chrysalis2I’m happy to announce that my new music album, Chrysalis, has been officially released to all major digital distribution systems, including iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. It’s still taking a bit of time to populate some of those sites, but it should be available within the next couple of weeks.

This album was quite an interesting process for me. After Event Horizon was released in the summer of 2012, I took about a six month break from anything involving music. No guitar, no keyboards, no songwriting, nothing. I was honestly pretty burned out after a long and frustrating process of getting that album written and recorded, and I didn’t even know if I wanted to keep moving forward with music because I just didn’t get the enjoyment out of it that I used to.

But in early 2013, I decided to just put some random ideas down on tape, mostly just recording chord progressions or riffs without words into my cell phone’s audio recording feature. I didn’t expect them to go anywhere, but I figured I’d collect them and see what happened. To my surprise, I ended up with about 25 really solid ideas for songs, recorded in bits and pieces over the span of about 8 months, from January to August. Once I had those pieces, I went through them and figured out which ones would make the most sense to expand into fully fleshed-out songs, and I went into the recording studio in September to start piecing them together. Two of the songs on the album – Hyacinth and Caught Between – pre-date the main recording sessions by several months, but thematically fit very well within the confines of the album. The writing of one song on the album dates all the way back to 1997, with pieces being added to it over the past 15 years.

I also ended up using a brand new recording rig, which honestly scared the crap out of me. The previous two albums had been recorded exclusively on a desktop PC using Sonar, and now I was moving to a Mac-based rig with Logic as the primary DAW. I had no clue what I was doing with Logic, and was apprehensive about having to learn along the way.

Fortunately I managed to figure it out fairly quickly, and the bulk of the album recording took place from mid-September to early November. Production followed immediately after, and the period from November to February was spent in post-production and fine-tuning the tracks and the album as a whole.

You can purchase the album on iTunes here, or on Amazon here. You can also purchase the album on CDBaby, which is my main distributor, by clicking here. I do keep more revenue through CDBaby sales, but it’s really up to you.

You can also preview the album on Spotify by clicking this link or by listening to the playlist below:

Also, here is a brief press kit that I included with the initial digital distribution:

Since his first official CD release in 2005, Galen Clavio has crafted a musical catalog that exhibits incredible musical depth and range. Clavio’s stylistic shapeshifting has always been in pursuit of his muse, and 2014’s “Chrysalis” is no exception. Through 14 diverse tracks, Clavio invokes a wide range of past and present styles, while bringing his own unique lyrical perspective to the musical scene. Featuring guitar, piano, synthesizers, bass, and vocals all performed by Clavio, this new album provides listeners with an experience that is easily accessible yet wrapped in mystery.

“I think that ‘Chrysalis’ is the album I’m most proud of,” says Clavio. “It encapsulates a lifetime of being a student of music, while also managing at the same time to give a sense of where my mind and heart are currently.”

We had a chance to talk with Clavio about his latest work, and get his thoughts about where this album sits within his musical canon.

Q: Congratulations on the upcoming release of your newest album! You chose the name “Chrysalis” for this album. Is there a reason why?

GC: I felt that Chrysalis really represented what I went through as this album was being made. It’s a metamorphosis — it has been that way in almost every aspect of the process. I completely changed my writing style for this album, and completely changed my recording process as well. You add that in with a healthy amount of personal, lifestyle change, and the name just made a lot of sense.

 Q: Would you say that change is the dominant theme of this album?

GC: In a way, yes, although it’s more than just change. It’s a realization of some things ending and other things beginning, and how sometimes what we’re afraid of losing isn’t anywhere near as good as what we stand to gain in the resulting vacuum. There’s also a few running threads through the album about rejecting societal norms and enjoying yourself and your surroundings regardless of what people may say.

Q: You’ve talked a lot in the past about your various musical influences. Which of those influences do you feel come through most strongly on this album?

GC: Good question! It’s hard for me to nail down the specific influences because I listen to so much music, and sometimes the influence isn’t directly recognizable. But for this album, I’d say a big influencer was Beck, particularly in integrating some of the more synth-heavy elements. Led Zeppelin definitely fed into the process, particularly on “Holy Lion” and “Computer Love”, as did mid-70’s Rolling Stones. Other bands or artists that I hear when I listen to the album include Wilco, Traffic, Shuggie Otis, Blitzen Trapper, Neil Young, and Ryan Adams.

Q: What was the writing and recording process like?

GC: Long and occasionally frustrating. The bulk of the album was written in early to mid 2013, although one of the songs dates back a good 4 years before that. Recording took place almost entirely between August and November 2013, with production taking place in December 2013 and January 2014. I think the frustrating thing for me was really trying to dial in each of the individual tracks and make the album a consistent sonic experience. Hard to do when you’re doing everything yourself at home, from the initial recording to the production and mastering, but I feel happy with the results.

 

Thanks for listening, and if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you.