Helloooo! Just wanted to give you a few updates on what’s been happening here in my musical world.
Since the release of Acquiescence back in April, I’ve slowed down on my studio/recording work. Towards the end of that production, I definitely started to feel the burnout set in. I tried jumping straight away into another album I had on deck, but it just wasn’t working.
Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of a computer screen for another summer, but every so often I would make some progress on this new album....
R ecently I lugged my trusty ol' Korg TR88 keyboard back into the studio. I had forgotten how great these patches sounded and had also forgotten what it was like to not use samples or rely on midi. I pressed record and this is what came out when I started playing this keyboard again.
"Sinus" reminded me of a Mats/Morgan Band song by the same name, so it was apt to name it just the same. There's some hints of Zappa, Genesis and some Muse sprinkled in.
If anyone know what time signature the middle/solo section is, I'm all ears.
Anyway, click here to listen to this new tune. If you like what you hear, download it for free or name your price.
Hope your summer is going well! Speaking of summer, the next album I have on deck is called "The Darkest Of Summers"
Lyrically it explores the subject of death imparticularly several loved ones that I have had to say goodbye to over the last few years.
Also clocking in at close to a mere 30 minutes, this album will surely be a bit more easier to digest than some of my previous releases....
Watch Part IV of the making of Acquiescence where I give you a behind the scenes look into the studio when I was recording vocals for the album.
The Making Of Geoff Barone's Acquiescence - Part III (GUITARS!!)
Physical CD - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-physical
Bandcamp - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-bandcamp
iTunes - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-itunes
Amazon - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-amazon
Spotify - http://bit.ly/Acquiescence-Spotify
Apple Music - http://bit.ly/Acquiescence-AppleMusic
When I started recording Acquiescence, I knew I wanted a wide array of timbres and tones. I ended up using close to 10 different guitars, and several different amps to get some really groovy tones.
Here's the list of guitars I used...and although I have a few gems (mostly handed down to me from my Father), most of my guitar collection is full of junk. Lol.
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Samick Artist Series SG
Fender Squire Strat ("relic'd" by yours truly)
Fender Lite Ash Tele
Schecter PT Diamond Series
Sears Silvertone 1448 (w/amp in case)
Guild D40 NT
Epiphone 5-String Banjo
Peavey Foundation 5-String Bass
Here's an Instagram post of the pictures as well
In this second installment, you will learn a bit more about the album's title.
We'll dig deeper into the inspiration for the album and dig even deeperer into the similarities between my Citizen 603 album and the songs and concept of Acquiescence.
Even though both records coincidently have (16) songs...there is actually a lot more to these projects than meets the eye...G.I JOE!!!!! oh wait...wrong show.
Last week, my newest album, Acquiescence. was released. To a humbling reception and great feedback, the album was quite a success...moreso because I actually got the darn thing out. lol
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a little glimpse into the making of this album. In Part I of the making of Acquiescence, I share how the album's inspiration and inception all began.
What started as a change in my morning routine transpired into an albums worth of new songs. Instead of jumping on the computer, I decided to more or less "jump into my mind", as it seemed there were still a few things I needed to get out of my creative mind that I couldn't quite touch within my 2016 release Citizen 603: Somewhere In The Near Future.
So, as much as the songs from Acquiescence seemed like an accident or come out of thin air; in hindsight, the songs and content was always there.
I hope you enjoy this first part. There are more to come
I now present to you ACQUIESCENCE.
Clocking in at close to 80 minutes and 16 tracks to boot, Acquiescence is one of my most sincere and honest albums to date; both musically and conceptually.
Ranging from genre's like hard rock to bluegrass, swinging jazz to death metal; it's musical ADD...not really. Even with the wide array of music styles, I think I was still able to create a nice cohesive album with tunes and genre's flowing into one another seamlessly.
The album is now available in a several different formats: CD / Digital from *Bandcamp and also on iTunes, Amazon and all the other major retailers.
I recommend downloading from Bandcamp, because you'll receive the follow choice BONUS ITEMS not offered anywhere else:
*BANDCAMP DOWNLOAD BONUS ITEMS:
- 2 Bonus Tracks (Devil In the Details & Undersung)
- The "F*#*!! Track" (15 min blooper reel)
- My Original iPhone Voice Memo Recordings (of all 16 tunes)
- Lyrics PDF (with guitar tunings and dates of inception)
Acquiescence recently hit iTunes and is available for pre-order now.
If you pre-order today you'll get the tune "Faded" downloaded instantly. Then on Friday, April 20th, the rest of the album will be available within your iTunes library.
We're almost there! Exactly one week from today the album will be out!! I can't wait for everyone to hear this new music!
I’m proud to announce that on April 20th, 2018, my new album Acquiescence will finally be released.
The album can now be pre-ordered via Bandcamp and will available both CD & digital formats. You'll receive the first 2 tracks off of the album immediately upon purchase, then...
