it’s heeeeere!

What a weekend this has been!  Yesterday I found an email in my inbox from the editors at CD Baby.  They said that they get 200-250 new album submissions a DAY (about 200,000 total) and that mine was one of the best they’ve ever heard, so they’ve decided to feature it in the “Editor’s Picks” section.  Holy shit!  What’s more, they wrote an incredible review (five stars!) of my CD (the first review so far, at that).  I couldn’t believe it, this was totally out of the blue–I never made any kind of solicitation for them to review my album.  Out of disbelief I went to their page, clicked on “editors picks,” and there it was at the top of the page!!!  Here’s the full review:

Crafting an album full of hip hop instrumentals is a challenge: without lyrics to crash in and dominate the sound, the producer is left with plenty of space to fill, a feat made even harder given that he’s flexing skills in a genre of music that often relies on repetition for it’s immediate appeal. Where many have failed, California producer Senz of Depth succeeds, packing a completely unexpected arsenal of instruments and sounds into a collection of songs that can be taken one by one, or just as easily swallowed whole in its smooth-flowing entirety. The key here is variety. Leaving out the loops and refrains, each song undulates and moves, while still finding ways to sink into grooves and not lose track of the underlying progression. Mixing live instruments with synths, it’s often hard to tell exactly where some of these sounds originate, and that’s precisely what makes it so much fun to listen to. These are tracks that thrive on intricacy, as Senz takes the basics of hip hop, shatters any presupposed definition of what he should be doing, and just runs with what feels right. It’ll keep you guessing, and it’s guaranteed to keep you coming back to make sure you caught it all. Give yourself some time, it’ll take a while.

-Brad, CD Baby editor

I really couldn’t have asked for a better review.  I’m like on cloud nine right now.  But as soon as the joy kicked in, I realized that I hadn’t really officially announced to everyone that my CD has been released, and I hadn’t made the necessary updates to my website.  So I rushed to update my website and decided that this post would my first announcement that the CD is officially released and ready for sale!

This really has made me realize what an amazing time we live in for independent artists.  The idea that, without any asking, begging, grovelling, or soliciation of any kind, my album could be promoted and reviewed by the editors of the biggest independent music seller in the world–well, that just blows my mind.

I’d like to give thanks and appreciation to Kelly Hibbert (Elysian Masters) for mastering the album, Brent Harada for the sick artwork, Crystal Chin for the design/layout (and putting up with my finnick requests), and the friends who’ve been so supportive of this project: Cathy, Justin, Jens, David M., David V., Sean, Renato, Trent, and others.

Alright then, buy away!

Published in: on August 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm  Comments (6)