Highway of the Lost and Found
|Highway of the Lost and Found [[Image:|right|200px|thumbnail|Highway of the Lost and Found]]|
|Studio album by Forrest Jameson|
|Recorded||October 2010 - ??? at The 'Rail|
|Label||Forty Psychic Records|
|Singles from Highway of the Lost and Found|
Highway of the Lost and Found is the upcoming first solo album by Forrest Jameson. The idea for the album was first formulated in the summer of 2008 while Jameson was knocking back PBR's with Wyatt Furtherton at The Goat. After a lengthy hiatus from the hip hop world following the cancellation of his solo album, The Show in 2006, Jameson was looking to reignite the project under a new name and concept. Jameson recorded/produced "Shallow Grave" at his old studio, The 'Rail, and is making the rest of the album at his New Unnamed Studio. He plans to release it independently through Forty Psychic Records sometime in the first half of 2013.
Jameson is collaborating with other members of the Frames on the album. "I've definitely got to include the rest of the crew," Jameson said. "I'm gonna be narrating a story on this album. The concept is that I'm embarking on a journey down a secluded, forgotten desert road. The songs will document the trip and the stops I make along the way. The rest of the Frames will drop in every now and then to accompany me on my trek. It will end with a direct tie-in to my next solo album, which will continue the story of my travels. I want the world of the album to seem sort of surreal...otherworldly. To have a hint of darkness to it. Think Carnivàle or The Dark Tower."
He hinted in 2008 at possibly re-recording the tracks "Ready to Fight" and "Living to Die" (both from The Show sessions) and including them on the album. "I've got the master recordings," Jameson told Xander Phoenix from Underground Vibes Magazine. "I'd have to move things around a little bit, but I might keep those two tracks. Emphasis on the word might. It'd be refreshing working on them without that douche Gary Ross breathing down my neck." Jameson later announced that he will be scrapping the two songs and the album will be composed of entirely new tracks.
Fo-Jay's Progress Blog
~Updates from Forrest Jameson regarding the production and status of Highway of the Lost and Found~
- (September 29, 2010)
I'm 99% sure I'll just let go of "Ready to Fight" and "Living to Die". It doesn't make much sense for me to include those songs on the new album. I made them back in what...2005? 2006? They'd stick out like sore thumbs compared to the other tracks. I've decided I'll be creating all of the beats myself. Time for a fresh start, beginning now. Full steam ahead from here on out...
- (October 6, 2010)
I've been working in FL Studio alot lately. I've completed one beat and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. I've got a feeling I'll be able to twist up my flow nicely when rapping my verses to it. There's an instrumental part in the beginning, which leads into the beat. Possible first track? I could have DJ D recite a spoken-word monologue over the instrumental to kick the album off. We'll see. I'm working on a second beat now and it's coming together well so far.
- (October 8, 2010)
Expanding on my previous thought, I've decided that the completed beat will be used for the first song on the album, entitled "TrailBlaze". I've finished writing a monologue for someone (other than myself) to recite over the instrumental intro. It's basically just a free verse poem type of thing that introduces the album. It'll end right before the percussion hits and the first verse of "TrailBlaze" begins. I was thinking I'd get recordings of more than one Frame reading it. Then I could make the monologue shift from person to person, mid-sentence, as it's being read. I'd probably be able to edit something really cool together out of that. I don't know if that would work or not, but I think it's worth a try. I could always just use an individual recording if it doesn't. Anyway...I've also started conceptualizing the "hook" (if you can even call it that). I'm thinking this first song will probably be a solo Forrest track. I'm going to start working on some lyrics over the upcoming 3 day weekend.
- (October 19, 2010)
I've been writing some more for "TrailBlaze", but I've still got a lot of work to do. Man, it's tough writing a pure solo track. Takes a bunch of lyrics to fill it out. I'm getting there, though...slowly but surely. I wanna make it good, so I'm taking my time. Wyatt stopped by yesterday and showed me a few beats he's been working on. He graciously let me claim one of them for the album (thanks again, Wy). Naturally, this will be a Wyatt and Forrest song. We discussed the concept behind the track and began brainstorming some aspects of the production. The concept we came up with inspired me so much that I started writing my first verse last night and additional lyrics have been springing to my mind all morning. I'll have to try them out to the beat when I get back to the studio tonight. In honor of Wy's awesome beat, it's going to be called "Never Again". The title also ties in nicely with the track's concept...which delves even further into the storyline and psyche of the robotic emcee himself, Wyatt Furtherton. I'm very excited about working on this one. Hopefully Wy-man and I can collaborate on it more in the upcoming weeks. I love how the beat has a kind of Unknown Circuitry feel to it. It is going to be badass. Stay tuned.
- (October 23, 2010)
It's past 2:30 a.m. as I'm writing this blog. DJ D stopped by tonight. While he was here, we finished the new beat I had started working on. It's fucking tight. Turns out it's going to be a Forrest/DJ D track, and we discussed the idea behind it. DJ D finished his first verse, I wrote half of my first verse, and we formulated a call-and-answer chorus. The track is going to be called "Shallow Grave". This is going to be crazy. I don't know how much I should divulge here, but there are going to be conceptual tie-ins between "Arise Awake For It Will Be Told", "Shallow Grave", and possibly two Anthony-featured tracks (the one on Highway of the Lost and Found and the other on Heads Up). This is exciting shit! More to come...
