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!
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.
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.
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
Ps I love the new St Vincent record, you should check it out
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.
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!
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.
I love this! Perfect for framing, which I’ll be doing myself! Exit Brain Left album A3 art print These are a limited run and I’ll be signing and numbering them all.The size is A3 and on a beautiful heavyweight stock. Buy one here EXIT BRAIN LEFT ART PRINT
Alongside all of my solo releases and writing for others I’ve accidentally written a magical and potentially mythical record under the guise of VØICES. It has a Facebook page where you can hear a clip of the first song which will be out in August. Go and check it out and give it a like here VØICES FACEBOOK