Finally – I’ve been waiting for an email for a few weeks now and nothing ever showed up. Stopped by Gunn’s site and what do I find? A link to his store where I can buy his new album from CD Baby. Huh? Why all the emails a few weeks ago with teaser links to mp3s if you’re not going to follow through with an announcement about the album being available?
I see mention of “vocalist Beth Quist.” I really hope vocals are not going to feature prominently throughout the 29 tracks. I won’t mind them if they’re atmospheric-y like on “The Silver Bough,” but if they’re anything like what showed up on the three vocal tracks of The Third Star, I’ll be disappointed – “Symbiotic” and “Indiera” are consistently skipped to this day, 12 years later. However, sound clips on CD Baby seem safe so far . . . I, like most listeners, are in this for Gunn’s remarkable sense of atmosphere and groove, not for the usually ill-fitting vocals. Trey Gunn makes mesmerizing road music that just happens to be aggressive and complex. I don’t want or need vocals and lyrics cluttering that up.
Is it just the designer that I am being annoyed that whoever did the art for this couldn’t center the the text horizontally so it fit in the circle? I mean, aside from just being kind of crappy looking in general, this looks decidedly cheap. I can’t stop myself from looking at it, and everything that is off the horizontal axis, and thinking, “Why, why, why?” It’s so easy to do – anyone can do this with a little knowledge of the programs. I actually have to stop looking at that image. I am that annoyed. There is no place for bad art. He’s had such nice art in the past. Why this? I get the concept – it’s a test screen for a TV, but this isn’t good. No, I’m not going to fixate on it and let it ruin the music. But sometimes it makes me wonder what the artists are really thinking . . .