Overall, The Pink in the Grey is a new test project for me. Started in August of 2009 and finished in February of 2010, it’s been a massive learning curve to do this as a home studio project with an attempt to have as little quality loss as possible (there has been, of course, quite a loss of finesse at times, particularly in the “S” sounds).
The benefit is that musically, it’s been the most consistent between how I conceptualized the LP at the start and how the final tracks ended up sounding. So I’m mostly glad I chose to take the hit technically, in favour of a more musically cohesive and representative finished product. I feel like the LP is a much more accurate reflection of my musical style than anything that came before. Reviewers may find it inane, dull, derivative, imitative, and inconsistent, and they may be right, but I’m still quite happy with it. In many ways, I’d treat it more as a polished and extended demo.
So I was registering the old CD for sales tracking today, and had a bit of difficulty in the “Genre” box, in that the only two that remotely seem to fit the album were “Soul/R&B” and “Rock”, neither of which it really is. Certainly, the upcoming CD is hardly “R&B” OR “Rock”.
Contacting the individuals to confirm that there was no category for “Pop” because “Pop is short for Popular music”, I was told “if you have no genre, leave it blank.” which made me somewhat sad for my songs! They are orphaned, genre-less songs! Alone in the world! What are they to do, other than be grabbed by a man in a ridiculous hat and walked down through London as he tries to sell them while singing “One Song For Sale” all because they asked for another bowl of porridge which they didn’t really even want but were encouraged to ask for by their stupid peers at the orphanage?