Kamloops musician JP Lancaster is set to release his debut solo album — and those who pre-order the record will get a chance to meet the musician.
Lancaster has a 21-year history in music and has fronted local bands like River City Magic and At Mission Dolores.
He is now set to release Around Town, featuring a few big names from the B.C. indie music scene.
The creation of the album was complicated by the pandemic. Half of it was recorded in the summer of 2020, when restrictions were looser, allowing the whole band to play off of one another in the studio.
The other half of the album saw music passed around electronically, with each artist adding their part.
Each method had its advantages, Lancaster said.
“The ones that are live, we could capture some of that lightning-in-a-bottle moments where you’re playing off each other,” he said.
The digital method allowed for more layering and doubling up of tracks that wouldn’t be possible live off the floor.
Lancaster said he prefers recording together, but said new recording methods pushed him outside of his comfort zone and yielded “some really cool stuff.”
Listeners will get a taste of that stuff this Friday (March 19), when the first single off Around Town is released.
And more is coming, too.
Lancaster said he will be releasing a new track every two weeks until the album is out in early May.
Another unique feature of the album, also necessitated by the pandemic, will be how it is distributed.
Lancaster has devised a novel way to get his music out there and connect with people.
With the album available for pre-order for $20, Lancaster will try to find 100 vinyl enthusiasts in town and will hand deliver his record when the time comes.
“I thought there’s probably a lot of people in Kamloops who like to engage with music in the same way and who might not be people who would go out to shows and buy stuff from your merch table,” he said.
Lancaster said the deliveries will come with a socially distanced outdoor chat about their record collections, if purchasers are interested.
The album also features personnel from some other big B.C. bands, including Yukon Blonde’s Graham Jones, Gleneagle’s Jackson Gardner and City and Colour’s Matt Kelly.
To pre-order, go online to factotumco.ca.