Last month, Misha Mansoor — the virtuosic guitarist and founder of djent leaders Periphery — announced that he would be releasing not one, not two but 10 albums from his solo project Bulb over the course of 2020. For those not in the know, Mansoor has been making music long before the group for which he is famous, and pre-Periphery, he earned a cult following in guitar circles under the online moniker Bulb as he would share demos and playthroughs via fan forums. Bulb has since become a catch-all nickname for Mansoor’s solo work. In June he released the first two of the Bulb collections, Archives: Volume 8 on June 12th and Archives: Volume 7 on June 26th, and today (July 6th), he added another piece to the project’s extensive catalog, a new, hour-and-a-half-long composition called “Red Water.” Stream it below via YouTube.
“Diving back into the Bulb archives is something that I’ve wanted to do for years” Mansoor said of releasing his pre-Periphery recordings when he announced the 10-album series back in early June. “As I began working on what will be a new Bulb album, I was reminded of this vast library of unreleased music, music that has only been previously available by seeking out bits and pieces on various forums and media channels. Presenting it in a context that both echoes my original intent with the songs grouped from the time period they were recorded in as well as making it easier for fans to find and enjoy was the driving motivation behind completing this massive undertaking.”
Released via Periphery’s own label, 3DOT Recordings, the LPs are being dropped bi-weekly in reverse-chronological order with the most recent of the Bulb archival material dropping first, leading back to the final album, a set of the project’s earliest music, Archives: Volume 1. See the remaining release schedule for the Bulb collection below.
Bulb archive release schedule:
Archives: Volume 6 July 10
Archives: Volume 5 July 24
Orchestral August 7
Archives: Volume 4 August 21
Archives: Volume 3 September 4
Archives: Volume 2 September 18
Archives: Volume 1 October 2
Electronic October 16