The past few weeks have been really exciting. Since deciding to release the debut Bok album, Tones, this summer, a mighty avalanche of work has descended upon me. If you follow Bok on Facebook you may have caught a glimpse of what lies ahead in preparation for a summer release.
This week I posted the preliminary designs for the 4 panel digipak CD packaging. It features the stunning artwork of Craig Thomson who I have been thrilled to work with. If you haven’t seen his stuff yet you really must check it out!
In addition to the album design, I also posted two new songs that I’m working on. The first is called Ease which, surprising to those who know me, actually has a full set of lyrics right from the start. Generally, when I’m writing a vocal line, I’m concerned more with phrasing and melody, and if the song develops to my liking, I’ll go back and write the lyrics prior to the mixing phase. There are many reasons why I prefer to work this way, so perhaps at some point I’ll dedicate an entry about it.
The second song is called The River and it’s a companion piece of sorts to Ease. They both share a minimal aesthetic, where the empty spaces between the sounds are just as important as the sounds themselves. I’ve been really excited with this experiment and hope to continue exploring it for the foreseeable future.
As you can see, it’s been quite a productive week! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this pace up for the next few months since there’s still so much to do: write lots of lyrics, sing lots of songs, and mix mix mix.