dear everybody - i’m finally going to put the ‘ricky eat acid’ name on hiatus but before i do i’m choosing to release the final ep i recorded as ricky eat acid. i recorded these songs last summer while wrapping up seeing little ghosts but they were never released. it’s a project that flows fully and evolves from beginning to end, becoming more and more expansive and darker as it goes. there’s a description on bandcamp, but that’s for the general public, of sorts, and i’d like to give a better description here.
i recorded these songs at a very strange period (not as strange as seeing little ghosts, perhaps, but still very odd) and i think they reflect the melancholy of the situation that was unfolding while i wrote them. the process of recording was very important to me while creating these songs, as i’d record full drone pieces and then painstakingly cut apart the file for the song - changing things however i could, even cutting the .wav into tiny pieces and rearranging it in a cutting board like garageband or ableton; warping it however i could, basically.
it set the precedent for work i went on to do later with warping tapes while recording, etc, and as such is sort of the perfect precursor to the ‘heroin party’ album i’m currently working on (right down to album art) but more on that later.
anyway, the process of recording was so important because in that emotional state, hacking away for hours at a 4-5 minute song in an attempt to create something brand new, with no clue of how it would sound finished, was the most therapeutic thing in the world. that is to say - it didn’t help me at all, but it put my mind to a more laborious and menial use than worrying.
the most pretentious (and still the easiest) thing i can link it to is the abstract expressionist movement, particularly any color-field kind of painting where one broad color elicits a stronger emotional response than any composition. i don’t want to be a fucking asshole, and i’m in no way comparing myself to any of those artists, but that is the inspiration and what i was striving for, for better or worse.
anyway. i hope you guys enjoy. while the ‘ricky eat acid’ name is set aside (and possibly not even for too long), i’ll be working tons with teen suicide still, and also recording what i can only describe as a ‘post ricky eat acid’ album with ‘heroin party’
thank you to everyone for putting up with all my pretentious meanderings and dumb bullshit and silly drama for the last few years. i started recording as ricky eat acid in 2009 because i owed someone money. i continued to use it as a side project where i could indulge any idea i wanted - leading from one-off-but-somewhat-popular beat-oriented pop collections, to long-form drone and short sound-art vignettes. it was incredibly fun and i met and got to know/work with amazing people. i in no way intend to disappear, but rather move forward.
anyway, that was a lot and i’m sorry. you don’t have to read this, but please listen to (and download) this album. i’m really proud of it and i’m really happy to finally release it.
i may be scum but i have nothing but love for all of you.