A rare two weeks at home (with a couple of trips, cant help it) before I leave for Kansas via Iceland and Boston for more writing. Writing and album two release planning while I’m home. A Bunch of reductions on vinyl, CD and bundles in the store right now – shop now here
Since first going with LostAlone Berlin has been one of my favourite cities to visit and especially to write in. I wrote a lot of Exit Brain Left and a a few songs from my forthcoming second solo record within the city. This week I was again in the city but along with my friend Chris, we went to write songs for his band Hightown Parade. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed showing the place I know so well to Chris who’d never been – he’s now a big fan of the city! We wrote some great songs which he will now work on with his band. It was also great to see long time supporter of my music Matheo who kindly lent us a guitar. He’s been following since he fist saw LostAlone with Enter Shikari back in 2006 and was at my first solo show in London – thanks for the support!
Back home now for a couple of weeks before flying out to the US for more writing! All the while release plans for new record are taking shape.
EP stands for Extended play so I guess this is an Extended play Extended Player! I always have people asking me for the instrumentals so I’ve added them here as well as the song Duplicate The Magical Mute which previously only appeared on the very limited CD version of the EP. All your streaming needs are here
Sat at the airport after a fantastic week writing in Belfast. Filled every day with activities to stimulate the melodies and then all night demoing up the days catch. Highlights over the past two days were the Titanic museum and the Game Of Thrones tapestry. Time to return home and get on with the releasing of new music.
Spent the yesterday travelling around various locations, dreaming up new music and generally being inspired. Just spent all night back in my studio set up here in Belfast demoing the songs I’d been imagining during the day.
Giants Causeway BLEW MY MIND! Its an incredible place to visit. I also went to various Game Of Thrones locations which as a fan of the show was so cool to see, The Dark Hedges were really cool and inspiring.
More travel and writing today, hoping to go to the Titanic museum and explain to them that the Titanic never sank, it was its sister ship – The Olympic….. look it up, its fascinating.
I’m in that strange middling period of time which occurs directly after finishing a record and yet before you can really do anything with it. So in that spirit I’ve done the only thing I know…. WRITE MORE and WRITE MORE WHILE TRAVELING!
Next stop is mastering the record. I love setting the track listing out and making the choices about how songs flow in and out of each other. The flow of a record is something that I’ve always cared deeply about and why listening to my music in the context of the full record is in my opinion the optimum listening experience. In the meantime I’ve to plan exactly how I want to put this record out and what I shall do around it.
My live band is up and running now, learning the new songs and refreshing how we approach the songs from Exit Brain Left and my EP
Special mention to the breathtaking Susanne Sundfør show I saw at the Barbican, took my breath away! If you’ve not listened to her may I recommend her new record “music for people in trouble” and also the record that got me into her “Ten Love Songs” I’m going to listen to the new Chvrches record now and then write some more songs.
I’m either always here or never here, right now I’m always here but soon Ill be everywhere. LOVE my studio room in my very own house. It’s not really a studio like “professionals” would have – I’ve always been a writer rather than a studio engineer. However I have all I need now to realise my songs and in fact…a huge percentage of my new record was made right here myself before my trip to New York where myself and Dan Weller put together the final pieces. We also returned here to do the mix which had a certain symmetry about it. Small break in mixing right now while Dan is in Australia with his band and I’m in live rehearsals with may band! Its great getting these new songs together with the band, four songs been worked up so far.
Back into mixing my second solo record, something so cool about mixing at home. I’ve been around the world and back with these songs and they feel both more guitar driven yet more experimental than anything I’ve done before, even though I’ve not tried to experiment – if that makes sense. I guess its just my natural evolution. I definitely feel that after the trilogy of LA records I felt I’d taken rock to the limits of what I wanted to do with it and then Exit Brain Left was my total prog pop trip which I’m so proud of taking. This new set of songs feels like a combination of everything thats come before with some additional craziness.
Something thats been great this time around is that I’ve been rehearsing the songs with my live band between recording and mixing and so the live band feel has really helped shape my mixing mind.
Again I’ve played and sang everything on this record which feels fantastic! Actually I had some gang vocal help on one song and myself and my friend Brook attended a drum circle in Woodstock which we sampled so thats not just me!
I’ll write a lot more about this when Im sitting listening to the final mastered recordings. For now just know that I’m excited!