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valtozash Holy dooley! This is freaking brilliant. Favorite track: Mosslight.
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Epilogue 07:24
Hereditary 04:18
Daydream 02:11
Purity 04:12
Coalescence 03:07
Mosslight 07:26
Sunrise 02:18
Void Sparks 04:05


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Composed and produced by Jake Woodward.

Artwork by Crossfade Productions.

Desolate Dreams logo by Horst Type Foundry.

Track Notes:

Pure madness. This is a wild one to play through start to finish. I was in a time of feeling insecure about my writing/playing so I decided to write the craziest shit I could think of. Not a way of writing that I can keep up with longterm, I like to think something good came out of it.

The album was originally going to be called Epilogue but I felt that as the other tracks came together that name didn't correspond with the overall feel of the album, which is about letting go of ego and generally being content with what you write naturally, whether it's simple or complex.

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I love the arpeggio combo and all the reverb in this one. I had to sadly cut a great piano part that sounded awesome in isolation but in the end didn't work for the track. I might try and find a way to sneak it into something else one day in the future.

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I wrote this track a long time ago and never really did anything with it, and it didn't even have a name. I came back to it recently and it filled me with so much nostalgia for the time in which I wrote it; hence the name Daydream.

-He Lives Above Earth-
Yes it's a Ziltoid reference. All hail Ziltoidia.

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One of the last tracks that I wrote/recorded for the album. It just all kind of came to me in an afternoon in a stream of consciousness.

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A bit of a departure from my usual style, but I am branching out into stuff that is perhaps less metal and more melodic, even poppy. I am trying to be less judgemental about my writing and let whatever happens happen. There's still some noodley guitar here so don't worry.

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-Nightmare Nest-
Classic symphonic speed metal for this one. I love playing it. The first 'riff' gives me mega spoopy vibes hence the name. The slipperly slidey arpeggios are hard as balls.

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-Neat Disorder-
Neat Disorder was originally called tappy and I'm still not sure which name is better...

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I wrote the intro, which was very inspired by the music of the videogame Hollow Knight... and then got stuck for several months. One day while noodling over the piano loop the main riff came to me and the track went from there. I really like the outro; it's a definite change of pace and I love it.

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-Event Horizon-
I wrote this on guitar but could never be bothered properly learning it so I chucked it on a ton of synths and I think it ended up way better that way. Gives me space vibes, hence the name. One of the few DD tracks with no guitar.

Another track I wrote many years ago (maybe 2013?), and now makes me feel very nostalgic. It was called Clean Compressed Picking on my computer for so long that I'm not sure the name Sunrise will ever fully stick with me. I kind of wanted to call it CCP until I googled it and found out what that stood for.

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-Void Sparks-
I'm a guitar tutor and I do this weird chord exercise with my students to help them learn barre chord shapes and the note names on the fretboard. Believe it or not this entire track kind of evolved from that. I think the ending is epic.

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-The End... Or Is It?-
I wrote this spooky little line and didn't really know what to do with it. So I just chucked it in here as a cheesy tongue-in-cheek album finisher. I think it's fun.

-Ionian Odyssey-
Emma and I went to the Greek Ionian Islands in May 2019. We are both keen photog/videographers and love making videos of the places we travel to, and I write music for them.

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This is the second "____ Odyssey" track by DD... oops.


released August 13, 2020


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