Well folks. After years of cogitating and deliberating and obfuscating, I’m delighted to announce that my new album CRUCIBLE has finally been unleashed on the world. Produced with Phil Wilkinson [The Amazing Pilots, Duke Special, Ed Harcourt, Sophie Ellis-Bextor] and engineered by Dave Izumi [Jake Bugg, Example, Luke Sital-Singh, David Ford, Hudson Taylor] down at the beautiful Echo Zoo Studios in Eastbourne, this special record truly has been forged in the heat of brilliance, friendship, love and multiple analogue synths.
I honestly feel that this is the best musical project I’ve ever had the privilege to be involved in. After recording more than 20 demos at my home setup over the past couple of years which had progressed to varying layers of undress, I proceeded to take them to the Übermensch Phil Wilkinson who managed to peer into my haphazard vision of synth-driven-cerebral-pop-acoustica and somehow render it in glorious technicolour. We then took the 11 draft tracks down to Echo Zoo where Dave Izumi spent 17 days with us engineering all the final live instrumentation, vocals, multiple session players, the vintage Korgs, Moogs and Jens, and also then mixed that morass of sonic chaos into an elegant nugget of audio bliss.
So far the album has been universally well received by the critics. I’m particularly pleased with this glowing 8.5/10 review from Louder Than War which really captures the essence of what the record is all about; “It’s one of the albums of the year without doubt, as its charm and downright insubordinate addictiveness shines through on each and every one of Crucible’s eleven tracks.”
It’s available at all reputable music outlets globally, to purchase or stream. The best place to buy is through the Bandcamp link above. The download is £7 and the CD is £10, including shipping anywhere in the world.
Thanks for listening.