Hello, fine friends.
Three months have passed since I released my first full-length album (“Where You Were Young”— see below) and while I’ve been happy with the response, I feel it is time to continue moving forward and immediately creating new music. I’ve set a goal to release an EP’s worth of material - most of it as of this point un-written, by my birthday in late September. The rough basis for the work will be a book of letters, entitled “Dear Dad and Mother,” as written by my grandfather in his late teens/ twenties and then typed over the course of a year by my father. Recently, I had some time to commence the songwriting as Nicole and I drove through the South — 4000 miles in 11 days, a ukelele along for the ride. Though summer flies by and days disappear to work, gigs, social times and everything else, I hope to be squeezing the rest of the writing/recording into a small window of time with the aim of creating a less-produced, simpler and more raw series of recordings.
In the meantime, I’m close to completing and releasing two outtakes from my bedroom/living room “Where You Were Young” recordings sessions. Entitled “Red Fields” and “The Carriers,” they’re two tunes with a bit of a more ragged and, at times, heavy feeling — and while they didn’t seem to fit on the album, I’m excited to release them for new ears to hear. I think that they work well as a small, dual-song release.
If you haven’t already, please download my album for whatever cost - or free! - at alecbetterley.bandcamp.com . It means a lot to me! Best wishes from the midst of this hot Brooklyn summer.
photo courtesy of david packles. 02/11/12.
salutations to anyone who actually looks at this site. in the midst of what is likely the busiest time of my life, i’ve found bits of time to work on the record (current title: “where you were young”) and, little by little, the gradual progress has brought me to where I am now: with a release show/party scheduled for saturday, april 7th. mark your calendars if you’re so inclined. i’ve chosen my favorite little brooklyn spot - the cozy bar 4 in park slope - a venue i’ve loved since first playing there with colin in 2009. a friend will be starting off the night with a solo set, followed by me doing a set of album material (and, perhaps, given the nature of the album’s tunes, some stuff that’s slightly more uplifting) and then the first my friend other electric set since late 2010. it’s gonna be a fun night. the beer is cheap, the show is 100% free, it’s a great local business, and saturday nights there often wind up morphing into some resemblance of a dance party. if you pick any one show of mine to attend, i’d be honored if it’s this one.
in the past couple of months i’ve had the great pleasure of working with friends and family to fill in some of the lonelier spaces of the album; special thanks to, in the past few weeks alone, nicole lenzen, caits meissner, alessandro tabora, caitlin claessens and david dawda for lending their considerable talents to the project - and for just being all-around great people to hang with while we record. in the midst of my jobs, i’m busy working on vocal takes and tying up loose ends. the wonderfully talented greg hedderman is currently putting in time on the cover art, and it’s gonna be great.
other projects on the horizon include the first full-length toys and tiny instruments lp and a digital release of a few new my friend other songs. colin will be producing the former and i’ll be producing the latter. also, following a short break after i finish my full-length album, i’m going to begin work on an ep project based on a collection of my late grandpa george’s younger-life letters, discovered, typed and brought into beautiful book form by my dad as a surprise for the entire family. pretty cool. the plan is to give myself a time window of 6 months to write, record and release that music.
anyways, enough about me. i hope all of you are happy and healthy. for those who i haven’t seen in some time, give me a call or an e-mail. i’d love to hear from you.