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The Early Works Series

07 Aug

Caravan Paul Shapera

I am warning you ahead of time, a lot of this is rough and you should pause before considering buying it (although each is only a dollar). I would have lived out my life without releasing my early works, however the fan server has been bugging me for a bloody year to release this stuff. So if people actually enjoy it, okay. Young me would have been thrilled. Older me is a bit perplexed and apprehensive, but a.) if folks want it they can have it , b.) it can be interesting to hear an artist’s steps from early years to their more mature works, and c.) as i’ve also said on the server, for fans who are young and struggle with being rough around the edges, we were ALL rough around the edges. If hearing my youthful rough edges helps you make piece with yours and keep going, then my duty demands it.

Early Works on Bandcamp. (Scroll to bottom)

The early works series is 3 to 4 albums from my younger days. Two of them, Justacorp and Caravan contain Raven and are part of a three album “Adams Arc”, that is David Adams transformation into Raven. (Yes, Raven is a very old character i have been playing about with since the beginning of my music making.) Justacorp is VERY old. It was made with my high school music partner Jeff Miller when we were 19. It was the culmination of our adolescent partnership and the last album we made before drifting our separate ways. Jeff currently plays with the band New Monsoon, who you should definitely check out. Holy crud were we young when we made this. I am sharing this at the behest of others, even though i think they’re nuts to suggest sharing this one. Just keep in mind two little 19 year olds railing against THE MAN! Yeah!

The second Adams Arc album is Shadows & Flames which is already on Bandcamp at the request of my late friend Shaun Rolly.

The third installment is Caravan. Raven, now officially Raven, MCs it, and with a little bit of retconning the official take is that it’s an old show he and Lloyd ran during the 2nd Playhouse in order to experiment with flowering a post human. It was only successful one time, when it flowered a young woman named Kate who would go on to become the Narrator of Dolls. No, it does not feature Kayleigh, it actually has young, little Paul pitch bending his vocals up to designate a female. I’m telling you, some of this stuff is rough. However many in the fanbase insist they love it and that others will too.

The final album has no New Albion correlation, although you’re welcome to fit it in however you wish. It is, of all things, a hip hop album i did YEARS ago with group of MCs i was hanging out with. I do not rap on it (thank the gods), i do the audio, they do the rapping. I just found this on at my mom’s place when i was visiting, and frankly, it’s not half bad.

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6 Comments

Posted by on August 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

6 responses to “The Early Works Series

  1. Phoenix

    August 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    HALLELUIAH THEY’RE FINALLY HERE!!

    Seriously, Caravan is the BEST!!!!

     
  2. J

    August 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Sweet! Looking forward to listening to them. I don’t tend to use Discord-type stuff so I’ve been sad to be missing out. Here’s hoping that that demo version of *The Fallen* makes it onto Bandcamp at some point as well… that remains perhaps my favorite album of yours, and it would be interesting to hear how it evolved.

     
    • paulms

      August 7, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      J, you’ve been with me long enough… if you send me your email i’ll send you both of the previous Fallen versions. There’s an early and a mid one (the one used for the performance). Email me at paulms@gmail.com

       
      • J

        August 7, 2018 at 8:14 pm

        That would be wonderful! Thanks, I’ve sent you an email.

         
  3. Quinn Buckland

    August 8, 2018 at 6:41 am

    This is just what I needed to pull me out of my writer’s block. Thank you for this, even your early work amazes.

     
  4. JeroenEch

    August 12, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    So, here I was thinking the rap album was gonna be unconnected to the rest of the Shapera-verse. But oh no, it contains lyrics from the fallen. So now I have to re-listen it 5 times to understand all the lyrics, and probably figure out The1Shanti is Raven or something.

     

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