My new homemade album 'Headlights' can be downloaded at my Bandcamp site. It will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc. in the next few months along with remastered versions of 'Satellite' and 'Still'.
There are 11 tracks on 'Headlights' which are mostly 'acoustic rock/pop' - with some country rock elements thrown in. The songs were written in the traditional way (sitting down with an acoustic guitar with a pen and paper) and recorded when finished (as opposed to the practice of recording an idea and building on it bit by bit which is what I am now quite used to).
The very excellent art work is by Becky Todd - when I first saw the 'Midnight Hare', I immediately thought of the lyric 'I'm a hare in the headlights' (as opposed to a rabbit; I liked the alliteration). That lyric became the starting point of the song 'Headlights', (the idea that "searchlights" may disappear - people may forget about you or abandon you, but someone/something will turn up sooner or later - I visualised this as a car coming around the corner in the dark, shining their headlights on you). It encapsulated a quite positive feeling I think that runs through all the songs - and so I thought I'd ask Becky if I could use her art work (fully expecting her to say no). To my surprise she said yes and I am really glad because I think it really sums up the songs and the spirit of the lyrics.
You can see more of Becky's work here: fb.me-Haresbybecky
The songs were recorded between March 2019 and January 2020 with many, many writing and recording hours being put in over this time. I hope you enjoy listening to at least some of the songs - the lyrics I think are purposefully more accessible and quite hopeful. As the last song, 'Long Road Home' says; 'That's all I have to say, drive safe on your way!'.
Hi! Thanks for returning to, or visiting my site for the first time. It's been down for a while and has a new look. Over the last few months I've been recording some new music; 'Still'. It has five songs and six instrumentals and is a close cousin to last year's 'Satellite', although I think 'Still' is a lot more focused, hopeful and refined. Again, it's completely home-made (including mastering (which I feel I got better at this time around)). My wife provides some backing vocals on 'What Goes Around' as well as some percussion. The songs are more traditionally 'rock' (except 'What Goes Around' which is quietly funky) with some experimental elements thrown in and the instrumentals are definitely experimental. Many of the songs feature my Siel Mono synth which I bought in 1987, (basically an Italian copy of the Mini Moog) which has become severely battered over the years - it did throw out some sounds though and I was determined that I would record it before it completely gave up the ghost (the last time I recorded it was in the early 2000's I think). You can listen and buy here.
A little bit unexpectedly, I have a new album called 'Satellite'. Recorded mostly over 2018, it is a lot more experimental and varied that anything that has come before from me. It has 11tracks, 3 of which are instrumentals. After two years of trying to complete 'something'....(and being distracted in the meantime by 'New Town'), I returned to some of the tracks I had been working on with a healthy irreverence and worked very quickly, adding guitar, synth, vocals and so on. Apart from a few vocals from session singers, 'Satellite' is completely homemade, including the mastering and backing vocals on two tracks by my brother.
I felt like doing the kind of music that I wanted to do, not what I thought would be acceptable to others - so if you like it, great, (there's got to be someone, right?!) - and if not, I am unbothered. Give it a spin though if you fancy.