My name is Christopher Paine and I’ve been writing music for about 20 years now.
There is an irony when you approach the topic of humbleness, in that if you have to point it out, then you probably aren’t doing it right. But reflecting on how quiet I tend to be when it comes to releasing music I have to think that maybe it is sort of a curse. I wish to be a humble creator. I also wish to tell you that I put an unbelievable amount of work into my music and my art. I don’t know how to do both anymore. So today, I would like to tell you, humbly or not, that the best music I’ve written in a long time is about to leave drydock. It’s called Stripes.
It was originally supposed to be a 30 minute flash in the pan type of “here’s some new stuff” EP or whatever you call that in the streaming age. About a month and a half ago I had my wife Samantha sequence the songs which were all pretty nearly done (she has a gift!) and it revealed to me a much larger theme. I embraced that theme and spent a great deal of time weaving suggestions of what that theme is throughout the album. Since then four (or five?) new songs have emerged and the album now spans an hour.
We have overwhelmingly busy, hyperstimulated lives, and so I recognize how hard it is to make time for an old school hour long record. Instinctually, I feel very strongly that this is the opposite of the type of thing I should be releasing. But based on the feedback that I’ve been given so far, the album is better as a whole then the mere sum total of its parts so I would like to ask you to embrace that and listen to it, in its entirety, when it comes out later this week. Here is a preview of what that will sound like.
Please let me know what you think! The artwork is nearly finished and I can’t wait to share it with you in the next couple days.