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look what just arrived…

I think it might be time to book a launch date, as I have physical proof that I actually made an EP.  200 little proofs.  Amazing.

Long time readers may recall that I was planning a digital only release all along.  Well I’m unreliable like that.  Enough cd lovers convinced me it’s worth the extra effort and cost to have a physical option.

The plan is to find an evening, book a place, have a chilled listening party, and then make cd’s and digital released all at the same second.  For the sake of relishing that wonderful second.  Until then, you’ll have to ride in my car with me to hear it.  And that car hasn’t been vacuumed in a while.

In conclusion, if I die today (which isn’t impossible, I feel pretty sick), I will have finished some music.  The actual feeling is a strange kind of relief.  With a dash of excitement and a big spoonful of thankfulness.

Unusual Gigs ‘R Us

How do you follow the first ever gig in Mexico?  You can’t.

Unless…. You play at 8am on a Thursday morning amongst a sea of meatballs and an Abba cover band.  That’s the only way.

So, armed with that information, I knew my mission.

On 3rd of November at 8am, you will be able to witness the first ever Australian birds in branches show as part of the IKEA Tempe store opening party.  You and anyone else who is really keen for swedish storage.  My keyboard (who was born in Stockholm) could not be more excited.

It will also be the first ever ‘electronic’ birds in branches show, as between the EP finalising I have acquired another swedish beauty (whom Nai has lovingly named the ‘octopus’).  I am filling it with little pieces of my songs for live triggering and mangling.  Sweden is the source of so much good right now.

While it doesn’t mention me in the facebook event, I can assure you I am one of numerous additional surprises:

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Come on down if you would like to say hello.  Or if you would rather not say hello, but really need a home for those knick knacks on the table.  See you there in either of those cases.  Rock and roll.

nearly nearly

Here’s a quick one just to prove to you that I’m still here.

I’m in a bubble this week, finalising mixes and artwork. When I say bubble, it’s a very focussed state devoid of sleep and much human conversation. Not unlike a quarantined bubble at all really.

It’s a very finnicky time in the process, and I’m yearning to get back to the blue sky of playing and writing. But on the wonderful other hand it’s tastably close to ‘ordering a run of cd’s day'(!) Or so I think each night in the delirious hours…

At moments I’m calling into question my ‘do EVERYTHING myself’ approach (I admit it can be a little tiring and lonely), but I am loving how connected it’s all feeling (songs, art, sound). I hope that translates. I hope that a lot.

nearlynearlynearlynearly.

Walking Crazy Talk

I will miss Steve Jobs. Not because my Macbook Air is essentially part of my body, but because he was a man who walked his talk. Quotes like this would sound too wonderful to be true, but he seemed to be the proof of it.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do… If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

Steve Jobs (2005)
Via Chicago Tribune.

This hits the heart of the wrestle. What if he is right?

moving pictures of that first gig

For everyone who couldn’t swing it to mexico to catch the first ever show, I’ve cut a little video showing a few raw little bootleg videos from Nai’s camera.

I can say straight out that I didn’t play the best set in the history of time, but for a first one I think I was incredibly lucky.  Such a great venue, such great people.

You will notice that there are no beats or synths, just piano/rhodes off the laptop and some guests I managed to talk into playing with me unrehearsed.  I do plan to bring more electronic elements in for the next ones, but I’m carefully avoiding being that guy running backing tracks off a laptop.  I can’t dance well enough 😉  So those parts will come as I can learn to perform them.  Or convince some other humans to.

But there is time for all that later.  For now, here it is: the live beginnings from Queretaro, Mexico.

Oh oh also, here are some tunes by Luis Alonso.  He is the 16 year old support act, and the kid really really knows what he is doing live.  Keep an eye on him, particularly if you are conversant in espanol.

 

First one down…

So the first ever Birds in Branches gig happened.  It is done.  And the earth still spins, gravity still works.  All in all a success.

I had a great time, and my new friends in Mexico were wonderful, despite understanding almost nothing I said in my set.  Most people would learn Spanish for a gig in mexico, but I forgot all mine in the excitment.  Sorry about that (for any of you are google-translating this very sentence).  Also, you are chido.

I have some video snippets to cut together and post soon – I planned to put it up fast but we haven’t quite been chilling on couches.  The Mexico whirlwind of great fun (did I mention ‘Chasing the Wind’ was cranked in a Mexican club?!) was followed by a similarly-filled Canada version.  Involving road trips and surfing on in a giant freshwater lake (in the last few hours anyways).

