Apr 9 2012

#soloalbum3 Update and Artwork Preview…

Happy Easter everybody!

Just thought I’d drop a quick post here to update you on the progress of my latest solo offering. Up until now it has been skulking under the Twitter hashtag #soloalbum3, but today I can reveal the album will be officially called [un]plugged, for obvious reasons.

This will be a digital-only release like The Knowledge of Things To Come, but rest assured I shall be using the wonders of Bandcamp to make available the absolute best-quality downloads. At some point the album will also be available on iTunes and Spotify etc for those of you that prefer the UI, but I would seriously recommend the Bandcamp route. For everything actually…

The entire album was recorded using my new Breedlove acoustic bass and the Looperlative LP1. I used the Pod X3 Pro but not quite to the usual extent. I programed three variations of the same basic acoustic patch and cheifly used those throughout the album so as not to mask the natural sound of the instrument.

The tracking was finished last week and today I shall be doing a bit of housekeeping and exporting the tracks ready for mastering with Steve Alexander hopefully during the week. Assuming my car doesn’t blow up in the meantime and leave me stranded at home…

So here’s a little treat for you. I have spent a lot of time on getting the artwork just so, and here it is to whet your appetites (to a small non-musical degree)

I’m really excited to get this album out there so watch this space (and Twitter of course) for updates. If all goes to plan [un]plugged may well be out by the end of the week. I hope you like it ;)


Aug 24 2011

New Pugwash Album Out Now!!

Hello folks,

The big news this week is that the excellent Dublin-based band and good friends of mine Pugwash have just released their new album The Olympus Sound on 1969 records…

If you’re not familiar with Pugwash, they are most probably the best band you’ve never heard of. This is their fifth studio album to date, following up their Giddy compilation which came out last year here in the UK. I can also heartily recommend all of their back catalogue; especially 2005′s Jollity and 2008′s Eleven Modern Antiquities. They are purveyors of the finest classic pop you’re likely to find these days; heavily influenced by ELO, The Beach Boys and The Beatles their sound is full of lush harmonies, chiming guitars and some of the most catchy choruses imaginable. Pugwash is fronted by the awesome Thomas Walshe and featuring Tosh Flood on guitar, both from The Duckworth Lewis Method.

Anyway, you need to own this album folks. You can preview the album over on Spotify if you like. I’ve just ordered my copy from HMV.com. Am excitedly checking the post every morning… Can’t wait!!!

ps. Obviously, don’t forget to buy my latest album too ;)


Jun 13 2011

The Knowledge of Things To Come released today!!

Well the time has finally come…

Ladies and gentleman, I give you my new album The Knowledge of Things To Come.

I’ve blogged about it quite extensively over the last few months and I’m really excited that it’s finally here. The album is only going to be available as a download, initially from the Music page here on my site via those sterling folks at Bandcamp, and soon via iTunes and all the other major download providers like Amazon MP3 and 7Digital. And yes, it will soon be on Spotify too…

Heres the track listing for you. Some of the titles are Joni Mitchell quotes, one is named after an excellent short story by Neil Gaiman, most of them I made up (with some obscure sci-fi references thrown in)

  • the music of chance
  • babel fish
  • go quietly now…
  • some mysterious song
  • no strings attached
  • harlequin valentine
  • the band sounds like typewriters
  • baliset
  • l for leather
  • the knowledge of things to come

Two of the tracks will be familiar to those of you that followed my old solo bass podcast. Early sketches of both baliset and go quietly now… have featured on the podcast in the past. I recorded versions of both for Mandala last year and those tracks are still up on my Soundcloud page if you fancy investigating how the tunes have developed over the years. The other tracks are all brand new live improvisations and compositions.

I really hope you like the album. Remember to click the Like button on the album page to help spread the word! I’m hoping to get a few reviews and possibly some features on the record. I shall of course post links here on the blog when I do.

And don’t forget to check out the Rejectamenta EP, which features five more tracks from the Knowledge sessions and is currently still available on a ‘pay what you want’ basis…

Enjoy ;)