No news in a while means….
…tons of news posted all at once!! The fact that it’s been quiet on the blog is just an illusion – it’s not quiet around here. Currently we’re listening to the mixes, making sure that every beat, every chord, every note and breath is in the right place. In July we went back to the studio to finish recording the vocals for the album - and this time we weren’t in a hurry but had several gloooorious days to make sure it all sounds just the way we want it to. It’s a good thing our voices were back 100% this time – it made all the difference. The perfectionist side of our personality got to emerge - strongly!
For the past month, our sound engineer has been steadily working with the mixing of the album. It’s fascinating to witness how the raw material from the studio turns into a beautiful, well balanced, true piece of music – it becomes an entity. Actually, it’s even more rewarding when you remember how the song came into being while crashing on a friend’s couch on a summer night and picking up the guitar in the dark of night. And now, hearing it like it is now… Wow. Hmmm. Next post will probably be about the evolution of a song!
Our dear friend Safa Hovinen is working on another entity - the graphics and lay-out. People are busy with figuring out printing options and internet sales and so on. Soon, all the pieces of this Refuge-puzzle will be put together and brought to you.
This project keeps on expanding, though. It’s almost like Refuge has been inspiring itself along the way to always become that one extra step (bigger and) better. Some of us started this project with the idea of recording a demo, some thought we’d just finish a few songs. Some thought we’d make a simple, acoustic album. Now it seems we have more people joining our wonderful, talented band of musicians with some interesting solo instruments and guess what! We’re not merely working on an album anymore. Just wait and see!
But sure, we’ve had some obstacles along the way, too. A studio with a hot and humid jungle climate and tricky conditions (you know, with the heat and all us monkeys around), the ‘Evil Flu’ creating some nasty and unwanted audible vibes and prolonging slightly the mixing of the album and bugging our sound engineer. Then we also met our dear friends Thunder and Lightning, who made sure we took goooooood long breaks in the middle of recording so as not to fry all the fancy equipment. Oh, and mosquitos and flies and all sortsa little flyin’ bugs. But all that is really essentially nothing. However, it does take time to conclude a project like this. Thanks for being so patient!
More news to come… soon!