So obviously I have lots to say, but these are the pearls that make a blog.  I’ll roll them out as we go.

In particular, my thoughts about live playing will leak out over time as it all sinks in, but it would be fair to say that I learned a lot in that hour.  And I have a lot more to learn.  For example, there is a lot to do at once when you’re alone on stage, and it’s surprisingly hard to do anything well.  Never considered that before.  Will now.  New respect for people who play and sing live.

As for us, we are heading to New York tomorrow.  Inconveniently, it looks like the worst storm/hurricane in hundreds of years is likely to hit New York once we get there.  So I’m praying that we will live to see another Birds in Branches show.  If these posts stop soon, assume the worst and cut us a tribute montage?  I suggest Phil Collins’ ‘Rain Down’ as soundtrack, but go with what feels right.

the unearthly loophole….

This little post is for anyone who has thought to themself:

“sure, great track, but what use is it on the internet?  I have an ipod!!!”

Up until today you were at my mercy – as I’m not making the EP take-able until it’s finished, glistening in high quality glory.  That’s the cruel perfectionistic way I roll.

But that changed a few hours ago, with a loophole.  I got my triple j on, and being in unearthed means you can can download a free 128kbps mp3 version of whatever goes up.  ‘Chasing the Wind’ has just gone up.  It’s not the tasty quality the release will be at, but it is available this very second.

So do go on and grab it if you desire it.

Those of you who love a tidy itunes like me, I’m hurrying the proper one.  I promise.  I’m also aware that I’m using a certain photo of myself more than one should ever use a photo.  Worry not, cooler photos will come.  Uncooler ones too.

Triple j is my staple radio source, and either way I recommend prancing around unearthed for a while.  I get lost in there at times.  The good kind of lost.  Actually, if you get hooked enough to register an account, do drop a review on that birds in branches page.  That guy would love it.

Um, anyone in Mexico next week?

Yes indeed, that’s where the first ever birds in branches show is.

Those who know me (which is probably most of you since I haven’t released anything yet) may be a little perplexed. And fair enough. I have never been to Mexico and can’t speak spanish. But my wife Nai is heading over for work, I am joining for fun, and a cluey cafe owner heard some tracks and was keen to roll the dice. How could you turn down an offer to play in Mexico? You couldn’t, that’s how.

It won’t be quite the electronic tapestry of the album, as I can’t take a band or my gear. But I have packed my macbook full of software and my mind full of ideas and confused spanish phrases, and am going to give it a decent go – cafe style. There is a ‘geek aside’* below for the gory details on the laptop rig, for those who love that stuff.

I can’t lie, it is certainly a very exposed way to start. A laptop, borrowed midi keyboard and a mic. But if it does go down in awkward flames, I can always skip the country, right? Right. Either way, it sounds like a cool place full of cool people, I’m real glad to be starting there.

Incidentally we’re also galavanting over to New York for a few days. Maybe I’ll sign up for an open mic in a dive somewhere and call it a North American tour?

Helloooooo america.

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*The Geek aside:
“what laptop rig??111?!?!?!!//’???”

Wellll, I bootcamped my macbook air with windows 7 and those charming asio4all drivers.

NI Upright, NI Mark 1, GSi VB3, Poise and Uhe Zebra are happily residing in Reaper.  Very similar to the studio rig, but with the Nord Stage, MFB Synth 2, Timefactor and Blofeld replaced with software.  After the normal tweaking and hair pulling required to chase down the crackles (Nvidia’s fault this time) it’s happily prancing at 44.1 and 64 samples on the onboard sound. Sounds and plays actually rather great. I was surprised.

I’m not really a ‘laptop on stage’ lover, but it’s great to have a set of tasty sounds hiding away in a thin little piece of aluminium. Lets see how it all ends up…
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New (finished) Track – ‘Chasing the Wind’

 

I am glad to say the least, because this is you hearing the first example of a FULLY FINISHED track from the EP – ‘Chasing the Wind’. This is more like how it’s going to be sounding.

Big thanks to CJ Devillar for being very good at what he does, what with his mixing and his mastering.

