Planning isn’t always a necessary stage of the artistic process but it’s important for an artist to have some sort of strategy when releasing their work to the public. It can be easy to get swept up in the planning stage and stay in there like it’s some sort of creative purgatory; the ideas swirl around so fast that you don’t know where to begin. In these instances, an artist might have take a leap of faith and if all else fails, build their wings on the way down, hoping to achieve flight before crash-landing. IAME, prolific Northwest emcee and representative of the Sandpeople and Oldominion crews, has been doing just that since releasing his Winter Worn EP under the name Wool See in December. Wool See is IAME’s one-man-band, meaning he produces and writes all of the music/lyrics and performs all of the vocals. While IAME’s previous solo releases were much more collaborative and relied heavily on outside producers, musicians, and vocalists, Wool See embraces the DIY spirit to the fullest; the results aren’t intended to be better, just different.
As for a plan, it’s been born out of spontaneity. Following the seasonal theme of the Winter Worn EP, Wool See released Homie Garden in April, a full-length album inspired by the growth that begins in Spring. Both projects were created in the same season they were released. The plan is now cemented; Wool See will carry the seasonal approach through Summer and Fall, meaning there will be a total of 4 releases in under a year when it’s all said and done. Some would argue that this is too much content and they might be right. But let us not forget, YOLO.
Shed is the Summer offering – 17 tracks that embody an unseasonably warm stretch of Northwest weather endured by a rapper with the fairest of skin. The album is free on bandcamp and is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital retailers. However you choose to obtain, it Wool See thanks you and loves you.
- 1Summer Snapshots (No Selfie Stick)
- 3Hot E Yetten Beat
- 4Hospitable Trolling
- 6Windmilly Uprocky Beat
- 8Thanks A Million
- 9Had To
- 11Pine Over You
- 12I Don't Even Know (And Other Freestyle Fallbacks)
- 13Inswarmnia Beat
- 14The Cauldron
- 16Lazy Mostly Beat
- 17Temp Going Up