Here we are, the third edition of the 12 months, 12 records thing. I guess most of you already know what it is about. It’s a project in which I force myself to record and release a record within each month of the year 2009. After two instrumental months, I thought it was a good moment to experiment with vocals. I adore singer songwriters like Smog, Phil Elvrum, Adrian Orange etc.. but I always had trouble singing. It’s not easy singing in tune, and I honestly don’t know why it is so easy to some and so difficult to others. A few years ago I decided to not care about my vocal skills and just sing. First attempts were terrible, but after a while you get to know what your voice can do and what it can’t. I’m not saying it is good now, but it is ok for me. Maybe in a few decades I can sing like Justin Timberlake. That would be it.
So, these songs are basically a temporary glimpse into the process. I glued all those songs together with some more typical wixel sounds; decaying guitar strums, looped melodica, a whole lot of glockenspiel and slowness. Everything was written and recorded during this month except “Across the Sea” and “Homeless Hearts”. I recorded them this month, but wrote them much earlier. 3 and 2 years ago respectively. The whole sounds pretty mellow and laid back, sometimes a bit darker, but always melancholic. It’s about 33 minutes long.
You can have a listen here in the player below:
If you want to purchase a physical copy:
There are 31 copies, they are 10 euro each and shipping is 3 euro. E-mail me first for availability! The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll work it out from there. At time of this writing, there are only 8 copies available, so if you want it, you probably need to be “quick”.
Finally, some more details on the music/credits/etc:
- “Blood Red Bird” is also the title of a song by Smog. It references to “Bloedrood” which is dutch for “blood red” and which was my first singersongwriter recording name.
- All songs written, performed and recorded by yours truly in the month of March ‘o9, except the backing vocals by Kristof Deneijs (of Yuko fame) on “Old Summer Songs” and the vocals of the second part of “Into ”the forever” We Hum” were made and recorded by Ellen Evers of The Puddle Parade. “Across The Sea” and “Homeless Hearts” were written in 2006-2007.
- Artwork was made by Jo, inspired by some random bird images on google image search.
- “Hum For The Domino Sparrow” is dedicated to the poor sparrow ‘faunabeheer’ killed because it almost ruined their anual domino day. It was such a tragic/comic event. Never forget.
- “The Forever” is the place where birds go when they die, also known as “The Big Black Nowhere”. I don’t like the word “heaven” but I guess it’s similar yet more real. Or it’s just silly me talking!
Thanks for reading up!