Tasty, edible sound don’t you think? That’s right, good sound makes me want to eat it. That can’t be just me. But I digress. The rest of the tracks are fully done and are currently sitting in a cloud ready to me mixed, and my excitement is building, building.

More to tell soon, but first some sleep.

not quite dead

Be assured, I’m still here. Just, perhaps, after a frenzied June, but still kicking.

In fact, it’s my birthday, and I’ve taken the day off work to work on vocals for the 7th and final EP track ‘forwards and faster’.  Note the photo proof above.  Closer by the day.

In very exciting news, I have ‘robot’ back from my chosen mix and master man CJ Devillar in LA, and it sounds real tasty.  Nai (my wife and self appointed hype manager) has agreed to let me post another preview soon, so I’m obediently waiting on getting ‘Chasing the Wind’ back from CJ – it will be a better taster.

A little backstory, attentive readers may note that not so many posts ago I was mixing my own EP. Well, I decided to splurge and try some fresh ears and skills for one track (robot, as I said), and the result was wonderful. Not just in sound quality, but in my ability to listen to it without going into a panicked sweat of uncertainty. So while I’m not sure that I can afford CJ for all tracks, I’ll be selling organs to get him on as many as possible.  Even if you don’t know what a mix engineer is, your ears will thank him.

A bunch of people have been asking for a time frame, and since we’re away in August, maybe late September or early October for release.  Launch listening party and all if we’re lucky.  More on those later.

Back to it.  Best birthday ever.

in transit

I have noticed how easy it is to become a human disclaimer for something that is in progress. ‘it’s getting there’, ‘slowly but surely’, ‘it’s not finished’, ‘I promise it’s happening, sorry it isn’t faster’. I love the destination, and the transit is embarrassing.

But I may have a lot left to learn, because what if all we have is transit?

This blog is obviously covering my first EP in detail, because of the unknown – will I actually get there? Is it possible for me to release something? We just don’t know yet.

But as of this week I have started the 7th and final song, and it looks like it may just even happen. I face the destination. And here is the oddity, because from this vantage point the destination is not home. Not yet. I don’t want to stop, I want the end to be the beginning of the larger.

I have a glimmer of what this may mean – that all of this is transit, and all the beauty we have for now is in movement. This battle for art is still a tough one, and I am not really winning it. Work is always increasing, my body misses it’s sleep, commitments and needs press harder. But while the battle is uncomfortable, for now it is home. A frustrating, unglamorous and yet wonderfully movement-filled home. This is what I wonder about.

Now from vague philosophy to direct announcement (or ‘helicopter montage to kitchen scene’ if you prefer metaphor), happenings abound.

As I mentioned, I’m working on the last song. Ie, 6 songs pretty much done. Incredible, it feels like it just crept up and suddenly was the case.
Now I say pretty much done, because they are creatively there, but as yet sounding a little less than vivid. As a mix engineer, I currently make a great…… croquet player. And I have played 2 games of croquet ever, and lost both to beginners. I know I play with needless riddles sometimes (short attention span perhaps), so to translate I’m saying I’m bad at mixing. I like it, and will continue to learn, but I am bad.

So I have been wrestling with whether for this EP I might just employ some fresh, experienced ears to set the levels and help me make something that even I can listen to without cringing or regretting the kick drum. This is a large step, because the cost economically will go up infinitely from zero, and that changes things. But I think I might try. More to post when and if this comes off, but signs so far are good, if a little financially intimidating.

As for other clues, I am willing to admit that ideas have germinated for things such as making-of video snapshots, EP launches, and even live shows – but all in good time. Easy. Slow down. Deep breath. 7th song first, that is all for now.

As for the photo, I felt it was fitting – I took it on a work trip away in a strange little town of transit. It is the sort of place you are in because you are passing through – and nearly no other reason. But that night it was a beautiful place to be. It was a beautiful place of transit.

One Big Barrier Sign

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Have you ever been blocked from doing something?

I have dreams where this happens a lot. You know what you want to do, and it’s very possible, but I can’t actually get there. Usually it’s because I am really slow, or the ocean is stealing my possessions. I’m sure both of these scenarios say something about me.

But this last month it has been in real life. I couldn’t possibly explain extent of things that have kept me from the studio of late, and they are becoming increasingly serious. What started with a crazy busy calendar built to (in the last few days) both an aggressive cancer and a stroke in my immediate family. High stakes.