- (October 28, 2010)
I've written some more lyrics for "Shallow Grave" and "TrailBlaze". I'm also beginning production on my third beat. The plan is to use it for the Scurvy D/Forrest track. Scurves and I might start working on the song during 'Reclamation Weekend' (only if there's some downtime when nobody else is around, of course). Following the current trend of Highway, it looks like it'll be a pretty concept-heavy album. So considering our penchant for brainstorming storylines, I'm sure Scurves and I will be able to formulate something pretty bitchin for the track. We shall see!
Note to self: I need to get a recording next weekend of Scurvy D reciting the spoken word intro for "TrailBlaze". It'd be good to get that out of the way while he's in town.
- (December 16, 2010)
Yeah, I know...it's been a while.
So "Shallow Grave" is completed writing-wise and believe me when I say that the lyrics are bangin. I really feel like DJ D and I pushed ourselves on this one and it shows. I've been obsessing over getting some new equipment before we record it though (i.e. a new sound card). Something nice that I can plug my Beta 58A directly into without an adapter. It currently sounds like crap if I try to record through my computer (probably because it's plugging into the damn motherboard onboard audio). The Olympus, while handy, is really treble-heavy when it comes to recording vocals. I know I'm just being a perfectionist, but I really want to get the best vocal quality that I can going forward. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. More later...
- (April 11, 2011)
Been a while again, hasn't it?
"Shallow Grave" has finally been released! DJ D dropped by yesterday and we knocked it out after finalizing the song's ending. D and I had delayed the recording because we were entertaining the idea of fitting in another verse for each of us. But I'm glad we stuck with the 3 verse/3 chorus formula and just made an extended outro. I think the song is tighter because of it.
Next up, record "TrailBlaze", finish "Never Again" with Wyatt, and continue making beats. I gots to come up with a beat that's bumpin enough for an Anthony/Forrest track! Scurves said he'd like to drop by for a weekend pretty soon, so I need to at least get a beat finalized for that. It would be the perfect time to start working on the Scurvy D/Forrest track!
- (April 14, 2011)
Don't know if ya'll have heard of Grind Time Now or not. It's a rap battle league that I've been watching on Youtube for a while now. Pretty entertaining stuff. Anyway, I saw they had a forum for posting your songs/beats on their site, so I said "what the hell" and posted up "Shallow Grave". A little feedback can't hurt too much, right? Hopefully the responses won't be too scathing, if I get any at all. I figure I'll hang around the online community every now and then. If anything, at least it'll get 40PF's name out there.
In other news, Scurvy D is coming over to chill this weekend. Said he's itching to work on pretty much anything, so hopefully we'll be able to make some progress on the Forrest/Scurves track. I'm going to tinker around in FL Studio tonight and see if any worthwhile beats develop.
- (June 23, 2011)
After close to 24 combined hours of tedious and painstaking work, the music video for "Shallow Grave" has finally been released on our Youtube channel. Having to type, lay out, line up, and animate that many rapid-fire lyrics ended up being much more of an ordeal than I initially thought it would be. And listening to choppy, slow-mo audio while trying to match up seemingly impossible amounts of text can really start to drive you insane. But on the positive side, I'm fairly pleased with the results. In other news, I've been having compatibility issues with old programs on my new 64-bit OS, so I'm not sure if FL Studio is going to work right or not (or Adobe Audition, for that matter). I will have to test it out soon. The random computer restarts and lockups aren't helping my enthusiasm though. So fucking annoying...this thing was supposed to be fixed. Anyway, Wyatt and I want to get to work on finishing "Never Again" soon. It's gonna be an intense track, and even more fast-paced than "Shallow Grave". Maybe we can get some rhyme writing done tonight, along with more footage for Amnesia playthrough videos.
- (March 9, 2012)
Nothing like not posting in forever, huh? Focusing on our Youtube channel has definitely taken up a lot of time. Good thing is that I have gone back to working on "TrailBlaze" and have about 70% of the song complete. Also, Scurvy D and I have fleshed out quite a good bit of the concept behind the album and how each track is going to flow into the next story-wise. Keep an ear out for "TrailBlaze" fairly soon!
- (August 29, 2012)
Been a while, I know. I've been busy busy with working on the new 40PF double LP (dropping in 3/13), Youtube, and starting a science fiction novel (more on that later). HOWEVER! "TrailBlaze" is recorded and I'm currently mixing it. Keep an eye out cause here it comes! I've been considering making a music video for it, with the lyrics flashing across the screen like with the "Shallow Grave" video.
- (September 1, 2012)
"TrailBlaze" is finally done! Check it out at my Soundcloud. Next up, probably "Never Again" with Wyatt. Anthony and I are gonna talk next week about the Fo-Jay/Ant track and get some brainstorming done.