All & Everything

Early in the process of collecting songs for this album I struggled with the order I should be putting them in.  I am a surprisingly logical person (for such a hopeless romantic!) so I was drawn to a chronological order to tell the story as it developed in time.  Problem was, it didn’t really work like that.  The earliest songs I wrote for Brandy were already full-blown lovesongs, while some later ones went back to treat the way we got there, describing early impressions, the hesitance, the interesting factors that pushed us toward being a couple, often in spite of our own awareness or intentions.  One song from that first year, “Sunshine”, did have more general lyrics (partly because my Orchid Highway bandmate Jamie had a hand in writing them) that fit an early perspective, but I didn’t like it as an album opener.  So I landed on a compromise, deciding to arrange a song order that followed a narrative arc as far as possible, building to our current mature – and I might add, very happy! – relationship.

            One song turned out so good as a recording, and just felt like the best introduction to the whole album that I could not resist promoting it to the lead-off position.  I wrote “All & Everything” a few years in, another full-blown ‘Mature Love’ song.  It does reach back to early origins in the line “you’re what I was looking for / when I didn’t look for anything” – a sentiment that creeps into other lyrics, as does “Kept me coming back for more.”  The idea of being overtaken by love almost passively (“Till I wasn’t leaving anymore”) is found in several other songs as well.  The refrain that grew out of that “Anymore” I made a key to the song’s structure, following it up with sections singing “Anyway” and “Anyone.”  The chorus (“You’re my be-all…”) and the title itself are my usual plundering of well-worn clichés from the long tradition of love lyrics.  All in all, this song is a pretty good summary or microcosm of the whole album, so in the end a good starting point after all!

Tomorrow, a preview of song #2 “Sunshine” – stay tuned lovers and dreamers!

Album Release! July 1st, 2020

This is it, I’ve already mentioned it all over the place, but you can officially take it to the bank that our brand-new album Suite:Dreams is coming out July 1. This will be the 3rd album by Scott Perry & the EastVangelicals, following 2017’s Songs of Serenity and 2018’s Follow UP.

There have been delays – I can’t blame them all on the 4 months of purgatory we’ve gone through, although Covid can take most of that blame (the most common excuse of 2020 can handle it). But we got the last little bits of harmonies and touches done and Adrian mixed away with me over his shoulder online instead of in person. We are super happy with the results and can’t wait to share this with you!

Whether we will actually have physical product by the 1st is still up in the air – vinyl for sure won’t come till later this year, but even CDs could be delayed a little past the launch date (distro to popular sites like iTunes, amazon, apple music, spotify, etc will take a bit longer too). But it will all be up digitally for purchase and available to hear at least on this site.

Best of all, with extreme caution in mind, and against all odds, it looks like we will have a real live Album Release Show too! LanaLou’s has hosted all our previous releases, and they have a plan to reopen in July, just in time for us to sneak in and be their first live show back! We’re doing advance sales to control the numbers, only 40 people will be let in (with staff and band we’ll come under the 50 allowed in BC’s current phase 3 of reopening), and it may feel a little more distanced than usual, but we’re going to do whatever it takes to make this happen! All the details, and reservations, HERE.

What we’ve been missing so much!

I hope that night will be a big release – not just of this record, but of all that built-up tension and anxiety. I know 40 isn’t a lot, and most of you won’t be able to be there – many people will opt to take the more cautious stance of holding back a little longer, and that’s OK. We will plan for more shows as the recovery really takes hold (I exercise my natural optimism on this score), on into the summer and fall.

Whether you can see us live July 1st or not, this album will be coming to life that day. It is of course Canada Day, but more personally and significantly in this case, it is my anniversary with the one who inspired all these love songs that are about to waft out into the world. Because I think what the world needs now is Love. Sweet love.