I never thought that I would ever reach the point where the music was the easy bit. But I tell you, it’s way easier working in that chair than it is trying to sit in it. Where will it end? Is it possible for the stakes to go higher still?

I will say this: such drama tends to make things a little more epic, and a little more black and white. Example: either this EP is just too much and I put it on ice for a while (sensible), or it is so very important to me that I strive still amidst the chaos (ridiculous).

Well I put some good hours in today. So while this whole thing started as a bit of fun to test whether I could actually release my own music, it is clear to me only in the battle that this means more to me than I expected. I just will not stop.

So here is a concept. A barrier sign can do a lot to hold you up, until it goes far enough that you are driven to defy it. Then it is just a piece of writing. Once you do defy, things get simpler, because there is then no doubt that the conflict is real, and the battle is on. The conflict is real, and the battle is on.

I can’t lie: it feels ridiculous, but it also feels beautifully simple.

The shortest post that e’re there was

I like to go on youtube, search ‘in the studio’ and watch people make music. Even if I don’t know them or their music, I just love to watch music be made.

I tend to daydream that maybe I could do the same one day.

Well, I thought back over this week. It was mostly far from music. But around the edges I managed to: squeeze into tracks some synth sounds like I have never heard before, find guitar parts for a new song on the trusty tele, practice some acoustic versions, and today a room full of cool people clapped and bumped ramdom objects through a chorus that may take form this coming week.

It’s not a lot and it seems harder than it looks on youtube. But the facts say that I’m doing the very thing I most often dream of doing.
And that, I have suddenly realised, is one of the best things that has ever happened.

Blessed is a word that I think deserves to keep it’s weight, to not be used lightly. But I really think I have been….. blessed.

Pretty in White

My wife finally convinced me that reading white text on a dark background fries your retinas. I didn’t want to believe it, but she is simply right.

So I learnt a little CSS to bring the new and improved website outfit, with a few little tweaks to allow the keen beans to spend a little longer here and keep their eyes, should they so choose.

It’s so low friction, right?……right?

What’s that? You say I’m procrastinating again?! I’m not. Shut up.

Entirely unrelatedly, I’m going back to the songs now. Good day, internet.

New Song – Some Day

Well, seeing as I’ve finished four, it seems only fair I put up another to preview.

Here is ‘some day’.
I do hope you enjoy.

 

If the player above isn’t working for you for any kind of reason, click here to head straight there.

Don’t fear if you’re on your iphone (I had some confused friends last time…), click the link, it should work.

Working on the 5th today, and it’s sounding good already. Ever closer, ever closer 😉

The Mixing Bowl

First up, I’m up to mixing my fourth song. That is exciting to type, it’s more than half way. I feel bad for not updating the blog, but that is pretty much all I’ve been doing – adding bits and mixing them together. I’ll have to think harder about how to make that sound more exciting…. How’s ‘creating a sonic world’ – that sounds more epic right?

Second though, mixing is one of the trickiest things I have tried. Ever.

I’ve done bits and pieces before, thrown up the levels and rendered it. But mixing is like painting – that is, if it was nearly impossible to mix paint together without it all turning brown and murky. And if there were 500 different kinds of paintbrushes that need to be applied in the right way for different spots, but always in artistic moderation. There is a lot of chasing your tail, and a lot of feeling shattered when you listen to your mix the next day (or compare it to any good song on the iphone). I like to be moving forwards, and that’s pretty hard for me to take – spending a lot of time on something and loving it, then later realising you were wrong and it’s bad. It stings especially when you’re sleep deprived and have headaches from too much time hunched over computers.

But the allure is strong. It is possible, using the right decisions, to make something that is perfectly balanced, immersive, and really powerfully communicative. It’s just that missing that mark is the norm – so mostly you’re listening to a drab, flat, muffled, boomy, scratchy sound instead. Sometimes all at the same time, and the unknown is why? But maybe not this time, maybe I’ll stumble upon a mix that makes the song live and breathe. Alluring and shattering.

Alright, alright – I admit it, I have high standards. Maybe impossibly high, because the songs and voice are a little vulnerable to release, and I want to be sure they sound great. But no one wants to do a bad job. I want to do a great job.

