You can now pre-order my upcoming mini-album 'Chirrup'! Set to feature 6 of my original tracks, including my new single 'Anchor', all recorded and produced by Apocalypse Studios. This time it's just me, Nolan (my guitar and best friend), and a lot of reverb!
The album will launch this September on the 19th with a gig at the beautiful Town Church! You can read more about the launch under the 'Gigs & Events' tab of my website. Tickets are £10 for entry and your first drink free, with options of Rocquette XC Cider and various soft drinks throughout the night. This album and the launch gig were originally set to release on 20/06/2020, but thanks to the obvious health risks and financial impact of COVID-19, the new date in September came about. This has meant I've had even more time to make it really special though! You can help me fund the finishing touches for this project and the launch party by pre-ordering!
The tracklist includes my 2018 song Freedom, originally off of the epic moment that was 'Sweet Decadence', re-recorded to represent my style 2 years on.
Then come my songs Ocean Lament and Birdie, the 'title track' in a way, written about plastic pollution, and with the beauty of nature and its life cycle in mind. I've taken the lyric "Chirrup" from Birdie for a couple of reasons. Birdie was the second song I wrote after 'Sweet Decadence' and I felt like I'd finally succeeded with the way those chords and melodies fit together, offering a meditative state like most of my music does, but with a decent drive and some tasteful tension.
When writing and receiving feedback from tutors and friends alike, "chirrup" was sometimes mistaken for "cheer up" which fit in a dark and possibly ironic way. Aside from the song's context, this idea of chirruping, making noise to get someone's attention when you're in need really resonates. This whole collection of songs have been me making noise to express my thoughts and feelings, to myself and an audience. Sometimes making that noise is the only way we can "cheer up" or cheer others up.
The story of the song itself follows a blackbird hatchling who has fallen from the nest, with mum and dad no where to be seen. This little birdie is looking around in awe of how big the trees look from below, with all these new smells and sounds to absorb. However, whilst this magical scene plays out, a magpie waits, watches and plots upon this tasty snack.
This little guy should cheer up, don't worry about where you're parents are and just enjoy this incredible world you've stumbled upon... But yeah, you may or may not have been abandoned, and you may or may not become lunch shortly.
Then, Jacket! Written about someone from my early teenage years, who reappeared into my life in 2019, and was soon removed once again.
The fifth track is Lexi, one of my most recent pieces. It talks about a difficult relationship and a certain stage within it, back and forth, feeling like a part of my life was missing and that this 'Lexi' was that part. It was admitting to myself, and to whoever heard this song, that I felt love there, and how much I was willing to try to keep hold of that.
To follow that and finish 'Chirrup' off comes Anchor, my recently released single in demo form, available to listen to and download in the Digital Releases section above. Anchor is the continuation of Lexi in many ways, the same relationship, similar themes. But, whilst I see Lexi as more of an honest, and a little bit of a sad love song, Anchor was admitting that I could move on now, rather than how desperately I missed it. Even the very last line "I don't want to lose this" to me reflects how, if I could've kept it and been happy, I would've. Present day has a different ending, one accepting that in order for both parties to be happy, I had to lose it. You can read more details for Anchor above!
Well, thankyou for reading all of that! 'Chirrup' will eventually be available to purchase in physical and digital format, with a free download code to go with physical copies. This particular pre-order is for physical copies only, not digital. You can opt to pay more than the minimum £7.50 if you so wish, an option included upon a fan's request!
I'd like to say thankyou for reading all the way through and hopefully enjoying some of the backstory to my songs, for the interest and the support. X
Expected release: September 19, 2020