A Genuine Soul is the debut album of the Canadian band hailing from Vancouver: Self Sufficient
It has been a long journey and was recorded. mixed, and mastered by the band in their own home studio.
Envisioned as the catalyst for the ultimate change of consciousness here on Earth, it is a heavily spiritually involved work and though it can certainly be listened to for pure enjoyment, it's intended purpose goes well beyond that if you are willing to take a deep look at the meaning and intent of the album from song to song and as a whole.
It took Thelonius & I (Ryan) 6 years to get to this point, with a lot of ups and downs and sometimes things just came down to pure willpower and staying with it in the journey to see our vision through. Later on, when Robin joined we already had (and this is not an exaggeration) hundreds of songs written and there were quite a few that we felt were never quite fully finished, weren't recorded in the level of quality we wanted, or had some incomplete element, the album was/is so ambitious in scope that we had to narrow it down to 30 tracks and later break it up into 3 parts so we could release it in 10 track increments to get it out there to the public sooner. This was so we could include some of our best previous work, along with the new material we had written with Robin over the past 3 years even leading to some relatively last minute changes on the track listing to get the absolute best tracks on the album.
We did everything ourselves because we wanted to keep our original vision intact without compromise and though it was certainly a learning process, we have come out the other side more aware, knowledgeable, and informed not just as musicians but as human beings. Hopefully, the works contained within this album can help elevate you like it has elevated us. In this world, all the joy, pain, and experiences we deal with on a day to day basis can either define or re-define us depending on our own ability to recognize patterns and our willingness to strive to be the best version of ourselves. To become "A Genuine Soul"
Releasing Part 1 is the end of one smaller journey for us and the doorway into the next much larger journey, we hope to see you all there, where we can learn and grow together. It's our sincere hope that in some way this album can help heal this world, we all have a choice, stand and fight for truth and mighty forces will come to your aid, don't believe it. Know it.
released October 15, 2016
Ryan Robert Pennington: Lyrics, Lead Vocals, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Other Composition Contributions, Album Artwork/Concept/Vision.
Thelonius Fabdul: Lyrics, Vocals, Keys, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Other Composition Contributions.
Robin Borawski: Drums, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals, Other Composition Contributions.
Chewie "Chewiebaka" Yaj: Album Artwork
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered @ Self Sufficient Studios
Lead Producer/Assistant Audio Engineer: Thelonius Fabdul
Assistant Producer/Lead Audio Engineer: Ryan Robert Pennington
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