Looking Back on the Previous Year and Ahead to the Next
We released five new songs as Quicksilver Night in the first part of the year, two as standalone advance singles and three as a digital-only mini-EP, and this was meant to keep things moving until we could release the full-length “Asymptote” album later in the year. Those songs were Hephaestus the Cuckold (in March) and The Galactic Edge (in August) – both featuring Farzad Golpayegani – and all three songs of April’s “Mr. Wizard” mini-EP featuring Jason Cale: Mr. Wizard; Power Curve and Parallel Play. All five of those songs were originally intended for “Asymptote” and all of them wound up on that album, either re-released or as bonus tracks, so I qualify that particular part of my plan a success.
Those songs are responsible for Quicksilver Night surpassing 5K followers and, at one point, nearly 8K monthly listeners at Spotify as well as gaining some significant traction on Pandora Radio. It was my hope and intention to have “primed the pump” for December’s release of the “Asymptote” album
We finally released the “Asymptote” album – the day before yesterday as of this post, actually – and it’s been a long time coming. “Asymptote” seems to have been well received so far and initial reactions have been greatly encouraging. It’s a little early to tell how it all might play out and the year is very nearly over but I suppose this is what I get for releasing new music in December. 🙂
As it says on the “Asymptote” discography page: “I laid down the bones of the album long ago and but it’s fair to say that we began actively recording tracks for ‘Asymptote’ right on the heels of 2018’s ‘Symmetry’ album. It’s been a long time coming however one might look at it; this figurative machine had a lot of moving parts to begin with and things were further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, notably for associated travel restrictions and for the detrimental impact on warehousing and physical distribution of CDs. It’s here now though, in all its glory!”
So, now let’s look ahead … I already posted about my plans for upcoming releases in 2022 and 2023 last May in a separate blog entry and those plans haven’t changed much but I’ve refined them a bit and here’s how things look for Quicksilver Night in the coming year:
We will begin laying down audio tracks early in the year for a vocals-oriented full-length “We Are Also the Dreamt” album that we hope to release in 2023. I have previously posted something of my plans for this album back in May but it should come as no surprise that the project has evolved since then (and will probably continue to do so). I’ve made some conceptual changes to “We Are Also the Dreamt” since I last posted and the primary shift has been to remove a couple of songs – including both instrumentals – from the programming of that album. In its current form “We Are Also the Dreamt” will be comprised of ten vocally driven new songs spanning nearly an hour – including the 10-minute “Somnium Liminalis” – plus two bonus tracks totaling about 12 additional minutes between them.
I also have plans of recording and releasing a digital-only mini-EP in 2022, “Seven Cities Blue” is set to include four tracks of hybrid jazz/blues/rock in the vein of 2020’s “No Contest” and I have the usual collaborative suspects – along with a surprise guest or two – in mind for it. I’ve also arranged and licensed cover versions of Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” and Missing Persons’ “Words” – we’ve already begun recording both – and I am not entirely sure how we’re going to proceed with them but I guarantee that they’re coming in 2022 as well. As fun as they might be I view this mini-EP and the two cover songs I just mentioned as something of placeholders, not because they’re getting anything less than my full attention but because the “We Are Also the Dreamt” album, my primary goal, is dauntingly ambitious. There was a gap of nearly three years between Quicksilver Night’s “Symmetry” and “Asymptote” full-length albums and I am glad we dropped a few digital-only tracks in between those two albums to fill the void. I hope to repeat and refine the process this time around and provide more new music before “We Are Also the Dreamt” sees the proverbial light of day.