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Exit Theory EP

by Clyde Machine

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This record is not like the usual records I've made, where the songs are all made with the intention of being included in a collection together. Rather, each of the songs you hear in this EP were created separately with no plans for releasing them in the usual record format. They were either created to be released as individual songs, or they were created with no intention of "releasing" them. The reasoning behind this is that each song was made from a creative need stemming from the changing of the seasons, specifically from the warm summer months to the colder fall and winter months. Every year, I start making a lot of music when the leaves start turning and the cold sets in, but the music I make is often a very chill or very experimental sound - wildly different from the established hardcore Clyde Machine sound that I've worked on for years. Since these songs are so different from my established sound, they were always looked at as music I'll listen to for my own interests, but not for putting out under my artist alias.

Because so many of these songs have been made over the years, it only seemed right that a cross-section of them be released as a unified collection, linked together not by similar sound, but linked together by the means in which they came about. As you listen to the record, you can imagine the first songs of the record to be heard when fall is underway and the leaves are falling; reaching toward the end of the record you'll find the sounds growing more cold and distant to indicate the transition into the winter months.


The title "Exit Theory" is touching on an idea that occurred to me some years ago, that the most profound times of a lifecycle of anything, be it a person or a project or a business or musical group, seem to be when they are ending. That is, there is less attention given to something being born as when it passes. While this may not be true in all cases, I've found it profound in a way, even empowering, since it can be taken to mean that everything we do builds up to that most prominent moment, when all your accomplishments and ambitions are measured and presented. No one knows you when you're born, what you'll do, etc. But, they'll recognize what you do as time progresses. Since the songs included on this record have always come about near to the end of a year, and often following very busy times in my life, the title is lending itself to these songs being linked by that same vibe of having been produced in the mindset of approaching the end of each year.

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released December 7, 2018

Cover art by Valency Graphics

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