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Oh Look! An Old Recently Unearthed Photo Of Raven And Lloyd.

12 Jul

Taken by Sarah De Buck. She had the album back when it was just with scratch vocals so she could design the cover and after she heard it, made this. I told her it could not see the light of day until after the album release. (I cackled with glee over bringing up Lloyd again and waited OH so patiently for y’all to hear it.)

Raven and Lloyd the ballad of lost hollow hallow

This is simply an artist’s interpretation.

We’ll talk soon about plans for the 3rd installment. Frankly, i have a LOT of thinking to do. Until the usual state of affairs, i actually have a pretty damn good idea where most things are headed. Which you think would made figuring a solid plotline and framing device easier, but no. There’s a lot of stuff to cover and a lot of ways to cover it. One thing i think i’m leaning towards is that it may have to be a couple self contained stories. You know, like the steampunk and atompunk operas to a certain extent.

There’s the Why, which is pretty damn interesting if i do say so, and a worthy Why that i totally believe has been worth waiting to find out. One that i think would be misserved by simply relegating it to a few lines of lyrical exposition.

There’s the How, also full of potential and there’s the potential for a great story that explains it that would work great as a couple songs in a song cycle.

And then there’s our cast and what happens next. So at the moment i’m fiddling with the idea of 3 song cycles. I’m also fiddling with the name Madeleine Magpie And The Secret Of The Cyberpunk Burlesque Show, but that is ridiculous of course and i imagine i’ll decide on something better. And without Madeleine Magpie, although i actually see this story there.  And it’s interesting. And odd. And oddly fits, but it’s ridiculous of course and surely you all trust me to not follow some utterly ridiculous concept to some insane great length. Right? Right?! Hmmmmmm…….

And oh yeah, UNCLE RAVEN’S SUPER HAPPY FUNTIME CARNIVAL IS OUT NOW. CHECK IT OUT HERE, because, there it is. Although i must say, the response has been FREAKING AMAZING. Like… holy shitballs i love you all. I LOOOOOOVE you. Like the Floozies love Raven. (And yes, you bet your ass i am going to tell a backstory on that one one day not so far off. In song of course. There WILL be a Floozy song.) But thank you. You do not know what all that online response and sales and posts and Tumblr stuff means to me.

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7 responses to “Oh Look! An Old Recently Unearthed Photo Of Raven And Lloyd.

  1. Dudley

    July 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I feel the relationship of the Floozies and Raven is similar to the relationship of Harley Quinn and Joker. Just the way they sound.

     
    • paulms

      July 12, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Yeah, the same thing kept occurring to me as i was making it. I could have changed to be less so, but i liked it too much.

       
  2. Jay

    July 13, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Hmm… I’m getting a hunch from this post that act 3 may be a bit… lengthier than the first two. Going back to double-album length perhaps? If there’s Helen, Han-Mi, Henry, Shira, and Raven (possibly? Not as certain that he’ll necessarily be back, though I certainly hope so)… well, that’s a pretty big cast already, and I’d suspect that there will be some new faces as well. Even as it is, the Carnival seemed a bit tight on space for the four “H”s… I can’t begin to imagine trying to fit more stuff into a standard-length release while also (hopefully!) answering some of the questions which have been accumulating.

    Love the drawings of Lloyd and Raven! Though I must say, Lloyd looks a touch younger than I expected. Hard to picture this fellow having the sinister quality to his voice that “We’ll do it your way…” carries. Might this showing of Lloyd be from sometime before the DO? From before he and Raven–sorry, David Adams–had their falling out? The possibilities of that entire backstory are intriguing (and, for the record, I’ll amend my suggestions for “things that it would be cool to see in an ‘Assorted Stories from New Albion’ album” to include a tale of these two!)

    And Raven is simply fantastic. I imagine, back in the days of The Fallen, that he’d be wearing rather brighter colors, and not hiding his face… but this showing is perfect for the decaying carnival we find in the new album. His attire is at once ostentatious and solemn, a perfect reflection of the duality of his persona.

    But back to act 3… “Madeleine Magpie And The Secret Of The Cyberpunk Burlesque Show” is certainly an intriguing working title (and perhaps provides a clue as to what sort of timeframe Shira is living in).

    In any case, I’ve been listening to act 2 *constantly* since it was released, and I’m enjoying it more every listen. “Tour Our Grounds”, “See Our Show”, and “Hello AI” are definitely the strongest points to me, but others are gaining ground as I gain familiarity with them. The effort and emotion that went into this album really shows; and while we’re all out here simply tuning in to Shira’s broadcast, I sincerely hope that creating this work of art has provided some release for you as well.

    Thank you again for all this great music.

     
  3. Jane

    July 13, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Hey, could you post a link to someplace we’ll be able to find more of her art? It’s absolutely wonderful.

     
  4. Adam

    July 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I had a theory that Lloyd was the Gambler (or a reincarnation of him) from the Origin of New Albion, and that the Narrator was the Monk, however I’m now kinda thinking that Raven is.

     
  5. Vadvivon

    July 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    The ballad of lost hollows certainly linked with the New Albion series a lot more than I thought it would. And I’m pretty excited to hear what happens next.

     

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