All records are “concept albums” of some sort. Sometime there is a theme or audio textures that bind, other times there is an overt story being told.
The latter scenario is where real trouble starts. Ziggy Stardust is amazing, almost everything else is total crap.
When I started work on this newest production I knew it was closer to an opera than a punk rock record, and I knew the general outline of the story, but I didn’t realize it’s full extent until I was four songs deep. By the end of this week all major recording will be finished and the mixing will begin. I will share the story because it is not completely evident in the music, and because I’m pretty sure no one will read this far into an all-text tumblr post. I’ll post the full libretto later.
Looking out the window, our heroine is elated to be alone and free for the first time. She has escaped her tormentor and reflects on the peace and quiet of the night.
As she drifts to sleep there, she dreams of a spider crawling onto the icecube in her glass.
The spider is the captain of this ship and torments her with his authoritarian control. He sails for just one thing, escape from the rising sun which will melt his icy ship.
She dreams of the scene that caused her to flee int he first place, a murder. She discovered the body floating in the pond behind her house. Her twisted husband the perpetrator. No matter how she frees herself physically, he still lays claim to her mind – until the spider fills that space. Captive on his icecube ship, the spider is spiriting her away until, finally, the sun rises to melt the ice ship. Terrifying as he may be, her eight-legged monster is in fact freeing her from the murderous tormentor.
At the end, Chronos stands before his fire, beckoning the sun charioteer Apollo to take to the sky and complete his daily mission. Another day will dawn and set. He says, “And if death doesn’t take right I’ll see you by this fire side again.”
There you go. Concept album, opera, call it what you want.
Tentative release date: January 2015.