple of months, Matt and I have refined our long-distance recording and communications setup. I'm now carving away at new vocal and instrumental parts on a daily basis, while he sends me new mixes to peruse. It's exciting to feel in control of the process again, and I'm certain that, as was the case with Clarity's long gestation, the results will ultimately be worth the wait.

But you know what Mr Petty says about the waiting.