In the immortal words of Rakim, ‘it’s been a long time…’. After nearly 3 years, one of the longest breaks in between projects I’ve ever taken, comes the release of A Memoir Called Noir, the latest self-written and self-produced output from Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. This time around the beats are a bit darker, and the lyrics are more forthright and honest than usual. Dynamite verbal assists are included from Kazee Queen and BERNICHUS. Thanks to the good homey at Frownland Records, this album (and all of my other albums) are available on every digital streaming/storefront service your little heart could desire, so don’t sleep on the project. For those about to support, we salute you.
I’ve been hard at work on A Memoir Called Noir for a long time. I’ve probably been working on Old Time Religion for a good 16 months or so. I knew from the moment this song started to take shape, however, that I wanted Bernichus on the track. His vocal timbre, wit and delivery, in my opinion, were a perfect match for closing out the track. Recently, Bernichus laced me with his recorded verse (shout out to Chris Boasso for the engineering assist) and I liked it so much that I decided to leak the track prior to the upcoming release of the full length album (stay tuned for details on that). If you dig the track, give it a like, share or comment, and hopefully this album lives up to expectations… I’m very happy with it, and ready to share it.
One of the purest senses of joy I experience is releasing new art into the world. It’s been since late 2015 that I released any music, one of the longest gaps in my music making career. I spent 2016 recovering from a wave of personal setbacks, and 2017 was focused on getting momentum going in my film career. During both of those years, however, I never stopped writing, and as Fall of 2017 approached, I was beginning to form my upcoming release : A Memoir Called Noir.
Recording has gone smoothly, and I am now in the process of mixing songs while I wait for a handful of guest verses to arrive. In the meantime, I thought I would begin the promotional rollout, hence the release of the lead singles : Kickstart, a song about personal responsibility in the light of an ever-changing world; and Fifth Estate Amendment, a song about learning to be a wise risk-taker. These are extremely simplified explanations, but hopefully, you will be able to make your own connections to the material. Expect A Memoir Called Noir no later than March, hopefully, and then be on the lookout for the instrumental album also to be released in 2018, This Town Has Turned To Dust.
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