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The man himself described these nine tracks as being representative of 'a place and time, rich with joy and heartache, a slice of one period of my life,' and more than anything this is what comes through Every track is ...expand text.
The man himself described these nine tracks as being representative of 'a place and time, rich with joy and heartache, a slice of one period of my life,' and more than anything this is what comes through Every track is a short story that fits together to form a jigsaw of a very beautiful picture. It is perhaps the personality dripping from it that is something missing from most albums these days - the raw exposure that doesn't need to be about pure heartache, but can delight as much as it can depress. Lott's voice echoes a little of the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon - whose vocals always made me feel I should listen, because I'm being told something very interesting - and it's the same tone continuing here. There is no attempt at copycatting, but the slight similarity only greatened the appeal for me. In fact with tracks like Half the Way There, with a frankly lovely simplicity Lott really comes into his own, and from beginning to end you forget everything that is going on around you - the true test of of an artist. You feel like you are almost breathing in time with the song, and as a result, it has made it into my top three from the past year - pure connection. This is the sort of album that you should take time out of your life to listen to, don't play it on your way to work, don't have it on in the background while you are studying - because it will be lost on you. You'll feel you have heard the instrumentals before, and will fail to grasp what makes this album truly unique - which would be a real shame for you. But once you've given this album your full attention, feel free to leave it on in the background, and it will get into your head as if you were looking at a scapbook of memories with Lott himself, and it'll make your day a little bit sunnier. Very pretty indeed. --FAME Magazine Belfast, N. Ireland Close text
UD: 4 years ago
This is an entirely self produced work, and I played all the instruments with the exception of drums and piano on a few of the songs. It's very much a labor of love, and represents work I've done since I ...expand text.
This is an entirely self produced work, and I played all the instruments with the exception of drums and piano on a few of the songs. It's very much a labor of love, and represents work I've done since I started getting into recording about two or three years ago. Although I started out playing blues and rock, there are a great deal of other styles thrown into the mix on this album, the latest of which is latin music, particularly a kind of afrocuban sound that I've been into recently. And in addition to fusing genres, I've also played with the idea of old and modern music a little. Another thing to understand with this music is that I never really had any plan to make money off it, or if I did, it was way in the back of my mind. One of the things spurring me on in my DIY way of doing things is the fact that I've pretty much given up on the 'get signed' pie in the sky BS (if I ever believed it in the first place), and so the stuff you'll here from me is completely free of the groveling commercialism that poisons so much music these days. I did this for the love of the music, and to my own standards, and although the production may not be absolutely perfect (should it be?), it's pretty damn good for a completely independant record. So, I hope you enjoy, and expect much more from me in the future. Close text
UD: 5 years ago
Recorded in Canyon Lake Texas at Beaver Works Studio. Produced by the band with Alan Beavers Randy Rogers/Jason Allen. The CD was recorded February and March 2008, will be released in late May 2008.
UD: 5 years ago