Its been out for a week now , so i’m a bit late coming to my own party to do this writeup.
It originally started out as a 4 track EP. That was the intention anyway , but , as is often the case with me , I just kept adding and adding to it. It quickly turned into a mini-album , and then a fully fledged album. I’m pleased to say its one of my best releases to date , and is full of all manner of my usual jiggerypokery and just experimenting with things , pressing buttons to see what happens , and committing the results to tape ( or in this case , mp3 )
The album is dedicated to the memory of a family friend called Harry McVeigh , who I had a lot of respect for. Before I started making music , I drew pencil portraits and sold them. Harry gave me my first artistic break , and commissioned me to draw 6 portraits of snooker players to hang in His snooker club. The snooker club is no more , but I believe the portraits are still doing the rounds somewhere , but Harry was the first person to have any real faith in my abilities , so when I heard He had passed away , I thought it would be a fitting gesture to dedicate the album to Him , especially as , in some weird kind of synchronicity , there was already a track on the album called “laid to rest” , before I’d heard of His passing.
In any event , I realised I didn’t have what it took to be a real artist. I could draw a perfect portrait , but to me , it wasn’t engaging the imagination enough. It was just copying , so music gave me that opportunity to create something that hadn’t existed before.
A little about the tracks…..
1. Arc Reactor ( Its not often I make a solid 4/4 track , but this was just me seeing if I could make a track that was actually danceable)
2. Break of Dawn ( It starts off slow , poignant , introspective , but as the track progresses it opens up and becomes much brighter. I had in my mind , the phrase ” the night is always darkest just before the dawn ” , so the first half is the darkness , and the 2nd half is the sunrise , or , if you know my beliefs , the SONrise )
3. Cloud City ( experiments in distortion / saturation. This track very nearly didn’t make it to the album , and its probably my least favourite if i’m honest , but , as someone has already kindly put it on youtube , it seems others like it so thats ok )
4. Inner Afro ( Inspired by the kind of music you would have heard in the 70s , like Shaft , Starsky and Hutch etc….and I wanted to make something gritty and dirty , with an obese Moog-style bassline , with a loose and lazy feel to it. I just thought of Huggy Bear truckin’ around with that ghetto blaster on his shoulder. I also had in mind a track by flux pavilion called “superbad” , which gave me the initial inspiration and impetus. )
5. Laid to Rest ( This one is obvious
6. Omega ( My favourite. It was just ok until I added that bassline which just took it somewhere else entirely. I love the interaction between the bassline , the forward motion of the hi-hats and percussion , and the strong direct melody )
7. Ptuh ( 2ndMOUSE theme ) ( This one has been going for a few years. It wasn’t until I put the 2nd mouse soundbites into it that it became the 2ndMOUSE theme , and then it took on a minor anthemic quality when the 5ths melody pounced on my subconscious mind , and became sorta similar , in essence , to “chime” by orbital )
8. remote view ( This started with the desire to make something a bit like daft punks ” da funk ” , with that strong 4/4 backbeat , but once i put that sample in ” I began to float , up and away from my body ” , it took on a life of its own. Im particularly pleased with how the beats turned out )
9. The path of most resistance ( I find that most people choose the path of least resistance , but those people won’t grow. I’ve chosen the path of most resistance , through my beliefs , and expect persecution for what I believe )
10. Walking in my Shoes ( this is the track most have connected with , and its already been played twice on radio. Not quite sure why this one. Thats always the surprising thing about releasing albums. The track people like is never the one you expected. This was originally called “put yourself in your shoes” , because a lot of people don’t take responsibility for their actions , and blame others instead of being honest with themselves. I liked the idea but the title was wrong , and I started thinking about taking responsibility myself , and was gonna call it ” put myself in my shoes” but that didnt sound right either , so , I just changed it to “walking in my shoes”. Its a challenge to myself.
Click here to hear Walking in my shoes
At the time of writing , Communique has been downloaded over 1000 times in just one week. This is all thanks to the canny promotional prowess of Tam Ferrans ( Head Honcho at Section 27 Records ) , and Barry Forbes ( Top Dog at Up Digital ). Without these guys , it would’ve fallen over like that proverbial tree in the forest that made no sound cos there was no-one there to hear it
To download the album , free , click here to download from Section 27
or here , to download it from my bandcamp , where my other albums are also hosted
Thanks for reading