I finally finished an album and wanted to let you all know about it, in the hope that some will listen and enjoy.
The title, Sous Les Pavés, La Plage (Under The Cobblestones, The Beach) comes from a French Situationist slogan used in demonstrations in the 1960s. This desire for freedom in a world which has become hardened rang true to me in the last year. I realised that my time spent making music has been largely about forms of escapism and using creativity as a means to process my own situations.
Process-wise, the defining pieces in this puzzle have been Spitfire Audio’s lovely (& free!) LABS Soft Piano, Norns, a 9u eurorack modular system and a couple of guitars (a Jazzmaster & a Bass VI).
I’ve tried to make something that flows (I hope) in a coherent manner but still gives a nod to a lot of the things I’ve found inspirational over the years, from the elegant minimalism of the Erased Tapes label’s output and the Thrill Jockey releases from the early ‘00s that I loved so much to the clicks and cuts of artists like Oval.
There are many people on Lines who have helped me to realise this music in various ways, so I wanted to express gratitude to some of you:
@Olivier for the amazing “Compass” script that you have created. Several of these tracks would never have come together without the serendipitous moments that this script creates. The title of track 6 (The Compass Leads Us North) is a less-than-subtle tribute to your beautiful work.
A few of you were really kind about music that I posted up in my early days on Lines (@jlmitch5 , @Justmat and @boboter) so my heartfelt thanks goes to you for keeping me going at a point where I lacked confidence in what I was making and I was very much still finding my way.
Thanks to @disquiet for the ever-inspirational Junto. Whether I have time to get to it each week or not, having that regular creative brief is a real jolt to get something done. I’ve even ended up using one of my Junto submissions on this album.
Finally, to the makers on here who create the tools that keep music-making as compelling as it is. Thanks for your fantastic creations!