Happy October! Hope everyone is doing well. As September has come and gone (way too fast, in my opinion), are there any updates on an Island release date? I thought I recalled reading here that the new release date was to be decided on during September, so I was curious.
I've been incredibly busy, recently. I've scored three films this year, a play, and worked as producer and/or arranger on a dozen or so records. I'm currently putting together a gala concert for the Art Gallery Of Ontario, creating work for harpsichord duo and antiphonal choir. I'm scoring a fourth film (the biggest project I've ever worked on), and prepping a bunch of new and old songs for upcoming performances. (I finally figured out a way of performing "Lewis/Shirt" with my recent guitar/violin set-up, and I'm very pleased with the results.)
We were looking forward to a September release of Island, but label, management and myself all agreed it'd be a good idea to prioritize my mental health. I've been really happy in my patterns of working from studio and spending time with friends, family, boyfriend and dog. So, we're waiting for some time longer. We'll be deciding next month on a new release date. We've already shot one video, but I have an ambitious video in mind and a director who is excited to do it, and so I'll be working on that this fall as well.
I'm still sitting on three soundtrack releases ("The Wait", "Life" and "Illusions Of Control"). We're still working out the logistics of their release. All the music I made 2004-2009 has been remastered and is being repackaged for re-release under my own name. It all sounds amazing; I did some cursory remixing of certain tracks (especially on Plays To Please) and the new master sounds extremely good. The original masters were very satisfactory, but time has given us perspective, and I'm much more satisfied with the way things are sounding now. He Poos Clouds in particular sounds like a breath of fresh air, like a whole new record-- there are details present that I'd forgot even were there. We're hoping to get them up on streaming services before the end of the year, and vinyl re-pressings in 2020.
Hi Owen! It's been a few months since you mentioned that you and your team would be considering a new Island release date in September--any news about the album release you might be able to share with us? Hope things have eased off a little for you. From your previous posts, it sounds like the late summer and fall were insanity for you.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I've seen some pictures around of the recent live shows and it's making me so excited to try to catch a future tour, everything looks and sounds fantastic...
I've also had He Poos Clouds on repeat a lot lately, which has just made me even more excited for the remasters of old songs to go up on Spotify. Fingers crossed those will come soon, as it is nearing the end of the year!!
Lastly- I'm probably late to this realization, but I realized yesterday that 2020 is the 10th anniversary of Heartland's release! Should Island be released next year, that'll be great timing for a continuation of Lewis' story :-)