Finished up a frantic and inspirational ten days recording my second record in Shokan just next to Woodstock, a really magical environment for making music and I know the spirit of the place is forever imbued within the songs. Spent the past five days exploring NYC. I’ve been here before with the band but very briefly and it was a busy time. Its been amazing to really get to know the city these past few days, really enjoyed doing a mixture of super touristy things and some places recommended by good friends. Also and obviously I’ve been hitting the Home Alone and Ghostbusters sights.
Right now I’m in bed at Laguardia airpot (another Home Alone 2 location!) where today I’ll fly out to Kansas to write some country songs 🙂 After that I’ll return to the U.K and get the record mixed and prepped for release! 🙂
The snow came yesterday and didn’t stop falling for twenty four hours, its incredible to watch the wood outside turn turn from bark to a blanket of white. I couldn’t be happier with this turn of weather events, its turned an already magical location into a fairytale.
Its day two in this beautiful environment in Shokan, New York where I’m making my second solo record. I’ve recorded a lot of the basic backing tracks already and so right now its all about absorbing the surroundings and allowing this place to permeate the songs. I’m out here wth Dan Weller who has now been at the helm for my last few records, including the final LA album and my debut solo record. I highly recommend making a record in a beautiful house on the edge of a forest!
December and January are always my most prolific months, just something about the finality coupled with the birth of a year seems to produce a manic wave of writing within me. These past few weeks have seen the usual acceleration in the amount of songs I’ve written and recorded. On a daily basis I’ve been splitting my brain between three different writing projects and on top of these devoting huge amounts of (mostly night) time to my cherished second solo record. Another month before I headset to New York to put it all together. Who knows what 2018 holds, the only guarantee I can give is I’ll be making and releasing more music.
I was delighted to sit down with my friend Matt Stocks and do a long-form interview with him for his podcast Life In The Stocks. You can hear our conversation on here iTunes or acast We covered many subjects including my first ever real discussion about the end of LostAlone as well as more cheery stuff like my debut solo record and my plans for 2018.
We did the interview just before I flew away to Montreux (as is now my Christmas tradition) where I spent time walking, writing and enjoying the beautiful Christmas market by Lake Geneva while the Alps cast a looming beautiful shadow across the water.
Today I released a record from a long time ago in a a galaxy far far away. Its called Clear Water Paranoia and I wrote it for one of the many bands myself and Mark had before LostAlone. At the time it only came out in Japan and so today finally its available everywhere, streamable and downloadable here now!
I think you can hear the LostAlone sound forming in these songs and although I really don’t like my voice on this record I do like a lot of the songs, especially the lyrics.
I’ve just made my weekly Battelle FM playlist and its a special “favourite songs of 2017” edition! Listen here BATTELLE FM
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. pps 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
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