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I created this new project because I wanted an outlet for another side of what I do. I have many influences and I’ve never been able to stop myself from writing these somber, fragile and vulnerable songs. I try to paint that onto an electronic canvas a lot of the time but there are many songs that just needed to be left in the organic world in which they were born.
I worry that taking a sharp change in musical direction for this project may alienate people, but then I have to remind myself that if I start releasing music for the purpose of pleasing others then I’ll never truly be happy with it, and so this one is for me. It’s an album of honest songs from honest places and it’s a personal passion project that I’ve been working on for a long time.
I’ve been interested in electronic music for many years but concurrently I’ve always been writing music at a piano or guitar and have been attracted to organic music with acoustic and classic instrumentation. Instruments with strings and pedals and levers and sound holes and scratches and dents. Songs for broken people played with instruments that also need repairing.
It was important for me to make this album to show another side of what I do and I wanted to release songs that had been sitting on the bench waiting patiently for their time. These songs aren’t designed for radio or for a festival or a party or anything else; they exist purely for expression and there’s something magical about that.
The album includes all sorts of friends playing all manner of instruments. My sisters’ string quartet played all the strings on the album, it features sax, trumpet and heaps of flugelhorn horn played by good friends, I worked with long time buddy Dustin Tebbutt on our second original collaboration, my live drummer Kosta Theodosis played the incredibly challenging drum parts and there’s countless studio hours, weird and wonderful toys and tapes and trinkets that feature.
Thanks for indulging me if you’ve read this far – I hope you enjoy the music and join me on this journey.