I’ve been getting some great feedback about the new solo album [un]plugged, which was officially released on Tuesday. I thought I’d drop a quick post for those of you that missed the big announcement.
I’d been working on an acoustic album since the Autumn when I started A Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre. I was playing an acoustic bass guitar for the first time and really fell in love with the instrument. Well, not that particular instrument but the acoustic bass guitar in general! I went in search of my own bass and eventually found a beautiful Breedlove bass which I decided to use for the album.
Since I put the album out I’ve sent off a few copies to various reviewers and music writers; hopefully I’ll have some reviews out and about soon enough. I shall of course Tweet all the links so you can check them out.
The album is available in glorious 24-bit audio via Bandcamp (click on the Music tab above). This is better than CD quality. The album is now also available (as of yesterday) on iTunes, Spotify etc if you prefer. You can only get the hi-res version at Bandcamp though. You know what to do.
So, it’s over to you now folks. If you like the record; spread the word! The most difficult thing at the moment is letting people know the music is out there. So you can share the player above, you could Tweet about it, post about it on your Facebook pages, blogs, Tumblrs. The possibilities are endless! I’m sure you’ll know better than I who amongst your friends would be into this kind of music…
As a treat and to celebrate the release of [un]plugged, I’ve made the digital version of my first album Mandalaavailable as a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth (including free) download on the Bandcamp page. If you’re buying your copy of [un]plugged, do feel free to grab a free copy of Mandala whilst you’re there. And the same goes for the Rejectamenta EP whilst you’re at it. Of course you can still buy the Mandala CD from the same place. If you want it signed, let me know
I’m really pleased with the reaction to [un]plugged so far and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all think too. It is quite different to my previous albums, but the new direction seems to be quite popular.
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
go quietly now…
some mysterious song
no strings attached
the band sounds like typewriters
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…
Thought I’d drop a quick post to let you know what’s going on this weekend.
Last night I had a great show at the Pizza Express Maidstone with Clare Teal. We’re currently promoting our brand new album Hey Ho which came out on Monday. And is currently number 1 in the iTunes Jazz charts by the way….
Tonight I’ll be playing with Esther Bennett and Duncan Lamont at the Pheasantry in Chelsea. Esther’s gigs are always lots of fun so do come along if you’re in the area. Lovely pizzas there too…
And don’t forget Monday night I’ll be at the fabulous 606 club in Chelsea with the fantastic Nina Ferro. This is the first gig for a while we’ve done playing the material from her last album Waiting for the Sunset, and promises to be a great show. We’ve got Femi Temowo on guitar, Martyn Kaine on drums, Jono McNeilon bvs and Grant Wndsor on piano. It’s gonna be great and it’s gonna get busy so definitely book now to grab yourselves a table!
If you haven’t heard Nina’s album, here’s a little player for you (aren’t I good to you?!)
And if you’re sitting at home messing about on the internet, remember to checkout my latest offering at Bandcamp. I’m still offering it on a ‘pay what you want’ basis, including for free. So there’s really no excuse if you haven’t got a copy yet…
Ciao for now. Hopefully see you at one of these shows over the next couple of days;)