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Friday September 29th – sale has ended, prices returned to normal
Saturn Return is back in print in an edition of 115 copies, and free at Bandcamp
Saturn Return, Unto Ashes’ second album (from 2001), has been out-of-print for a while. I recently found 115 more copies of the booklet and disc in the storage space, so I had them packaged for this final limited edition release. For a few days, the CD is on sale for $10, and the download is name-your-price at Bandcamp.
This is a wonderful album, confirming Unto Ashes’ unique hermetic apocalyptic folk / darkwave sound.
Get yours today!
New video at YouTube
Cinematic is now in stores and all digital outlets
Purchase the CD for $14 from Projekt
Cinematic’s nearly fifty minutes of melodic mesmerizing electronic music is shimmeringly sweeping and emotionally engaging. The eight song collection remixes and blends previously unreleased material (from 1998 through 2003) created as soundtracks for video, documentary film and multimedia. The eight song collection of synth and guitar-based melodic electronic/ambient music guides the listener through diverse, cinematic perspectives. The expansive rhythmic sequencer-based sections intersperse with ambient zones and soaring electric guitar textures. These are soundscapes created to complement a story or an event, yet still possess their own self-containing inner life.
Sam wrote this for Projekt artists, but any artist could benefit from this advice:Laraaji curated a Spotify playlist for Crack Magazine. It includes tracks from Steve Roach & Erik Wollo Rolling Stone article on Spotify Playlists gaining importance in music discovery
Are you reading the articles about playlists? They are a growing way that fans discover new artists. A band can be plucked from obscurity, by landing on the right tastemaker’s playlist. Kind of like the old days when a DJ loved a band and played them on their radio show a whole bunch.
Have you gone through the Spotify Artist Verification process to take control of your artist page on Spotify? If not, that’s task #1 for today. It’s a bit of a tedious process, but worth the trouble. Once you have that done, task #2 is to create your own playlist. Think of something interesting you want to share with your audience. It’s not just about your music, think of something broader and more creative. Such as, “10 tracks I was listening to when I recorded my first album,” or “10 tracks that I listen to when I meditate” or “6 songs that perfectly captured my confused sexuality as a high school student” (it’s back to school time, ya know!)
Yes, sure, you can include your own music on that playlist. But I think your fans already know your music, what makes this interesting is you are letting them get into your head, and see what you’re thinking. What matters to you.
Another really good use of a playlist is to promote a show or tour. Let’s say you’re playing out on a bill with three other artists. Make a playlist with tracks from each band; now you, the other bands, the promoter, etc, can share the playlist. You can send the link to local press, and maybe get it included in a preview article for the show.
What new ideas do you have, for using playlists to promote?
Here’s a Spotify Playlist I created for Aurelio Voltaire’s tour with Bella Morte.