Influences: Jonathan Bree, Phoebe Bridgers, Timber Timbre, Ex:Re, Karen O/Danger Mouse, Bon Iver, Francoise Hardy, Eels, Michael Kiwanuka, Perfume Genius, Low, David Sylvian, Pedro the Lion, Goldfrapp, Brecht/Weill, James Blake, Bjork, Benjamin Clementine, The Breeders, Serge Gainsbourg, Car Seat Headrest, Dagmar Krause, David Bowie, Beatles, Portishead, Jacques Brel, Elliott Smith, SFA, Pulp, Mitski, Big Thief, Courtney Barnett, BC Camplight, Sufjan Stevens, Chamber Pop, Lounge, Ye-ye, Surf, 60s Pop, Psychedelia, Tropicalia
Well, that was an uneventful year! I miss the halcyon days of FAWM 2020, when all we had to worry about was that half the world was on fire. Good times.
I've had a reasonably productive year music-wise but I've not actually written that many songs. I spent most of it finishing my second album:
This means recently I've spent far too long clicking a mouse instead of actually playing music and I'm bored by it. My demos will likely be a bit more lo-fi this year! I've got a few new toys to play with - a vocal effects unit, a pocket drum machine, banjo - which I hope will speed up my work flow a bit.
I think that I rely on story/concept songs a bit too much, so I'm aiming to write some lyrics that are a bit more oblique and poetic (cue 14 story songs!).
Check out some other miscreants from my home town of Medway, if you dare:
|#1||Beauty in Winter||
|#2||So Far From Home||
|#3||Do You Believe in Angels?||
|#4||There's a Scream Stuck in My Throat||
|#5||The Sea is Not Enough||
|#6||Tell Me Not to Go||
|#7||Someone or Something||
|#8||We Paint Dead Flowers||
|#9||State of a Nation||
|#11||High Water Mark||
|#12||So, They Are Human After All||
|#14||Do You Think We've Jumped the Shark?||
|#15||Gone in the Dark||
|#17||Can't Drink Almond Milk||
Thank you for the kind comment. It's appreciated.
Glad you liked my Hotdogs for Hobbits. The skirmish theme for that o0ne was "Hotdogs" or "Hobbits" and the prize for combining the two was the host saying she'd listen to all of the songs of the person who pulled that off. I hope she has the time to squeeze in that promise before April 14th 😁
Ah, Tom Bombadil. What a shame Peter Jackson never included him in the Trilogy (not even the extended version).
Glad you liked my "Sailing Away" - the Gmaj7 opening was one I came up with while seeking inspiration for chord sequences on a website that generates them for you. The free version only does 4 chords, but the Gmaj7 to Em was exactly what I was looking for.
Hi, just saying thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. And wow, I'm in awe of what you've managed to put together for this years' FAWM. Really impressive body of work.
Thank you for your comment and advice "Agree on pushing vocals up a bit." I think I'll be calling this month (learn to) mix March 😀
Great - looking forward to it. I owe Richaaaay some listens and then I'll be straight onto you. It's going to be a busy but fun evening 😁
Many thanks for your kind comments on “Meander” - I do like the “Sweater Weather Instrumentals” playlist, especially if it’s a bit cold, grey and damp outside!
Thank you for your comment about the liner notes! I wasn't sure if anyone actually read them 😀
Thanks for listening to "Don't tell me if it hurts" and appreciating the song. We will finish it as a full production in some weeks or months, depending on our schedules.
Thanks mate so good to be back and congrats on an epic fawm!
Uploaded a second version with more guitars and backing vocals => instant chorus effect on everything masking the "shitty tracks" 😉
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! It was a real treat just reading through them all XX
Oh and congrats on the win!!
Truth is....I’m becoming callously immune to the fact that everything I eat, drink or wear will either a. Give me cancer b. Promote child labour or c. Contribute to global warming and the collapse of the world as we know it.
You mean the Beatles weren't on PCP?? Wow. Thanks for comparing us to Sgt. Peppers. Doesn't get bigger than that I suppose.
Thank you Dan for your kind comments on 'Autumn Slowly Enters' it was a real pleasure to sing to Nadia's wonderful piano and Kristi's beautiful lyrics 😊
Thank you for all your comments sir, most kind! I'll be over your way at some point this week, I've got plenty of catching up to do..
Thanks for your words!
Tkx for comment on FUZZ guitar song...you have to cut loose sometimes. Congrats on 14
I remember re: the bass on Linda. Cool. Also thanks for the niceness on Matild.
Congratulations on your 14! I promise I will come back listen to them soon
Thanks so much for your comments on Mother Mary! So glad you liked it!
I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying my solo concept album! I am considering looking into having it released properly at some point. Feedback like yours is definitely helping with that decision. I appreciate it!
Thanks for your kind feedback on Ammolite. I know I'm way behind in getting into Sufjan Stevens' albums so thank you for recommending Carrie & Lowell. Just pulled it up and love it already.
ˋ]. Thx for taking your time.
also love that story!! i literally forgot that the same guy is Owen and in American Football lol
thanks for your kind comments, I really appreciate it!! 😭
Thanks for sweeping my last 3 and leaving such kind comments. Appreicated much, again. If you remember the way we first encountered each other was through my #tit4tat idea a few years ago. We're still trading and happily but I made a forum post for that again this year, if you're interested, you might want to add your name and participate again this fawm. https://fawm.org/forums/topic/11699/
Thanks! Beat's line about "speaking your name so loud in my mind" was the standout for me too when he sent it. We were def going for an early Emmylou Harris sound, so 1971 sounds perfect. Thanks for listening and for your insightful comments.
Thank you for the kind comments on "Birds of Galway Bay"! Really appreciate your taking the time to listen! (and I don't often get compliments on my guitar playing, so thank you for that!)
