The image to the left is the view from the live room at Far Heath studio, Northamptonshire.
Not what you'd typically expect to see from a live room window.
That's if the live room even HAS a window.
This, among many other reasons, is why I wanted to head to Far Heath to put the guitars and finishing touches on my first release under my name. As much as I love recording in London's dark little warhouse studios (no sarcasm intended, I do love them really!), I really wanted to get out of the city for a couple of days so I could completely focus on the music and not be bothered by anything else.
There's also no phone reception at Far Heath. Which is bloody fantastic.
This EP started off as a bit of an exercise in harmony & theory and arrangement rather than something that was ever meant to be recorded. I wanted to rework some tunes that I love and have been playing for years as chord melody arrangements for solo acoustic guitar. I was lucky enough to meet Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) through university, and even luckier to be able to jam these ideas with him. They quickly developed beyond solo acoustic ideas into full band arrangements. I decided that it would be nice to record these arrangements in a way that'd best present them for sharing with the world.
The EP came together in 3 days in total, which is testament enough to the amazingly talented musos (Philippe De Hovre on Bass, Huw Beynon on Drums, and Bill Laurance on Keys) that I had the pleasure of working with on this EP. What you hear is the product of a 3 hour rehearsal with the band, one day in the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance studio recording the Keys, Bass and Drums live, and then two days at Far Heath in Northamptonshire adding the Guitars, Mandolin and finishing touches. Special thanks to Dave Holden for engineering the live session, and to Angus Wallace at Far Heath, and of course, to Huw, Phil and Bill. You're all incredible people - and you made recording these tunes a blindingly quick and enjoyable process.
There's a slideshow of photos from the sessions below the SoundCloud widget...
There's not really much else I can say about this - just that I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it! If the music resonates with you, please feel free to share it around. I'll make the tracks free for download very shortly. Enjoy!