Exit Brain Left 28 track deluxe version!

Out on the 24th November Preorder here 
Part 1.What and why? 

I made EBL in a different way to any record I’d previously recorded. Rather than spending months of demoing and then entering a studio I took my portable studio, guitar and travelled on and off for a year writing songs / recording sounds in the different environments and then weaving them into the tapestry of the songs.
Part 2. They sound ace! 
I often receive requests for usage of my music and usually its the instrumentals that are needed. Recently I gave them a listen and it shocked me how much the stand up as entities of their own,  stripped of all the words, harmonies and me warbling they evoked a huge feeling in me for the exact moment of creation and so many musical parts that I just don’t come through with the vocals all over the top now shine out loud, its really enlightening to hear how much texture went into these songs.
Part 3. DELUXE
Which brings me on to this! As a right sided bookend to this era of my work and in the midst of making my second record I thought it would be nice to release this expanded version featuring the aforementioned instrumentals as a companion piece.
Part 4. A little extra
I’ve also included a few demos of songs that made the record and a couple that didn’t.
ps
You’ll get Violent Voices instrumental as an instant download as soon as you pre order.
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In celebration and bookending the Exit Brain Left era the Vinyl, CD & T-shirts are on sale until Christmas.
CD £5
Vinyl £10
T-Shirt £5

Exit Brain Left Deluxe
28 track expanded digital edition £9.99 

1. Powers of Denial
2. The Jump
3. Steven Battelle
4. A Christmas Cartel
5. Last Night On Earth
6. The Ocean Chorus
7. Police And Thank You
8. Nine Miles Of Light
9. Silent Movie Scream
10. Absent Magic (Part II)
11. Violent Voices
12. I’m Still Finding Out Who I’m Going To Be

13. Powers of Denial – Instrumental
14. The Jump – Instrumental
15. Steven Battelle – Instrumental
16. A Christmas Cartel – Instrumental
17.  Last Night On Earth- Instrumental
18. The Ocean Chorus – Instrumental
19. Police And Thank You – Instrumental
20. Nine Miles Of Light – Instrumental
21. Silent Movie Scream – Instrumental
22. Absent Magic (Part II) – Instrumental
23. Violent Voices – Instrumental
24.  I’m Still Finding Out Who I’m Going To Be – Instrumental

25. Nine Miles Of Light – Demo
26. 9Nine9 – Demo
27. Utopia For truth – Demo
28. The Jump – Demo

No Leopards – Lyrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Leopards – Streaming here or Download with bonus demos here 

No Leopards.
No change no leopards gonna change no spots
I’m moving species
I left behind my comfort
I severed secrets
I’ve surfed electric waves
As my midnight deepened
No change no leopards gonna change no spots
For me to breathe in
I’ve drowned my reasons in the fairy pools of light
I danced with deadly predators
And came back more alive
No change no leopards gonna change no spots
I was the music
I soundtracked my own mind I rewound the good bits
No change no leopards gonna change no spots
I found the reset
You have to gain some trust to feel pain when you lose it
I am the symphony that comforts you at night
I wandered through the world
And now i’ve come back right around
No change no leopards gonna change no spots
I wasn’t moving
I cant believe in something if I cannot prove it
No change no leopards gonna change no spots
I’m just a movie?
I’ve been a valid fiction holding the true story
Reversing fate walk back from August to July
I found my only way and now I’ll never say goodbye
Now I want to
Never gonna fall away
Never gonna fear to say I’m alright
Now I want to, going back to
Never gonna fall away
Never gonna fear to say I’m alright 

Beginning Album 2 x 2

I’ll keep releasing one off songs like No Leopards  but as of my return from Oslo I’m in full album two mode! I’ve written so much new material over these past few months I feel ready to move into the actual early recording stage! I’m putting together all my ideas at home and then really excited to be finishing the record in New York in March.
Did I mention I’m making two records? It’s really given me some freedom to compartmentalise my writing into two clear pieces. One will be fully guitar oriented and the other, the one mentioned above will be the true follow up to Exit Brain Left, whatever genre we can call that!
Here I am right now looking very serious about a guitar part!

 

Writing in Norway.

