Planga-La: Music and Stuff
I mostly write songs for concept albums or projects. But over the years I've acquired a lot of songs that just don't fit anywhere, or were intended for projects that I've given up on. 31 Flavours is my way of making use of those songs. By compiling and releasing them, I clear the shelves of them and no longer have that itching backlog. A new flavour was released for every month in 2010 that contained 31 days.
The final volume of 31 Flavours is Peppermint. Due to a blizzard, this was released one day late. Sorries. Happy 2011 everyone!
31 Flavours Volume Six (or is that 666?) is Butter Brickle. Released on Halloween, it is filled with creepy songs. Listen to it in the dark with someone you love.
Albatross, the fifth installment of 31 Flavours, is bleedin' seabird flavour. These songs are - dare I say it - silly. The album was released on 31 August 2010.
Rocky Road is the fourth volume of 31 Flavours. It's more rock-like, made with good, strong hands. It was released on 31 July 2010.
Strawberry, the third volume of 31 Flavours, is a collection of my style of love songs. It was released on 31 May 2010. Cover photo by Basia Kruszewska.
The idea behind this collection is that the songs have an odd taste, but they end up being good if you like that sort of thing. I picked mostly songs that were intended for an album that was to be an homage to early 80s alternative music (in particular Ralph Records acts like Tuxedomoon, Yello, and Chrome). Then I decided I wanted to do that album later and completely changed the tracklist. Then I circled back about halfway. At that point I noticed I had chosen a lot of songs with the themes of late night, early morning, and dreams. I thought perhaps I had another concept album on my hands, but forbade myself to pursue that idea. So what we have is a collection of songs, and if you find an overall story it's completely unintended.
Vanilla is the first in a series of releases known collectively as 31 Flavours. The project is basically a way to release songs and demos that don't belong to any other project, and would otherwise never see the light of day. They will come out on the the 31st of every month that has 31 days. Vanilla was released on 31 January 2010.
2009 is a 7-song EP of songs I recorded in 2009 that didn't belong to other projects. It just seemed like the thing to do. Released on New Year's Eve of that year and planted the seed for what would become the 31 Flavours project.
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