The new album, INTER, is available now.

I am incredibly proud to announce that the new Blind With Rain album, "Inter", is available now for immediate download at https://blindwithrain.bandcamp.com/album/inter for a "pay-what-you-want" price point. I will appreciate anything you offer and understand that some of you may have to choose the lowest monetary value. You will not be judged by me–I am truly happy to have you all as supporters and fans. The album will be available through additional online distributers in the coming weeks, as well as on streaming services such as Spotify. Since 90% of you support me via a digital model these days, there are no immediate plans of releasing a physical version of the album. If you want one, please express your interest in the comments below. If there is enough interest I will try to accommodate the demand.

I'm sure you all have heard of a labor of love. Well, this album became a labor of insanity. I have been working on this new Blind With Rain, vocal-driven album off-and-on since 2010. Some tracks have close to thirty revisions each, and I have made additional tweaks to some of the songs as recent as yesterday evening. This album was so close-to-my-heart and necessary for me to make that I even pulled it from my loyal mastering engineer's hands so I could have additional time on the mixes and have complete creative control.

It might not live up to your standards, and there will always be things about it I wish were better or different…but therapeutically speaking, it is exactly the album I wanted to make. The theme of the album addresses my emotions and state-of-mind between 2010 and 2014 when my family experienced (to my best estimate) thirteen deaths. Most to old age, some to disease, one to an accident, two to addiction…and one to suicide. The latter is the topic I would like to touch upon the most and assure you that I am well and that I do not condone or romanticize the notion of taking your own life. Track three addresses a very serious issue that affected me for quite some time and I used music as a way to work through my feelings and to take on the persona in the song of someone who made an unfortunate decision. I want to acknowledge that we all go through some shit in our lives, but life is precious so if you feel like things are that bad, reach out to someone and talk things out.

Ok, enough of that. I hope you enjoy the album.

As always…thanks for listening.
Aaron

Album update...

I am proud to announce that the new album is finished. This release is vocal-driven and has returned to the style of what I have always envisioned Blind With Rain to encompass. I will be putting the finishing touches on the mixes over the next couple of days, then the tracks will be sent off late next week to Carl Saff for mastering. Yes, you can still count on an August release.

There will be more to share in the coming weeks, but for now here is a preview of the cover art...

 


Isolation (instrumental)

This is an instrumental track I composed back in 2010 for The Cosmonaut movie. I think this track made it onto the alternate soundtrack for the film (a different BWR track was chosen for the movie itself). But I think this should be an unheard piece of music for most of you…against the backdrop of New York City.

introspection

It has been a while since I have written any semblance of a blog entry (quite the understatement actually). There hasn’t been much to say. If I’m counting correctly, I have lost six family members since the release of theA Transmission of Data in the Staticalbum. That fact alone has bottled me up creatively for a good while. Now, I’m not saying I have it bad - - I really don’t. Nor am I seeking any attention or sympathy. I’m just trying to illustrate where my head has been at for the last few years.

Yes, I have released projects that succeeded that aforementioned album - - collections of music that I am still quite proud of. But in hindsight, I realize now that these releases have been (welcomed) distractions. I haven’t been putting my focus into the music I really want to make, which can be best defined as an extension of the sound I created on The Chemical Window and A Transmission of Data in the Static.

I haven’t avoided writing completely. But the dozen false starts that manifested over the last couple of years have been either unfocused, without growth, or even worse…lacking passion.

However, these last two months have proven fruitful. For the first time in quite a while I actually feel inspired and am excited about the future of Blind With Rain. Even though the next release is still in its infancy, I feel like I have a solid and defined path in place.

As soon as I have something audible to share, I will…

Thanks for being patient,

Aaron

Announcing the New Release from Blind With Rain, "Sanctus Luna."

Blind With Rain - Sanctus Luna

A few months ago I was approached by an independent filmmaker to score a documentary on a Boston artist. For reasons beyond everyone’s control, the film went over-budget and was shut-down.

This left me with 12 homeless instrumental tracks that were written with the intention of being background accompaniment to mostly narrative film situations. I was truthfully apprehensive about doing much at all with these subdued songs. But while finishing the final track sequence I discovered that I’d developed a real affinity for them. What started out as a “work project” had actually become more than that.

Even though I promised the next Blind With Rain album would be returning to more of the industrial sound, I have decided to move forward with the release of this instrumental album (titled, Sanctus Luna). I feel that this collection of songs stands on its own even without it being a companion piece to a movie. It is my hope that you will enjoy it, and maybe it will even live up to its original purpose as a soundtrack for some of your coming days.

Aaron

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These last few weeks...

These last few weeks have been filled with composing a score for an independent filmmaker’s short-film focusing on a Boston artist.

If I’m being vague it’s purposeful. I have to maintain a level of respect until things have progressed more on his end. Shooting doesn’t even wrap up until this weekend from what I understand…so I’m guessing it will be a couple of months until things see the light of day.

This scoring project derailed me from working on new songs for the next Blind With Rain release, but it was a welcome distraction. I’ve been wanting to get into film scoring for the last several years. Growing up, 75% of the music I listened to were film scores, so this genre has always been an important part of my life. It is exciting for me to finally be able to get my feet wet in this field. The whole process has been quite rewarding particularly on an inspirational level.

This score was a challenge in the sense that most of the tracks had to be downplayed and subdued.  Being a documentary, there are a lot of narrative and interview segments that the music can’t compete with. Therefore, I found a lot of the variation from track-to-track relied more on unique atmospheric elements opposed to structure or melody.  Currently, the score sits at 12 tracks. There will be more tweaking that needs to be done, and possibly more pieces to compose. But when listened to as a whole, I feel this collection of music paints an emotional, eerie and ambient backdrop. I hope you as a listener can experience this feeling as well.

Also, late last year I was asked to compose & submit a track for a independent Russian film. This project has evidently had a few hiccups, but I am assured it is still on track. Again, the vagueness is intentional and I apologize for that.

I’m itching to get back to writing proper songs for the next Blind With Rain release. I promise, as soon as a new track is 100% finished and polished I’ll share. I know it’s been a while.

Aaron