This is currently a work in progress, but it's a good bit of progress ;) This album was inspired by a couple different things: a song I woke up with one morning, accompanied by an image of a giant, flying serpent, a story concept I'd been pondering for a while, and Jon Anderson's Olias of Sunhillow, a neat little fairy-tale in musical form. Musically, it's also heavily influenced by Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte. "Untitled fantasy album" (as I'm having to call it, until I get a title) is my attempt to make an album that tells a story through music, but is also going to include an illustrated print version of the story, since the album itself is instrumental. (I'd rather try to convey a story through music and prose than trust my feeble non-attempts at lyrical songwriting.)
Currently, the musical portion of the album is somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 completed. While I'm not having the over-specification/over-reach problem that I set for myself with The Funnies, the inspiration for this, like most of my projects, comes in fits and starts. Given that I have at least half the album left to write, as well as the story to write and illustrate, I'm nowhere near being able to put a release date on this thing.
I don't really want to divulge the plot here, since that would basically spoil things, but I think I will say that its themes are love, acceptance, and "holy crap apocalyptic monster from the deep." It may also be a distant prequel to the Untitled NES RPG, but we'll see about that.
NOTE: unlike The Funnies, this album is not released under the Creative Commons license. Please do not redistribute or reuse any of this content without express permission from myself. Thank you.
While I don't really want to post too much until the album is complete, I do think I'll share the seed that it grew from. "Flying Serpent" is the song that most of the album coalesced around and a fairly key point in the story. It's not the best example of what the album sounds like, but it's one of the bits that really stands well on its own.