Unwed Sailor finished mixing Little Wars. The album is 9 songs which clock in at 42 1/2 minutes. The 2xLP version will include a two bonus tracks, one remix and one track recorded as part of the Little Wars sessions. This new full-length has been a concept for several years, the band playing a track or two as part of their live set. “Copper Islands” is a building block for the album and has been part of the live show over the last few years. Little Wars is the band’s most ambitious and complex release yet, building on melodic lessons and recording techniques learned over the last several albums. Not content to follow up with their energetic 2000 debut full-length, The Faithful Anchor, with a mere sequel, the band recorded 2003’s The Marionette and the Music Box, challenging its fan base with a Peter and the Wolf inspired, classically influenced fairytale. In 2006, Unwed Sailor released the Circles ep and The White Ox full-length that further departed from their live performance sound, exploring Eno/Lanois ambient recording techniques, resulting in a brooding, gloomy ambient opus wrapped in southwestern imagery. Little Wars reflects both the depth and breadth that Unwed Sailor has developed through these diverging releases and its live show. The songs are energetic and highly melodic, but gently colored and focused by layered keyboards and percussion with a delicate ambience. It also marks the recording return of Matt Putman, Matt Depper, and Nic Tse who recorded The Marionette and the Music Box with Johnathon Ford. The current live line-up, Brooks Tipton, Patrick .., and Andy …, also played extensively on Little Wars with Phillip Blackwell of Questions in Dialect and occasional live/studio member of Unwed Sailor providing the remix for the vinyl version. The official retail release date is going to be 18 March 2008.
I heard a few rough mixes from the next Bosque Brown album and it’s really sounding good. We’re targeting the official retail release date for that record as 1 April 2008.
For all of those interested in the Starflyer 59 Ghosts of the Future box set, the wooden boxes have been designed and ordered. We’re getting samples in about a week and are planning to unveil them on Saturday, 24 November along with a couple of special items that will be available in time for the holidays. So, be sure to check back in to the website then. We will have the third shipment off to subscribers by mid-December along with the box. Of the final batch of test pressings, one side is going to be re-mastered to improve the song quality. Incidentally, I think it may be my favorite song in the series and I really wanted it to sound perfect.