Deep Heart was released on July 6, 2018.
Tracking for this album was finished in December 2017, but there were a few delays:
On December 31, I had a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm while I was preparing dinner for our New Year’s Eve party. I was only unconscious for a short time, but have lost some memory of that particular night and I was in the Intensive Care Unit for two weeks. They told me more than once I could have died if I would have been alone. The ambulance came quickly. The neurosurgeons at Rush Hospital are who I owe my life to. They performed surgery, entering my leg to put a coil in the aneurysm. I am thankful for each new day to be alive. My worst lingering effect from the aneurysm is my vision. I hope this is a temporary loss. My memory is back and I can play all the songs I love to play.
When I listen to these songs, I feel I knew something was amiss in my head but I was not ready to leave this world yet.
My mother passed away in March, and I miss her more than I thought I would.
I decided to change mix engineers for a new perspective on the mixing. Mastering engineer Bob Katz recommended Andrew Diaz who does some work in his studio. This is now the fifth album Bob has mastered.
I will be releasing a new album titled Deep Heart in early 2018!
Here’s a recap of my activities in 2017:
I created another exclusive session in January for Mark Whitby at Dandelion Radio. Two songs from the session have been completely reworked, and the new versions will appear on the new album. The session is now available as a name-your-price download on bandcamp here:
Marked Map: A Dandelion Radio Session.
I continue to get my best support from radio outside the US: In the UK, Germany and Canada. I prefer listening to these overseas stations because they play more varied genres and new music. They’re more interesting than most US stations.
I continue to collaborate with Paul Kent of Brighton, England on our project Kloba Kent. Our song “Fools Make Walls” even made it into Dandelion Radio’s Festive 50 at number 28, making my third appearance in this listener poll! You can get both Kloba Kent EPs on bandcamp here:
Naked in the Storm
Check the Dandelion Radio broadcast schedule to see when his show will be streaming. (Schedule is in UK time, so be sure to convert to your own time zone!)
The session will be available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp in February 2017 here:
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From Mark Whitby’s review of Ghost in the Museum:
…in Kloba’s hands, ancient pre-existing musical notes are dragged into the world and twisted into new, enticing shapes. ‘The answer is already in your mind’ we’re reminded in ‘A Thousand Pretty Strings’, one of the album’s many highlights.