Saturday, 22 March 2014

New Album

I know that I’m not very good at keeping promises when it comes to releasing music. In fact I’m awful. 

I set unrealistic dates for myself which puts me under pressure to produce something worthy of the wait. But I believe I am now on the right track.

I’ve just released a 13-track free ‘album’ if you can call it that. It’s more of a collection of tracks congealed into one tidy package. It’s nothing pretty on the mastering/mixing front but I felt it needed to be released.

It’s called ‘In The Green’ if you wanna search for it. It’s on my bandcamp and soundcloud.

This new project I’m going to be setting out on will be my most thought out adventure of my musical journey so far. I’m literally going to go to the drawing board and imagine this new piece of music in the visual form before it makes it out via audio. I think it’s important to have a feel for the album which isn’t just sound, but like you’re on a journey. 

So I’m going to spend the next few weeks gathering my thoughts and inspirations for the new album. I’ll be attempting some new tricks and hopefully I’ll land most, if not all of them.

Then I will have the Easter period away in Switzerland again, so that’ll be a nice time to get away and reignite the fire that seems to burn brightly when I’m away from home. 

After that, I have a hectic May, but once that is over, I have the whole summer at my disposal, and even though I would be lying if I said I’d spend most of the summer dedicated to this project, I still want it to be a main focal point of my time off.

So, as a provisional/sketchy time of release, I’d be looking at around late July/August or even September if need be but no later.

There are so many ideas that flow throughout my brain, but the good ones are so rare to catch and tame into something special. 

As ever, thank you for your continued patience and God bless you.

James

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Stars

Hello there, stars in the sky. Do we leave it at hello or will there be a goodbye? Keep me near and let me see you shine. Don’t let me slip, cause that would be far too kind.
Elevate the dreams that keep us awake at night. Hold on to what you believe is right. Dark blue skies are dropping by. And I wish I could be up there, so high…

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cold

I feel cold. On the inside and the outside. It’s like the joy that once encapsulated this cage of living flesh has vanished. Off on it’s overdue vacation to nowhere and not returning soon. Dreams keep me awake and I find it hard to sleep. Something deep down is missing. And I’m not sure I know what shape this puzzle piece is…

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Memory

There's a cold wind rushing, and a black sea turning. An old ship learning to be young again. The dream isn't what it used to be but the world isn't caring, cause when all is said and done, there's nothing else that can be sung. Don't look back over the shoulder of guilt. And don't look forward to the regrets in your heart. Memory is a strange place, something we can't always seem to face.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Reigniting the Fire

Nearly at the end of my week in Switzerland and I've had a wonderful time!

It's been nice to come and relax, not worrying about any uni work or anything. Blissful. I visited the Alps yesterday and it just reminded me of how beautiful Earth is. The majestic size of those mountains in comparison to us, it really does offer some bitter, yet needed, perspective. 

It's reignited a part of me that fell in love with nature a long time ago. We sure do live in a beautiful world, even if we have to go looking for it.

Musically I didn't get up to much yesterday, a small session before bed provided me with some new ideas that I'm working on at the moment. Suffice to say, I haven't made as much music as I would have wanted but there's a solid foundation forming which is ideally a good place to start.

I'm in a love/hate relationship with release dates. A part of me really loves to pencil in a specific date to work to, because then I know I'll have to work hard for that. But on the other hand, there are things that always seem to get in the way to slow you down from reaching your goal. So I'm not going to put a specific date in until nearer the time. But for those of you, including myself, who would like a vague time window, I will be hoping to release the EP by late January/early February.

But firstly, the music must be made! Horror of horrors...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

New Direction

I've been listening back to my 'old' tracks, if you can even call them old, and I've found myself feeling almost embarrassed at some parts of tracks. Almost like I'm shouting in my head, 'why oh why did I make that like that?!' And I guess what it's saying to me is that the music that I've made before has been something that at the time I was happy to release for people to listen to, but now I kind of feel like it's inferior to what I believe to be capable now.

So what I'm trying to say is that I don't want to go back on myself just because I feel like it has worked before. But I don't want to completely change the style that I've developed over the last few years, but I'm looking to the future. I think 2014 is going to be a good year for me generally, not just musically. But music is going to be an important aspect of my life, like it usually is.

The new music may take some adjusting to but I think you'll like it! I still want all the things I've previously mentioned on this blog but moving towards a new chapter in this project.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Searching...

The unfortunate and inevitable process of making music is that you have to find ideas from somewhere.

I find inspiration to be either a constant stream that flows for hours on end, or a bright burst of energy that can be missed in the blink of an eye. I seem to be in an inconsistently consistent pattern of intertwining between the two.

Today was productive in one sense, which was that I could lay down some chords/melodies etc. and whatever I was producing seemed to be working and sounding good. But I felt like I lacked that energy to take those conceptual embryos of new ideas and turn them into something original and beautiful.

I guess that's the wonderful pain of making music. You're always searching...