Thank you for your listens and your comments!
Thanks for your comment on "Going my way"! You're right it has something from Radiohead!
Thanks so much for your comments on "Thoughts" and "Undertow". High praise!
Thanks for your feedback on "I'm gonna Love You Enough" I really appreciate it!
Thanks for your comment on 'Sandcastles' - I checked out the song you mentioned, really enjoyed it, thanks 😊
Great list of influences, looking forward to checking out more of your stuff when time isn't so jammed with trying to write and record!
Thank you for your comment 😀
Hey, thanks for the listening sesh. I have also the "the worst" for listening lately. Anyway, Rubylove is great and I wish I had a bouzouki. I actually got a copy of Teaser and the Firecat on vinyl for 500 yen (about £3.50) a couple of months ago!
Thanks for the comments! I feel like I should tell your inner child a story about Willy Street (actually Williamson St but nobody calls it that): I was sitting in a cafe downtown when I noticed a man sitting a few tables away was staring right at me and exposing himself under the table and playing with himself. I was freaked out and vamoosed. (I probably should have called the police, but oh well) Anyway a few months later I saw that same man again. He was SELLING HOT DOGS at a hot dog stand on WILLY STREET! This is sort of a horrible tale but I also thought it was pretty funny.
Thanks for your kind comments on "When Spring Came" 😀 I'm consciously going for the kind of general "sound" you hear on Iron & Wine's early releases - "The Creek Drank The Cradle" is a "desert island album for me - so the electric lead guitar sound is somewhat influenced by I&W's lap-steel guitar on those recordings. I also like layering the accompanying instruments so they make one "large" instrument, but hopefully not too obviously...
Thank you for your kind comment on Cyril's millions. I really appreciate it 😊
Thanks again. I like rhyming vowel sounds rather than full-on rhymes.
Thanks for the comment. I always love a good counterpoint melody, thanks for the idea!
That is so awesome!! Haha! Can’t wait to hear it☺️
Thx for your comments. Looks and sounds good, the Roland VT.
Oh boy! You really went to town on my stuff today! Thanks, I appreciate the listens and very kind comments muchly 😀 Now....
Your songs seem to finish too soon. Please can you let them fade out a bit more, leave the effects to finish, sort of thing?
Also, they are beautiful.
So true. I've been catching my mind wandering recently while listening to audio as well. My commute requires audio, though, since I'm the driver. 😀 Tweedy really makes things simple and I love that.
I got the audiobook of Jeff Tweedy's "How to Write a Song" from audiobooks.com. I got through 2 of the 3 hours. I'm much less likely to read a book than listen. The title involves a great premise which I totally agree with. No one writes songs. They write one song at a time - a much less daunting venture.
Thanks! I love harmony, but I'm new to recording, so I'm learning how to time things and layer well.
Damn that's fast! I thought the post was a bit messed up at the moment, I guess not! Enjoy!
Ayup, yes I'm back this year. So far only have one song marinading but I've got a couple of nice challenges to do. Loving your songs. Happy FAWM!
Thanks for the kind words man
Ooh thanks for the Vowl Sounds order! Much appreciated, I'll bung one in the post today.
Arrrggghhh, sorry for the late reply. I'm terribly disorganised. I'm only just getting around to reply to some of my soundboard messages. Thanks for the note. I hope your FAWM is going well so far.
Cool method with the piano!
Also, thank you for introducing me to Lemon Jelly...
Yep, that'll happen when you listen to my stuff sometimes. Sorry bout' that.
My brain is already broked. Maybe that's why I make silly stuff like that.
Heya, thanks for the welcome, and good luck this year.
Ah cool. He has always been nice to me too - he has given me advice and encouragement, and let me play at two of his three annual festivals so far. He's awesome!
I am!! glad to see you back 😀 Every year I keep hoping this will be the year I'll be able to hang in for more than a few songs so fingers crossed...
Thank you! Good luck this month!
wishing you a glorious fawm as well!
helll yeahhhh!! See you in Feb!!
Thanks so much for the warm welcome hello. Looking forward to catching up with your music. Have a fun FabFeb21!
Hey! Happy fawming 😀
Looking forward to hearing some new sounds from you this year dude. Banjo!?! Such a tricky instrument but lots of fun to learn and will certainly add a different texture to your songs. Benji has requested at least one murder ballad/death song/serial killer song please! (He's a big fan apparently!)
I hope so Magpie. Thanks for the message 😀 yay for Fawm
Let's see what comes out of the sound hole this year!
Hey there. Welcome back friend. Let’s make some great music.
As always looking forward to your amazing talent!
Last night I had a dream where I was at a bar/museum/venue with Bill Murray watching the Blue Nile. neat huh?
Hey Serviettes. Enjoyed your Nur Ein run!
You as well! Can't wait for February!
Hi, good to see the Kent contingent still here and kicking
It is calling and I'm crying out for it in return.
Here's to a great FAWM for you!
Ahh I hope so! I shall look forward to hearing your music 👍
Thanks! You have a great one too!
Ahoy! Let's do this.
Same to you! Happy FAWM!
Hello!!! Happy FAWM!
😀 Yay! Happy FAWM! Looking forward to hearing your awesome tunes this year!
My tunage is best served with a Serviette! Back atcha!
Hey there! Hope all's well at your end. I am indeed hoping to contribute a bit more this year!
Great to see you back. And with a banjo too. This bodes well.
Yas! I’ll take a fresh slice of magpie please 😁
Nice to see you here again! Happy FAWMing!
Welcome back bro. I on the other hand am setting out to tell a story, so lets see how that pans out!
Hi there, have a good month. I really enjoyed your album On the spoty. Thx for the music.