I love science fiction. Since I was a teenager, I have been an enthusiast of great storytelling and epic book series. I’ve always been a fan of expansive, immersive experiences. Why read just the Hobbit, when you can read the Lord of the Rings? Better yet, why go for that trendy stuff when you can dig deeper into the Silmarillion? There are many epic book series out there… And I have gleefully devoured many.
So too do I love albums. Better yet, give me an artist’s discography so I can come to know the mind(s) of the artists. I suppose I’m not suited for this decade, with its child-rhyme hooks and its singles mentality.
Polaris Rose is working on a 6-album series… Beginning with ‘Telescopes’, deepening into 'Ocean Blue, Velvet Skies’ and then racing off into darkness with 4 subsequent albums. All of which have their own theme and sonic palette… But all of which have the Polaris Rose sound.
As much as I’d like to excitedly talk about the direction we will take, I will hold off. But I will say, I’m super excited. On any given day, I will be working on material from album 6 and then turn around and work on album 3. The titles are all established. The landscapes are there too (we’re leaving the beach and driving through the desert). The emotional themes are set up like skeletons, with room for adaptation depending on where life takes us.
“Telescopes” was an album about searching for something/someone unobtainable and making yourself miserable in the process. I was writing about my own search for success in the music industry. It was a fool’s search… But more on that another time. “Ocean Blue, Velvet Skies” is about finding peace in ourselves… Building a life as an artist and letting go of that “unobtainable search” in order to explore deeper territories. The following record (#3) continues that narrative in a more “socially minded” kind of way. I’m excited to share those songs and ideas… And I’m excited to be in a band that will evolve over the course of each record, leading to that final, sad goodbye.