released October 12, 2018
'Hypomanic Carnival' is my self-produced (slightly embellished) autobiographical tale of battles with mental health at a young age. I've always expressed myself artistically, particularly with my words. Even then though, so much of this stuff was wayyyy too heavy for me to try to approach writing about, let alone sharing with anyone. It took years & years & years to accept my past & where I've come from & build up the ability to flip it into art (that I'm proud of, especially). It's carthatic. It's an incredible weight off my back. For reals. So, in a sense to pay honest homage to my bipolar disorder: the album is two-sided. :) The first side is prettty raw - I'm brutally honest about my adolescence with my lyrics. The second half of the album is purely instrumental, shifting genres altogether into, I dunno, like, some sort of experimental electro something or other - kinda hard to describe.
That said, a crucial reminder to all:
Every day, art saves me. Music saves me. Words save me. Because art matters. YOU MATTER. We all (*are*) matter. Nobody's alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I love you. You ARE loved. There's help. (Help exists in many many forms!) Reach out. Express yourself. Be your damn proud weird self. Eff the haters. Seriously.
Infinite love & thanks to my beautiful wife Liz Anaya Sheils for her practically unbelievable patience in this process. Not only that, of course, but she absolutely kills it on the intro, interlude, & outro violin dopeness. Seriously this album wouldn't exist if not for her love, support, & encouragement. I probably would have given up a long time ago. I love you so much, Elizabeth.
Plus (in purely alphabetical/equally awesome order) Allyson Bufano, Alexander Miller, Henry Smola, Erik Spooner (AKA e.p.s.), the entire Sheils & Anaya family, & a number of other beautiful humans - for putting up with countless mixes & always offering up invaluable feedback, helping shape the album into what it is. Couldn't do it without yall.
So much love.
Lyrics & music written, recorded, produced, mixed, & mastered by Scatterboxx.
Additional violin intro, interlude, & outro by Liz Anaya Sheils.
Cover & tracklisting artwork by Alexander Miller.
"Bad Fetish" music video by Kyle Matthew (UpStanding Films). Check his channel out here: youtube.com/channel/UCFJjM6rrht1FD7f4MovTx5g
Watch the Bad Fetish video on YouTube: youtu.be/pKVIDBkLqHw
Bonus items included in the download:
-Full album's lyrics in PDF format
-Official album cover (by Alexander Miller)
-Official tracklisting image (by Alexander Miller)
-"Bad Fetish" music video in .mov format (by Kyle Matthew)
-"Side FX" single cover
-"Bad Fetish" single cover
-"Pills & Spilt Milk" single cover
Distributed by Four Finger Distro & Redeye Worldwide.