Album pre-order launched: The Sickness

Good News for the Faint of Heart:

As of today, you can pre-order the new Sidetrack Walker album, “The Sickness”. Best head over to Bandcamp right away! The release date is set to August 19. I’m launching a first preview single, “Broken Barrel”, alongside the album pre-order, so please check it out and let me know what you think. I sincerely believe that it is among the very best songs I’ve ever made, but listen and decide for yourselves!

As a Bandcamp customer, you will receive another preview track, “To Boldly Let Go”, with your pre-order. This song will not be available on any other platform prior to the album release. Don’t worry about buying the single version of “Broken Barrel” separately, either: it’ll automatically be included in every Bandcamp purchase. And on top of all that, you can look forward to a second single, “Time and Place”, which will follow on July 29.

I don’t have the words to express how eager I am to share “Broken Barrel” and the remaining songs with you. You’re in for a number of surprises, that’s for sure. This album has been an immense learning experience for me, and I feel that it’s a huge step up artistically. While I’d really love for these new songs to be heard by a wider audience, first and foremost they are made for you: many of you have been faithful and supportive since the very start, and I deeply appreciate that.

A word on physical formats

There’s one piece of bad news, too: “The Sickness” will not be released in any physical format for the time being. While I feel that the new songs deserve a proper physical release even more than any of my previous albums, a pressing is just not feasible financially, nor does it seem reasonable considering my CD sales so far. This is particularly painful to accept because I myself am an avid collector of CDs and don’t often listen to non-physical releases. If, like me, you’d like to see a physical release someday, please spread the word about Sidetrack Walker far and wide among your friends. With a bigger fan base to work from, a physical release will once again become a possibility.

More soon. Hope you’re all doing reasonably well despite the crazy times we live in.


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