Adam's fourth EP, Any Joy, is now available from BandCamp, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Tidal, and many more places.
Since I announced Any Joy a couple of weeks ago a few people have asked if/when it'll be available on iTunes. Well, the answer to that is "right now." You can currently pre-order Any Joy from iTunes, ready for its release this Friday the 24th. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that you should. Here's a few reasons why.
BandCamp is the only place you can hear the EP as I intended it to be heard. An inordinately large amount of time went in to mixing Any Joy. Far more than for my previous EPs. There was something about these songs that required a different approach. They're lighter and more subtle, and the mixes reflect that. The EP was mastered by myself and Will Bowles incredibly carefully, and perhaps at odds with other modern releases. For a number of years music has been getting louder and louder, and some of this is achieved by compressing the music, evening out the volume peaks and troughs, and boosting the sound, giving it a "punch". We haven't really done that. For that reason Any Joy runs a little quieter than most modern releases. However it does retain clarity, separation, and most importantly to me, dynamic. The quiet bits are quiet, and the louder bits are louder.
Doing things like this greatly disturbs the people at iTunes, Spotify and other digital music outlets. In the search for a consistent volume and cadence to all music across all platforms across all of the globe, each outlet runs the music through its own volume normalisers, and sometimes EQ filters, adjusting the sonic qualities of the songs. iTunes is the worst for this. You can even pay extra for a service known as "Mastering for iTunes." We haven't done that either.
A lot of people won't be able to see that much of a difference. However, a lot of effort went into the dynamics, mixing, and mastering of this EP (in opposition to my previous EP, The Atlantic, which was recorded on microphones built into laptops, bathed in reverb, and mixed in mono to give a deliberately claustrophobic and muddled sound) and BandCamp is the only place you can hear the EP that properly reflects that.
It also makes sense, financially speaking, for both of us if you buy my music from BandCamp. It's £3, compared to iTunes' £4.99. From a sale on BandCamp I make about £2.50. From a sale on iTunes I make less than half of that. On Spotify I make £0.007 per stream. Less than that if the listener does not have a premium subscription. Everything I earn from my music goes towards making more music, so your support through BandCamp means a lot to me. You also get an immediate download of 'In the Shade of the Trees' when you pre-order through BandCamp, which you can't get elsewhere.
Of course iTunes is super convenient, and Spotify is very user friendly, and honestly, however you choose to listen to my music is fine with me, but these things aren't talked about enough by independent artists or music fans, some of whom view iTunes as the be-all and end-all of digital distribution, which it isn't. There are opportunities to communicate directly with the artist you're supporting. There's a way to choose how much you support them with each release. You now have a way to be involved in an artists progression that iTunes simply doesn't offer, no matter how convenient.
The EP is out on March 24th. I am very excited to share it with you. However you choose to listen to Any Joy, I hope you like it.
Pre-order from: www.adamscottglasspool.bandcamp.com
Any Joy is the fourth EP from alt. folk artist Adam Scott Glasspool. It will be released digitally on March 24th. It is the anticipated follow up to the internationally acclaimed The Atlantic, and is available to pre-order now through Adam’s BandCamp page. It includes the new songs ‘This Can Be’, ‘Arkansas’, and ‘Where Am I Unknown’, as well as ‘In the Shade of the Trees’, which Adam has been performing live for over a year. It appears here in a new, updated form.
Any Joy finds Adam in a sombre, minimalist mood. Gone are the intertwining, intricate acoustic guitars of his formative EP’s, replaced here with cold ambient synths and emotive swells of slow electric guitar. The vocals too, linger and fade, difficult to fully grasp on to, shrouded in rich but robotic harmonies. Adam’s fourth EP may be a difficult transition for his long time fans, but it is a rewarding listen, with the EP revealing itself to be plaintive, beautiful and captivating.
On March 24th Any Joy will be available to download from iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and all good music retailers, as well as being available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and most other streaming services.
1. This Can Be
2. In the Shade of the Trees
4. Where I Am Unknown
Adam's third EP, The Atlantic, is out now and is available exclusively through BandCamp.
Adam's second EP, 'I Welcome the Flood' is now available on BandCamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, and a whole host of other places to either purchase or stream. The CD edition is available exclusively through BandCamp.
You can now hear the title track from the upcoming EP 'I Welcome the Flood'. Stream it at www.adamscottglasspool.bandcamp.com I can also announce the full tracklisting of the EP, which is as follows:
2. I Welcome the Flood
3. Pace Car Driver
5. All It Ever Was
You can pre-order the EP and receive a download of the title track now at www.adamscottglasspool.bandcamp.com
I am very excited to announce that I shall be releasing a brand new EP and going on tour soon!
The EP is called 'I Welcome the Flood', features 5 new songs, and will be released on the 15th of February. It will be available in both digital and physical formats and pre-orders can be placed atwww.adamscottglasspool.bandcamp.com Upon release, the digital version will be available at all good music outlets. The physical version will remain exclusive to BandCamp, and will also be sold at my shows.
I shall also be touring around the release date, including a very special EP Launch Party in Brighton on Saturday February 13th. Attendees to the launch party will get a copy of the EP on CD as part of their ticket.
I'm really excited to be getting around the UK again to not only revisit some of the cities that treated me so well on the last tour, but to also take in some new places! The dates are as follows:
Feb. 13th - Junkyard Dogs, Brighton (EP Launch Party)
Feb. 15th - Sound, Liverpool
Feb. 16th - Mr. Lynch, Newcastle
Feb. 18th - The Village, London
Feb. 19th - The Chequers, London
Feb. 20th - The Art House, Southampton
Feb. 21st - Como Lounge, Oxford
More details about the EP will be revealed in the coming weeks.
On a more personal note, thank you to everybody who came to a gig, bought or listened to my first EP, and generally supported me this year. It's been fun and tiring in equal measures and I wouldn't have been able to do it without any of you guys. I hope to see you all soon!