Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
„A Long Way Home“ is the first full-length album of Forgotten Pathways. It features about an hour of really intense, dark music, split into 10 tracks, covering the subject of old and mostly German fairy tales, ranging back to the Middle Ages. Some songs deal with a certain tale, while others are evoking more general sceneries.
All is composed in a complex orchestral style, hypnotic and mesmerizing. I'm really content with the final release, it is totally what I imagined before, or even more – there are no „filler tracks“, and as every song in itself evolves and develops, it's very entertaining as well as unique; I think there's no other music project or bands that sounds similarly.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Myself, I call the music of Forgotten Pathways „Medieval Ambient“, while in the meantime the genre term „Dungeon Synth“ emerged. There are a few bands and projects one could compare the music with, but I think it's quite unique. Think of Burzums Ambient tracks, of old Mortiis, of Summoning, Dead Can Dance and the „Conan The Barbarian“ Soundtrack. This should be an approximate of Forgotten Pathways' style. Also, there are influences of NeoFolk and Classical/Romantical music.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
The album was wholly recorded in my own home-dungeon, heh. Most of the music is sample-based, but I also recorded some authentic instruments, including electric guitar, mandoline and dulcimer, and different percussions. Also, the sound effects and vocal recordings are all self-recorded. Working on the album took a whole year (with breaks inbetween, of course). This mix of orchestral samples and „real“ instruments leads to a very organic, yet dreamlike soundtrack.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
There is definitely a link between the artwork and the music – but I can't say anything about lyrics as there aren't any on „A Long Way Home“. All of the artwork is selfmade – I transformed woodcuts and colorations from the 18th and 19th century into linocuts, the graphical works representing the overall fairytale theme of the album. I then printed these linocuts unto paper and scanned them to assemble the artwork digitally. Where I didn't use the linocut technique, I used my handwriting, so about 99.8 percent of the artwork is indeed handmade. I wanted to achieve a real hand-crafted art-style, similar to how it would've been made in the times the music is set in. Hopefully, this creates a more intense overall feeling, the music and the artwork being both carefully made by hand, instead of the artwork being only pictures taken from some dead artists and put on the front cover, as it is done so often...
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
Interest into my music, of course. Also, a broader interest into the genre of „Medieval Ambient“ or „Dungeon Synth“ as well, which is so far a relatively unknown musical niche, unfit to ever become mainstream due to the lack (mostly) of vocals, guitars, traditional song structures etc. It's easier to think of it as being related to movie or game soundtracks, and what would be really great would be to get a similar recognition, such as the high regard that e.g. some movie soundtracks have earned. My main aim at the moment would be to create something original, unique, not the copy of a copy only degustable for followers of the scene, but a musical project with a wider and self-standing recognition.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
Yes, „A Long Way Home“ is released in 3 different formats. First, there's the digital album, available in hi-res mp3 and FLAC.
Then, there's the factory-pressed CD.
Lastly, it is available on MC as well, and that edition is a limited one: 100 copies only, handlabeled and -numbered, and featuring 2 bonus tracks. A future vinyl release would be awesome, but right now that's simply to expensive for me, as everything is self-financed.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
As with everything, promotion is also all my own works so far. Doing that kind of music, it's quite difficult to promote it – listened to mostly by (Black) Metal heads, it's not Metal itself; for Gothic and Neofolk, it lacks the vocals. And for Dark Ambient, it's to lively and complex. For most other musical genres, it's just to dark and particular. So it's the usual channels: Zines, Webzines, Blogs, social media, YouTube. I'm always eager for feedback and hope to enthrall as many listeners as possible!
Where can we order it from?
So far, the best place to order records and merchandising (yes, there is some!) is the official website www.forgottenpathways.de. Another way is to order at bandcamp: http://forgottenpathways.bandcamp.com, there you'll find the digital album and CD. The limited MC and merchandise items are only available on the official website.