CEO pushes back “Programmed Response” release to facilitate albums’ ‘classic’ potential
“I Am The Air”, The classic-rock track, and “Farewell 2 My Nation”, the straight-forward political rap tune both made and produced by multi instrumentalist/ multi-genre artist P.N.G., are both getting heavy rotation from several major internet radio hubs in the past two months. WGAD.NET, a well-known purveyor of independent music based in Greece, New York, has been playing both tracks simultaneously as they have been getting frequently requested by local audiences for airplay and have had a constant presence on the Top 40 most requested since December.
ZFM, part of corporate communication mogul ILR Television and Radio Australia, has reportedly been playing both tracks on average of 3 times a day each across several internet and terrestrial radio stations across the South Pacific beginning in January, receiving positive response.
“..Air”, originally released back in September, started showing signs of life when requests for its performance by various internet radio station music directors spiked in November. In response to the sudden interest, KC Shoen, CEO of ShoEnTeL Music, P.N.G.s parent label, decided to release “Nation” to demonstrate the artist’s ability in vacillating between genres, saying “ I thought it necessary to extrapolate that part of the dynamic, by offering ‘Nation’ as a companion piece to ‘Air’, as the tracks are so wildly different from one another. It really plays on (P.N.G.’s) ability to sharply change genre without missing a beat, or sounding pretentious. Not too many artists or bands can move so fluidly in that regard. That’s what P.N.G. is about, and it’s exactly reflective of the labels’ vision of itself musically. The ‘revolution’ is officially on.”
Both singles are currently made available as purchasable downloads through ShoEnTeL Music’s Myspace website, and will be available as a Maxi Single CD release in the coming weeks through iTunes. P.N.G.s follow-up to his 2006 release “The Darkest August” called “Programmed Response”, has been pushed back from its original January release date to sometime in early spring, promises more of the same ‘genre schizophrenia’ than even its predecessor could claim, according to KC, stating “usually the approach to positive response such as this is to rush the album out, but both songs are so high in quality and content I wanted the rest of the CD to be just as strong, and in allowing more time for that to happen will make an already ‘good’ CD a ‘great’ one. And given its multi-genre depth, I wanted to ensure we gave fans something to really sink their teeth into, rather than ‘half-step’, and short change what might be a classic album for all time.”
The Maxi-Single contains an instrumental remix of “Nation”, as well as a radio-edit version of “After Vacant Souls” , a song about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its implications about American culture as a whole. Unlike the ‘Darkest August’ version, it is not ‘blended’ with other songs, and has been re-mastered for better sound quality, according to the label. “Nation” will also not be part of the song line-up of “Programmed Response” and is to remain a ‘B-Side’, only available as a download and part of the released single CD line-up.