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We were reviewed on Tonedeth!

Elitists would probably agree that they just don’t make music like they used to, especially in the Progressive Rock arena. Some would say that today’s prog elite is more in to showing off their skill as opposed to using their skill to make good music. Long gone are the days when music possessed the intimacy, the humility, and the raw genuine passion for making music inspired by something else. Fret not; Sigmund Blue is here to fill in the void, no DeLorean required.

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story

Some of you lovely folks have been asking about the process of making "The Eight Deaths of Delphinium Gardener," and how it differed from making "Long Distance Mixtape."

 
It's a long one. Here goes:
 
On the basic level, the process wasn't too different from Long Distance Mixtape. For one, we're all still miles away from each other, all over the country, so this process again was about using our own studios to record. Two, we developed the songs in a similar manner— in general, the person with the song idea started it, whether that's guitar and vox, or piano, or an array of instruments to get the ideas down. Once the song idea was in place, then we passed it along to each other to add our own parts. It depended on the song, but for each, we generally had an idea on what order we should add our parts. For some songs, the writer added some demo vox or instruments, as a way of giving direction. Still others, we spoke about a direction, and then let each other run with the concept.
 
In a lot of other ways, though, this album was different.
 
We set out to make a concept album, which, in and of itself is a completely different music-beast. A concept album requires a story— which can be linear or not— that the music revolves around. For us, it was important not necessarily to have the entire story written and polished, but rather, to have have certain arcs and elements that we could riff on as we wrote the songs. 
 
When we first started brainstorming ideas about the story, we knew we wanted a strong female lead character. Greg's wife Liz also made the suggestion we should somehow involve and octopus and time-travel. Beyond being amazing suggestions, we got inspired and developed the story of a female protagonist versus an evil octopus that was from somewhere else. We also talked a lot about concept albums we liked, as we grasped at what kind of musical styles we wanted to explore. On that list was "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by Genesis, "Tommy" by the Who, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" by the Flaming Lips. 
 
We decided the interaction should be about control— control by the octopus, but also the dynamic of control within Delphinium and her own life. Historically in the art world, there have been many depictions of women interacting with octopuses in a sexual way. We did decide pretty early on that we wanted to remove any overt sexual themes between them, because we felt this angle would distract from the focus on the control dynamic. Also, we wanted to be able to portray Delphinium growing up through life, which helped us explore stories and varied experiences as a result of age. With a sexual undertone, this would have made this exploration a lot more difficult and perhaps take an angle we weren't really comfortable with. We thought another interesting angle for the overall story would have to do with death, but without getting overly spiritual. We have a pretty diverse array of beliefs in the band, so we wanted to respect each other's beliefs, but give each other room enough to push the concepts about life and death into the fantastical.
 
Why an Octopus?
 
Well, as mentioned, we had that as an idea early on in brainstorming. At first, it didn't hold any specific significance. But, as we developed the stories, we found that this idea of the number of legs equating with the number of lives she might live really expanded the story quickly. It made for an interesting bridge between songs and thus, lives. If she was to interact with him and also perhaps chop off the legs, it gave us an anchor for the story arcs— it's a central point and event that could happen at the end of each life— something other than— she died, or almost died… and… nothing. Also, octopuses are creepy looking, so it was an easy antagonist to develop in that way.
 
The first few songs that were written really pulled a lot of the concept together quickly. "Charcuterie of Babylon," "Here it is," and "The Octopus and the Nightmare" were among the first few to be developed. Once "The Octopus and the Nightmare" was far along, we started to use this as the template to develop the other lives, so the lyrics became a skeleton by which we wrote the songs. In this part of the song:
 
the first leg, I couldn't stay
second one was made of clay
third & fourth were drug buffet (s)
....
the fifth was a cafe
the sixth was autumn ballet
seventh & eighth were not the same
 
We took some chances with describing lives that hadn't been written yet. And so went the rest of the album.
 
Where do we go from here?
 
Now that we've given birth to Delphinium, we're all anxious to see what kind of life(s) she takes on from here. Delphinium Gardener now lives in hundreds of homes now— across speakers, gadgets, computers. It's pretty incredible to think about.
 
We've talked about doing some kind of limited edition pressing— whether CD, vinyl or whatever. We've also talked about what other kinds of medium she could exist in like film or theatre. We're definitely open to the possibilities. And, who knows, maybe she'll come to life in all of the above.
 
This is probably enough typing for now. I hope we have answered some of your questions. Feel free to ask more!
 
-Sigmund Blue

overwhelming

Hey everyone! The response this week to our album launch has been overwhelming! We've had downloads from all over the world from Japan to New Zealand, to many points in Europe and North America!

Thanks again for all the love!

Feel free to leave comments on our Facebook page, or just come by to say, "Hi!"

Love, Sigmund Blue

release date named

"The Eight Deaths of Delphinium Gardener" will be offically released on Tuesday, September 10. 

While the download will be technically free, fans may choose to donate any amount. Along with 18 songs, each download contains an 8-page booklet containing lyrics, story and original illustrations by the artist, David O'Neil.

 

new album official title

The new album is going to be officially titled,
"The 8 Deaths of Delphinium Gardner."

This marks Sigmund Blue's first attempt at a true concept album in the Progressive Rock tradition. The current target release date is late Summer/early Fall 2013. Stay tuned as the site is updated with more on the album, and possibly new artwork!

 

 

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