You may know Matthew Smith as a part of the Indelible Grace effort, or you may know his solo work. Tonight, he posted a run of tweets about Feedback, which will be released next Tuesday.
Here are SEVEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW about the new @ instrumental worship record, FEEDBACK:
@ IS A STRONG PRESCENCE. Her sense of melody is all over this record. And the musical partnership works seamlessly. #feedback
INSTRUMENTAL DOESN’T MEAN NO SINGING. Vocals are used as an instrument, with a good deal of singing, but without words. #feedback
CLASSICALLY COMPOSED DOESN’T MEAN CLASSICAL. Modern instrumentation, classically structured. Can't be confused with Mozart. #feedback
IT'S NOT A THROWAWAY SIDE PROJECT. Don’t skip it because it’s not a standard pop release. Derek's not a standard pop artist. #feedback
IT’S A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME. He's using programming to create expansive sonic landscapes without budget constraints. Brilliant. #feedback
IT WILL OFFEND YOU. It’s art that invites you to engage, not just consume. These days, that's more scandalous than swear words. #feedback
Derek sent me a download link for Feedback on Saturday night, and I gave it a listen Sunday morning. I liked Matthew’s statement about it being “a soundtrack to prayer”. If you need encouragement for a long prayer/study session, wanting to get immersed in what you’re doing but have an audible cue for when you should complete, Feedback clocks in around 37 minutes.
So Derek will be playing a one-hour show at The Rutledge in Nashville on the 3rd of July. I’ll be there if I have to sleep in my car to hold my place in line. [Actually, I'll just go eat at the Mexican place next door. I've been to The Rutledge many a time at this point.]
Matt Conner of Stereo Subversion recently interviewed Derek on a whole range of issues ranging from Noisetrade to his next album. Here’s what Derek had to say regarding the latter:
It’s pretty early on and, as usual, I’ve got pages and pages of ideas. It’s hard to say exactly where it’s going. I have a couple strong ideas, but I’m almost afraid to say because you never know once you get in and start. I thought Mockingbird was going to be full of different stuff. I intended that to be a record about art and politics and the combination of the two and it ended up just being about politics. [Laughs] There’s only one song about art on that record and it’s totally out of place.
Right now, if I had to give it broad strokes, I would say it’s going to be a record about race and sexuality – those are the big issues right now, but that’s what has been squarely in my line of sight for the last couple of years.
You can read the whole interview here.
If you’ve looked at the front of [derekwebb.net] in the last week, you’ve seen stuff about the Art * Music * Justice Tour. That tour will have:
- Sara Groves
- Brandon Heath
- Charlie Peacock
- Derek Webb
- Sandra McCracken
For a little on the show, we talked to David McCollum:
As to this tour, the general concept of the night will be in support of IJM and Food for the Hungry, it will feature Sara as an emcee or sorts; then each of the artists will have their own time on stage to walk through their experiences in relation to the social justice and poverty issues addressed by each organization.
Dates are being booked from 18 Sep 2008 – 26 Oct 2008. A number of shows are already booked, but there are still slots available. The man to contact for booking is Bryan Myers of Creative Artists Agency.
If you want a banner for your Web site to support the tour, snag one. You’ll want to fix the URL to point at the Art * Music * Justice tour page on MySpace.
… or so Derek said at the show last night.
You should enjoy it.
Some of y’all complained about the size of the cover art we had for The Ampersand EP, and well … now we’ve got the final deal. Click on the image above to see the full-size image we’ve got. This should be big enough for you to see, although it’s a JPG and has compression artifacts and all that. We’re sure that the final product will look even slicker in print, but also that the tired/grainy look is purposeful—I mean, Rhodes is still very new in the WebbCracken family, and these folks … well, they’re probably not sleepin’ much, eh?
Rumor has it that the disc is now mastered…
Coming to a CD player near you… The Ampersand EP
It looks like pre-orders will be taken starting on Valentine’s Day. The physical record will come out in March or April. You will, however, get the full digital download as soon as you pre-order. Derek and Sandra will be out playing shows together to promote once the pre-order starts. Derek told me that they consider Valentine’s Day to be the actual release date for the EP
We here at dw.net are very excited for this release and I, for one, am very glad Watch Your Mouth has found a home and am excited to see what Sandra can add to it! Stay tuned to dw.net for more updates!
Derek and Mike did a two-part interview. I’ll copy from the email he sent me to describe it, because I’m lazy:
There are 3 parts to this interview (only 2 are up). The first part is general info (noisetrade, new albums…etc) while the other two have to do with questions that were submitted by .com board users. I have no problem with folks listening to those but they may not be as interesting to them. You can download them and upload elsewhere if you prefer, it’s whatever you want. At 32 minutes the first part is a bit long but there is a lot of good info in there. I hope this is OK.
And because it’s funny … Can You Spot Derek Webb? It’s “Where’s Waldo?” but with a short, bald man.