Took in Weezer and Ash at Wembley before flying out to Norway for some writing. Brilliant to see Weezer headline Wembley after consistently building for over 20 years.  I’ve only ever been out here in Oslo on tour and so the usual quick run around the city to try and see everything was previously my only experience, like Stockholm and Copenhagen though I knew it was my kind of city. I love Scandinavia so much, it feels so mystical to me as well as everyone being super friendly, relaxed and happy!
Its been so nice to immerse myself in this beautiful city and visit, admittedly some of the tourist spots (nothing wrong with that in my opinion) as well as some of the recommended off the beaten track places. I’m working out here on songs that I’ll be recording in the new year in New York, I’m giving myself a long run at these songs to allow them some room to breathe before recording. Recently I’ve recorded the moment after I’ve written the song and while I love this approach its always nice to change things up a little, a little bit of air might really benefit these songs.

 

New Song – No Leopards

Hey friends. I’ve been busy recently making so much new music, I just want to stop by and drop off a little song as a means of a hello while I continue making my next record.
Please enjoy No Leopards by streaming & downloading here
Ps
The version here has two (Berlin Demos) as bonus tracks.

Genre wise I’d describe it as SAFARI-CORE.
I recorded this in a hotel in Berlin, vocals done with Richard Collins at Snug Recording Co. and dispatched to Dan Weller for mixing. 
Please stream, share with other safari-core lovers.
Thanks
Alan Williamson for art.

Mercury Bar, StringAgeddon and songs galore

I had a brilliant time working on one of my songs at the legendary Metropolis studios in London. My Queen fandom peaked walking the halls of the place where much of the final Queen record –Innuendo was made. Between Montreux’s Mountain Studios (a place I know well now!)and Metropolis Freddie Mercury’s final work was completed so for me personally it felt like a real special place to “work”… I still struggle to call writing and recording songs work.

Anyway, the song I finished at Metropolis is a big seven minute epic which I’m making some very specific plans around. Before all that you’ll be hearing a new song called No Leopards, a very different song recorded predominately in and around my Berlin hotel a month or so back.

I’ve spent the past week writing and  planning, being a songwriter and artist seems to involve so many lists and lists about lists especially when I’ve multiple records on the go at once. Whats’s nice at the moment is that 80% of what I’m working on is for me and the other 20% is for other people, a nice balance! One of the things I’ve been working on for another project is a huge classical piece, it’d been sending me crazy, so many parts all intertwined and effecting each other, love it.

I really should think about playing shows!

I made a playlist of my discography! Listen to it here 

More soon

SB

Ps I love the new St Vincent record, you should check it out

 

New VØICES song out now :)

Hey guys, remember I told you about the record I’ve accidentally made and decided to release songs from it under the guise of VØICES due to it being “another of my voices”? Well here is song two! Hope you enjoy, it’s a nice aside to the big riffarama I’m working on at the moment (more on that soon promise) for now please enjoy Oceans.

You can listen to it right here VØICES Oceans

Recording at Chapel Studios

Just had a massively productive and fulfilling week making another EP at Chapel studios. It’s a studio I”ve visited many times and made the odd bit of music but never a full record of my own. It lived up to my expectations and exceeded them. My “work” day would be much like this every day. I’d wake up at 6am and take a walk in the countryside, finalising ideas and polishing lyrics. Then back to the studio for breakfast before embarking on a 10am until 2am day of solid creativity only breaking for the evening meal lovingly created by the amazing owner. I would do a lead vocal every evening no matter the stage the music was at just to ensure that I didn’t end up with four songs to sing in the final days. Once I hit my bedroom Lyrics buzzing around my brain and new counter melodies meant that bedtime was really just a few hours of dozing and writing  but I LOVED every second of it! We’re going directly into mixing now so I’m excited to hear the final finished thing! Oh and for a timeline thing I’ve new music coming BEFORE you hear this music! Brilliant to work again with Dan Weller and our new engineer friend Luke was a brilliant addition!

More to come!

Steven

Writing in Berlin (again)

I had another brilliant and inspirational stay in Berlin. Wandered the city that I’ve come to know so well for a few days and demoed my thoughts back in the hotel. NOW what a hotel! Guitars on room service! I had this really nice Gibson sent up to me and kept it for the duration of my stay. I had my “on the move” recording rig with me to document everything.
Alongside Montreux in Switzerland Berlin is my “go to” destination for guaranteed musical inspiration.
Now I’ve a week at home doing my own version of preproduction (which tends to involve more writing)  before I head out to the middle of nowhere in the English countryside to record in a big studio.