Eponymous 4 announced the release of two cover albums arriving Oct. 30, 2020. Shinkyoku Moratorium Nihongohan takes a karaoke approach to Japanese indie rock and pop music from the early 2000s. Shinkyoku Moratorium Eigoban imagines a series of songs covered by other artists — a post-rock Roberta Flack, a post-punk Bruce Robison, Janet Jackson as grunge.
The albums are preceded by two singles. “Hurt So Bad”, originally by Linda Ronstadt, arrives on Sept. 4, while “Be My Last” by Utada Hikaru arrives on Oct. 2.
When I was growing up, I thought the only way to get my music heard by people other than me was to get signed to a record label. As active as the Hawaiian music scene may be, I knew my kind of writing would not play well in Honolulu clubs or radio.
So I waited till I graduated from college and moved to the Mainland to get a lay of the land. By the time that happened, creating your music in your own home became a viable option. As technology improved and an independent infrastructure became more accessible, the record label system seemed more trouble than it was worth.
I wanted to make music on my own and distribute it on my own. And I didn’t care that it didn’t sound entirely professional just yet. I wanted it out there now.
A stimulus check from the federal government kickstarted Observant Records, which I formed on my birthday in 2008.
enigmatics was the first release, and I optimistically pressed 100 copies. I still have 86 of them in my closet.
The label turned 10 years old in 2018, even though it hasn’t be entirely active all that time. But it’s a long-enough duration to produce an archive, one that seems worthy of retrospection.
Bandcamp made subscriptions available to artists, which I haven’t found occasion to use — till now. I’ll be making available the old Work Release Program releases, early versions of the albums now available. I might even find a few infant demos and studio experiments. These releases will be subscriber exclusives.
Eponymous 4 announced the release of a new album. Originally scheduled for a September 2017 release, the album will now come out in 2018. Titled Travis, the album deals in part with the theme of escape and overcoming obstacles that prevent it. Here’s the track listing: