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
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
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.