So here it is – day 1 of the 365 New Music Project and I’m bloody terrified. Remember all of that excitement and anticipation that I mentioned last week? Yeah, that’s all gone and, instead, has been replaced by a harrowing fear about the enormity of the task ahead.
Sure it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m hugely looking forward to finding some awesome new songs, genres, artists and cult acts to add to my musical litany. But the idea of finding 365 of them and posting one per day over the next year (at least) is absolutely pant-wettingly scary.
What’s also daunting is the decision to make about which song to start things off with. After all, this could be the make-or-break moment where people either go “wow, that’s amazing. What a ball-bustingly stonking tune that is – this guy sure knows his stuff” or, more likely, “WTF? This song is the pits and this dude has no clue about music. A plague on all his houses!”
The upshot of this is that I’ve been deliberating the opening song for almost 2 weeks now, and have cycled through at least a dozen options – from the serene and introspective right through to the silly and raucous, and even some bizarre genre mash-ups that probably have no business being put together but sound amazing. However, in the end I’ve decided to just go for some moody, uncompromising rock. This is Two Doves on a Lake by the Archie Bronson Outfit.
Now I know that I’m stretching the definition of “new” a bit, as these guys have been around since 2004, but this particular track comes from their brand spanking new 2014 album Wild Crush. So it’s therefore firmly following the qualifying criteria that I set in my introductory blog post.
Take a listen – I think it’s glorious.