I did look into getting someone else to mix, but those who do work I like cost real money I don’t have right now. Plus there is a crazy pain-loving part of me that wants to learn how to do it myself. And I do like the crazy pain. It’s just harder than playing music – more brainy, less instinctual. (Actually I hear the best mixing is instinctual too. I will need more practice to turn my brain off, but that sounds like the dream once you can do it.)

Day to day, there is a lot of time tidying things up and learning how eq’s, compressors, verbs and delays can be used to make something better. As opposed to worse. Turns out, those things can really make stuff worse……

Also some procuring of new plugins to do special things and trying different philosophies and techniques. Buying plugins is the drug of making music – addictive, kind of fun, really destructive eventually. In small appropriate doses it is very helpful though. I just found a few compressors that help me get a much more living sound of the drums. The trick is to stop looking now. Must…stop…..looking……

I am getting better as I go, and it’s tough not to go back and mix the first songs again with the new skills. But I am resisting until all the songs are at the first mix stage. Then I will use all my new skills to do the very best I can.

On the list coming up, two more songs, and perhaps an extra surprise.

Other things to consider – the decision about whether I should release another preview…. An imperfectly mixed preview…..?
Also sleep. Not sleeping so much right now, as I’m trying to get up earlier and do some work on the EP before I go to work (as well as after). But how much sleep? I think I need more, but music is more fun than sleeping. Lots more. The only thing is….does this blog post make sense? I can’t tell see, brain is all fluffy.

Ok, enough writing. My mind must now descend back to it’s now regular state of wondering how to sit the kick largely but without pumping the master, finding groove with the bass part of the bass, and also the upper harmonics in a different groove. Then how the voice can be widened and put in it’s space, while keeping the intimacy of the words that play off the feeling of the sounds that blah, blah….blahblahblahblahblah.

This EP is making me nuts.
But, if I’m honest, I do rather like being nuts.

cover me with art

As promised, here is the name and cover art for the first Birds in Branches EP.

Name:
Foreground Vice, Background Sky

Cover:

Both were created and chosen because they feel true to the songs rather than being cool and/or clever, so don’t despair if it all seems a bit random so far. My hope is that it will all connect in the end.

Progress:
Nearly at mixing for the next two – ‘Robot’ and ‘Some Day’, and I’m pretty darn happy with them.

Challenges:
My new laptop is stealing my OCD. But it’s soooo pretty.

Hopes:
More consecutive hours to mix and make. Time off work being considered.

Crawling On

Updates? We got your updates.

Beachside beats. The photo is of my makeshift studio as I’m roughing out some of the beats for ‘Chasing the Wind’ on our beachside holiday. Note the lonely headland overlooking a wonderful stretch of coastline. Needless to say I spent more time on the surfboard than the laptop….. I’m only human.

New songs? Now? Indeed. Interestingly I stumbled on 1.6 new songs over the last weeks (I wasn’t planning on writing, but it seems some songs decide when they arrive). One is true but uncomfortable, the other (the incomplete one) I really like without reservation. I think they are not for this EP, but I won’t say never. The producer part of my brain thinks this is inconvenient timing and that I should focus on finishing the others first, but that part can shut up.

For the eyes. I already have an EP title and my plan was to take an image from a very talented photographer friend of mine for the cover art. But while away at the coast I caught an image on my iphone for a moment as a storm rolled in and the first few drops fell. It’s a beautiful picture of clouds against the top of a tree, and I felt like it fitted better than anything else could have. So I went straight to amplifying it and have since chopped it to add words and other elements (including a background photo from an old disused roller skating rink I got yesterday). I’m going to go with it for the cover of the EP.

I’ll post the art and title together soon. Very soon.

Updated, just like that. But now for some self-diagnosis-via-blogging. Feel free to stick around for my session on the couch if you want to see some more of my flaws.

While I was going to call this post ‘marching on’, ‘crawling on’ seemed somehow truer. Because of the frustratingly slow pace of things.

And yet now as I read what I just typed I realise how far things have come. Who says it’s slow?

This looks like another interesting mechanism I’m having to face in myself. I feel like this is taking forever, until I think rationally. Then I realise things are going along fine. Odd, right? Why does it feel so slow?

Here are some theories. I have given them all titles because I am in the mood for titles today.

Orbiting Clinical Directives (OCD).
People could listen to my music, or the greatest other music ever made by humans- just as easily. Why oh why choose mine? I need to do the best possible job I can.
This awareness can make me hold on too tight to little things. It’s tough to thread the line though, a bunch of OCD can make something incredible – and then just as quickly suck out all life. I’m learning slowly.