Once the album is officially released, not only will you get the entire 16 track album, you'll also receive these choice BONUS ITEMS:
The album will be on iTunes soon, if that's your bag. (but you won't get any of these neat bonus items I'm including in the Bandcamp download)
Be sure to follow me on Instagram to watch and hear more clips from the album!
Until then...be excellent to each other.
About Geoff Barone
Geoff Barone is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Buffalo,NY area. He likes to write rock musicals, original solo albums and make movies.
What does that even mean? I don't know...it sounded cool at the time. Anyway - ACQUIESCENCE is done! "The dishes are done, man!"
If you're following @geoffbarone on Instagram then you'll be seeing daily posts of little slices of the cover art for the album.
Check out the first post below and don't forget to follow. When all slices have been shown, then all will be revealed about pre-order and official release dates.
Hi folks, Geoff Barone here.
It's been awhile. It's February now so you may have asked yourself "Geoff, what's up with your album? Are You Done Yet?" ...almost...
As you may recall, I announced the release of Acquiescence was going to happen way back in August 2017...well obviously that wasn't the case. See, I got to a point in October that I just didn't wanna look at the sessions anymore...I just couldn't. I was burned out. It was a mixture of burnout and fear….
“happy anniversary, happy anniversary!!”
Five years ago today, I released my concept album: Conversation Pieces.
It was a success on a few levels. First, it garnered some really great reviews from such publications as PROG & Progression magazines. It was featured on both 8BitX and Progtopia Podcasts and sold out of all the limited number of physical CD’s I got pressed (well a ¼ of those I just gave away)
Do you ever feel alone?
Do you ever feel like there's no one around to talk to?
I've spent a lot of time by myself whilst recording Acquiescence and as you will see in this new album update video, it seemed like the only person I had to talk to was... myself. ;)
Hope you enjoy it..I know we did.
Geoff! Summer is over, where's the new album?!?! Tell me, what's the deal!?
Well, I had hoped to get Acquiescence out by August, but then the summer happened. August came and went and now it's almost October!! Oh, and then my ADD took over and I started working on my rock opera again and then Kim Rose flew into town for another super songwriting weekend, etc etc, excuses, excuses...
Hello everyone, Geoff here and this is an album update number #3. (aka Geoff sucks at guitar!) I wanted to give you guys a little glimpse into the guitar recording process for this album.
See my goal was to utilize many different guitars that we combined their respective tones and timbre’s to create a nice...
This is album update number two blog for Acquiescence... and although this is kind of an extension of my first update and I may be repeating myself just wanting to give you a bit more insight and a little bit more background about the album...
Alright!! After mulling over a few names, I've decided my new album will be entitled "Acquiescence" Set for release this summer, (which is looking like mid to late July at this point), this album will contain 14 new tracks, written back in February. With the exception of the instrumental and one of the bonus tracks that were written back in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy. The styles are ranging from hard rock to bluegrass, acoustic ballads to face-crushing progressive metal blah blah blah.
As I mentioned in my Blog post from March 2017...
Well…the songwriting bug hit me something fierce at the beginning of February. I mean, I am always writing…always creating. Even if it’s a little riff here or a little lyrical idea or song title, I am always open and have my antennae on. At the start of February, instead of jumping into...
On Friday, December 16th, I released an album called "Somewhere In The Near Future" under the alias CITIZEN 603. The album is an 80's inspired instrumental concept album which is best described as a mix of synthwave, prog with film score tendencies.
"Somewhere" is everything I love about Synthwave, Electronica & Progressive Rock coupled with a nod to 80’s composers like Georgio Morodor, Harold Faltemeyer & Klaus Doldinger among others. I grew up watching movies like The Running Man, The Neverending Story, Labyrinth so the music from those films always gave me a sense of nostalgia and a longing for a more simpler time…
Back in May, my family and I moved from NYC/LI back to the Buffalo,NY area. Gone are the long days being stuck on trains, or waiting for trains and my 3 hour commute to Manhattan, which had all but sucked my soul dry and added extra stress and anxiousness to my already demanding life...
Well, 6 months ago, my wife and I put our house up for sale on Long Island. She was offered a job back in our home city of Buffalo,NY.
It took me quite awhile to wrap my head around not living in the NYC area anymore. For years, I prided myself on living here and making a life for my family and me near the greatest city on the planet. Not to mention that last year, I finally had the chance to make my entrance into the off Broadway world of NYC. I felt like I was gaining a lot of momentum only to have the wind knocked out of my sails. Leaving Buffalo almost 10 years ago taught me a lot about the world, my career, my family and myself. I was forced to deconstruct every pro and con of this relocation.
In celebration of Halloween, I decided to cover a song from my all-time-favourite Halloween movie THE WORST WITCH, starring Tim Curry & Fairuza Balk.
When I was asked back in November to start writing the music for PINWHEEL! I jumped at the challenge. I've performed in a few musicals as well as written my own, so I have always been a fan of the theatre.
As time went on I slowly realized that...