Dec 10 2012

Foreground Music Vol. I Out Now!

Ladies and gentlemen…. Our new trio record Foreground Music, Vol. I is out today!!

Featuring Jez Carr on piano, Mike Haughton on soprano and tenor saxophones and myself on upright bass this is the culmination of our work together so far as a trio. The eight track album is available right now via Bandcamp in all it’s 24-bit glory in whatever format you prefer.

We are all very excited for you to hear the album. We’re looking to put on some live shows sometime in the new year with a view to recording more material.

Here’s a handy little player from Bandcamp so you can stream the album:

We really hope you like it. If you do, please help spread the word. With no record company or promoters we are relying on you, dear listeners, to help let the world know about our music. You can click the Like button on the Bandcamp page and post the player to your Facebook profiles. You can click the Tweet button and tell all your Twitter followers about us. You can even share the Bandcamp player on your websites and blogs so that others can hear our music.

Any music bloggers or websites that are interested in featuring or reviewing the album, please get in touch either via the comments below or the Contact form.

We’ll keep you informed of any news regarding the album here and via Twitter and Facebook. We’ve already had a few enquiries from radio so hopefully you’ll be hearing us on the airwaves rather soon.

Until then.


Dec 4 2012

New Project With Jez Carr & Mike Haughton

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or my Facebook page will no doubt be aware of the new trio project I’m currently working on. I’m really pleased with the music we’ve come up with and thought it was about time I posted about it here.

A few months ago I played a little gig with pianist Jez Carr and saxophonist Mike Haughton. This was the first time we’d played together as a trio; In fact it was the first time Mike and I had even met. Even though it was a straight ahead jazz function gig, we quickly established (in the brief soundcheck!) that the three of us worked well together and clearly shared a similar musical vocabulary. Literally the minute we’d set up our equipment Mike started playing and Jez and I joined in. What followed was an extended free improvisation that said far more than anything we could have planned. The three of us knew immediately that this was something we’d like to explore again.

A few weeks ago we finally got together at Mike’s house and recorded everything we played. We didn’t discuss what we were going to play or even particularly what sound we were going for. I took a whole brace of basses with me, plus my trusty Pod X3 Pro and Looperlative LP1. In the end I played the entire session on the Triumph upright bass. Mike played mostly soprano saxophone with a little tenor.

We recorded over 140 minutes of freely improvised music that day. Jez has been beavering away mixing the eleven tracks and we are currently deciding how we’re going to whittle this down into a potential album release. We’re all really excited about this project and are keen to get the material out so watch this space for further news. If you’re a fan of my solo stuff, you’re gonna love this. There may well be a release imminent folks.

Until then…


Apr 24 2012

New Solo Acoustic Album [un]plugged Out Now!!!

Hello folks,

It’s that time of the year again. The time of year when I release another solo album. But this one is different. This one is acoustic. My third solo album [un]plugged is officially out now and available for download right here.

Well, I say acoustic. As the title suggests it’s not entirely acoustic in the traditional sense. The entire record was made using my new Breedlove acoustic bass and my usual live-looping setup. This time I’ve used minimal effects from the Pod X3 Pro and Lexicon MPX G2, concentrating on bringing out the natural sound of the instrument. I’ve been blogging about the writing/recording process quite a bit, so hopefully you’re all familiar with how I came to record an acoustic record after my previous offerings. This album is quite different.

I mastered the album yesterday with Steve Alexander (the other half of Little Alex). The ceremonial naming of the tunes ritual was performed last week, with a couple of interesting results. The final track listing is as follows:

  1. frostbite
  2. into the out
  3. lie down & be counted
  4. repetition is a form of change
  5. sigismund
  6. kalimba
  7. breathe
  8. the avant gardener
  9. midas’ barber

And just like The Knowledge of Things To Come and the Rejectamenta EP the music here is presented in glorious 24-bit better-than-CD quality for your listening pleasure. You can stream the whole album right here if you fancy…

If you like the album, please click the ‘Like’ button on the Bandcamp page (the music tab above will magically transport you there), tweet about it and share the player on your Facebook profiles, blogs etc. This will be such a big help in spreading the word. And you’ll know who amongst your friends will like this music much better than I will…

I really hope you all enjoy this record. If you’re a music blogger and want to write a review then let let me know and I’ll send you a copy. Every little helps.

I look forward to hearing what you think…

Simon x