Goodbye Hobby (Horse?).
What’s the biggest difference between playing keyboard all night and making a song? Truthfully, enjoyment.
Playing keyboard for me on my own is relaxing, an escape. I play what I want for as long as I want and the goal is pretty much good feelings.
Making a song is work. For a more wonderful purpose, but a big chunk is menial. Jiggling midi notes around in a sweltering hot room, comping vocals, fixing up volumes, lists, notes, records.
It not glamour, it’s work. Thus it feels slower and more exhausting.
But the satisfaction is many times greater.

OH so many Hats.
I don’t have a producer. Or a art director. Or a mix engineer, a mastering engineer, editor, media consultant, graphic designer, any assistants or bandmates or even session musicians.
This avoids a lot of arguments and it’s way cheaper. But it seems those people actually do things for other artists. Liiiiiiike planning, deadlines, concepts, scheduling, fresh ears, sanity checks, unexpected ideas, meshing tastes, filling space and 7,845 audio adjustments to take something from sounding weak to wonderful. I consider myself versatile, but even if I could muster expertise in all those areas, I would still struggle to bring them forth in the right order at the right times. The skills are truly worlds apart.
Sometimes I’m feeling tweaky and staring at a blank canvas. Other times I’m big picture when I really need to spend a few hours leveling volumes by hand. Yesterday I turned the studio on, wrote a list of exactly I needed to create to finish the next song, and promptly sat down on the other side of the room and worked on the cover art while my warm gear made the room a sauna.
Mismatches make it feel more like the grindstone, and make me feel silly.

La La Land OR ‘avert your eyes from all productive superstars’.
There is some part in me that thinks it should really be a cinch to make music. Write whatever you like, throw a few parts down, sing over the top, done. Hour tops. And if that sounds like trash then I guess I just don’t have talent.
Welcome to my imaginary wonderland where good artists just breathe out great music and nail spine-chilling vocal takes first time.
The result for me is either:
1. Believe that it should be easier and become lazy or give up. Either or.
2. Carry on the hard work but feel lonely and that it won’t be worth it.
This one definitely has the most poison and the least good in it.
It is also the most demonstrably untrue. My favourite artists work, suffer, and pay harrowing costs to create their best. I know that.
But the lie is always being whispered in my ear from different sources, and my frazzled brain can sometimes amble down the path.
Must remember nothing valuable is easy.
Nothing valuable is easy.
Nothing valuable is easy.
Nothing valuable is easy.
I need to write that on my own forehead.

So in the end it’s probably a mix of all these theories.
But fast or slow, glamorous or lonely – I’m committed now. I will release music of my own soon.
Take that, inner sabotage.

Cheers and Nexts

Sending out thanks to a lot of generous and encouraging people.  Thanks.  I didn’t expect the number of hits and kind words from a single Facebook status, you guys are going to make me blush.

Seeing this page seems to have moved from talking to myself to talking to a number of other humans, I have yet more motivation to keep it rolling pretty fast.  As if I needed more.

I have a couple of other songs getting close to final tweaks and mixing – closest is a song called ‘Robot’ which features a lot in the Wally video below and is sounding cool.  Another is a late entry called ‘Some Day’ that has squeezed its way to the front of the queue because it has a certain sense about it that is a mystery to me – and there is a special part that I am enlisting special help for (vague enough?).

But I have some time at the coast over the next weeks with wife and friends and a few minimal bits of gear, and I’d rather spend that time on the earlier (more creative) phases of making tracks than the polishing of nearly finished ones.  Besides, my laptop couldn’t open any of my nearly finished projects, I really put that poor studio computer to hard labour.

Soooooo this means the next song is not about to drop yet, but the EP itself is marching closer by the minute.  Faster than ever actually, fueled by interest from people just like (and including) you.  Thanks for coming here and doing that.

In celebration of this brave new stage, here is a picture of me yesterday to be taken as a metaphor. A city boy trying to make friends with a tracktor from the 50’s. Incidentally I did get it moving and I did not die. I hope that’s part of the metaphor.

The First Song is Here

That’s right, it’s true.

I have finished the first song from the upcoming EP, and you yourself can hear it right now. Big moment for me, I’m very glad.

So click yourself away below, I hope you like it.