Third Eye Surgery

I have now recorded the basic tracks for 13 new songs in my favourite Black Tornado studio with technician Anders “Evil Jebus” Onsberg and plan on spending the next three weeks over christmas and into the new year finishing an album which will be titled Third Eye Surgery, for release by Bad Afro in april 2012. Most of the songs deal with a concept of unreality/fantasy – which of course does not make it a concept album as such, it’s just that I like to write a new batch of lyrics circling around a loose theme. There’s no storyline, but an inspiration from the fact that a massive dose of the schedule 1 illegal drug Dimethyl Tryptamine probably shoots from our pineal gland the second we are born and die as well as every night when we  dream. Traces of this highly psychoactive drug can be found in pretty much any plant or mammal on the planet. It is also one of the two main ingredients in Ayahuasca, which has been used for centuries by Amazon tribes as a psychotropic religious sacrament.

The album will most certainly include the totally spaced out title track as well as another one called Bullshit Detector, which is in a very similar mindmelting  style. There’s a cute and melancholic psych pop duet with Emma Acs called Dandelion, a harsh and metallic comment on the state of the world called Waiting For The War, some fuzz & farfisa sounds on Down To The Bottom, some jangly 12 string bliss on Nothing Is Real. A few other songs, like the typical garage blast of Bubblegum will probably not make the final tracklist, as it simply differs too much in style. It would have fit perfectly on the previous album though. I have also let go of a song called Salvia Pull, which didn’t really work out at all. A shame as I really liked the lyric. I’m still considering Light Up Your Mind though, which is an attempt at writing a lyrically uplifting major chord song, something I always have to force myself to do, but I’m not completely convinced that it will fit in with the very spacey sounds of the central songs.

We still have some work to do, recording all the fun stuff – effects, backing vocals, lead guitars and coloring the tracks with acoustic elements like sitar, tanpura, glockenspiel – but the deadline is mid january, so basically while the rest of the western world is still curing their new years hangover, we’ll be mixing the seventh Baby Woodrose studio album. I have asked Kiryk Drewinski, who also did the Mindblowing Seeds artwork, to come up with something cool again this time and the drafts I’ve seen look amazing, so by now I’m pretty confident that no one will be dissapointed by the finished package.

Ok, I think it’s time for me to round this off, get dressed and head to the studio to get some work done! No, wait a minute! I have to say, I have not really listened to much other music than my own for the last couple of months, due to recording and touring quite a bit, but that hasn’t really stopped my record buying routines, as I’ve purchased quite a few albums for the collection, including stuff like The Listening on Vanguard, Demian on ABC, Woody’s Truck Stop on Smash and The Banana Splits on Decca (huge and lovely bubblegum album apparantly including The Deep and Freak Scene member Mark Barkan as a songwriter!)  so there’s your traditional record tips! Google and you shall find.

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