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.


Pre-order and bonus track on Bandcamp

The pre-order for Mirrors and Mirages is now live on Bandcamp. “Maybe”, the shortest song, is already streaming as a preview, so be sure to check it out! If you pre-order the album, you will be able to download this track right away. As a special incentive to support Sidetrack Walker directly through Bandcamp, the album download will contain an exclusive live version of “Of Landscapes Unchanged” as a bonus track. This recording will neither be available through the Bandcamp stream, nor through any other streaming or download service.

In other news, the CD layout it currently in the works, so I’m hoping to have a physical product on sale by Christmas!