Geoff Rickly has released his second mixtapeÂ Darker MatterÂ over on his Bandcamp page. Â It’s available on a pay-what-you-want basis. Geoff posted a blog about the mixtape as well, which you can read below. It includes his west coast tour dates with Vinnie Caruana (I Am the Avalanche, The Movielife).
Today Iâ€™m putting up my second release,Â Darker Matter//Mixtape 2, for free download. Â I put it up for you all with gratitude. Â Not only am I grateful for your continued support all these years, Iâ€™m grateful to be alive.
Itâ€™s been widely publicized that I was recently robbed at gunpoint. Â You can see stories on itÂ here,Â hereÂ andÂ here(nice awkward walking shots for the camera, Geoff). Â So many of you helped me out with a few dollars where you could. Â Some of you were far too kind. Â Thank you.
This isnâ€™t why Iâ€™m so thankful to be alive, though. Â Less widely known, is that this has been the most unbelievably difficult year of my life. Â My health has been in question, my outlook has been bleak and my heart has been a broken city. Â Iâ€™ve stayed busy touring, meeting people, playing musicâ€¦ But, even then, I feel,Â â€™I am carried in my shadow like a violin in its black case,â€ as Tomas Transtromer said.
The steady support and devotion of my friends, family, and bandmates, has kept me going: trying to place one day simply in front of the next.
This is my record of that time. Â It is difficult. Â And different from anything Iâ€™ve done before. Â Iâ€™m so grateful to still make music on my own terms, anyway that I wantâ€¦ even as I miss my old bandmates more than I can express.
So, yes, this release is free. Â If youâ€™d like to pay for it, I will gladly except the help in replacing some of what I recently lost. Â Either way, if you are excited aboutcontinued free music, please check out theÂ All Ages Movement Project. Â Because DIY, community-based scenes will always be the lifeâ€™s blood of music AMP a great resource for it.
As I release this â€œmixtapeâ€, Iâ€™m packing up to leave for a West Coast tour with my true friend Vinnie Caruana, whom Iâ€™ve toured with since the early days of The Movielife and Thursday. Â Come see us. Â Have a drink. Â Share a story. Â The shows are going to be very small and intimate and weâ€™ll even be closing every night with a bunch of old songs together.