The entity will be called Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls, which also works as a metaphor for the whole project. I want to use different musicians and producers/engineers on tracks, even if some people are heavily involved throughout the project. In the world of music creation, this is often referred to as The Slut Method. (It isn’t, really. Did you believe me?)
It might seem contrary to said slut ethos, but I want this to be the most cohesive of my records. Perhaps the threads running through the album won’t be things like “this snare drum was recorded in the same room” but instead, consistency in the quality and artistry of production (to surpass Pixie) and songwriting (to surpass anything I’ve done), as well as things like melodic cleverness, a new awareness of the “sound”, and lyrical and thematic unity (even storytelling) calling for a new enlightenment of the human race.
I plan on recording around 30 songs, none of them half-assed, all of them built as potential album candidates. After mixing, I’m going to whittle those down to TEN songs. I’ll release the others in some kind of bonus package. Most are new songs, but some are demos that I’ve always wanted to record properly. All of them will be changed significantly though. For example, On My Own will definitely be attempted, but I’m keeping the tempo and vibe but upping the stakes, re-doing all the lyrics, and meshing it with a completely new chorus.
Here are some of the album potentials: Amelia, Poor Places, Newborn Child, People On The Street, Come On Daisy, Sucker Punch, On My Own, Coney Island, Pretty Bitch, Worth It, The Beautiful Ms. Parker And I, Jitterbug, Tiny Bird, Anthem For Evolution, Spider, Do You Love Me?, Bi-Polar, Sherlock Holmes, Mally,……
…..and most exciting to me, a re-imagining of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, my favorite piece of music of all time. All four movements will be different and complete songs, arranged for a piano-rock beat-down. I’ve been working for months rearranging sections and turning Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece into an epic, condensed opus, complete with lyrics. The original tale of the Arabian Nights will be set in the future and involve the rise of artificial intelligence, and people’s struggle to find explanations for our incredible multiverse.