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Saturday, 4 June 2011

The Ghost at the Feast

After a seemingly endless period of languishing creatively, I finally pulled myself together and spent today setting up a small recording booth, looping and overdubbing cello and guitar takes, with cassettes, in a garage. In a house. In my home town, Brentwood.

I suppose I've been extra keen to record independently recently, at least since I realised that the the vast majority of the songs that have been stacking up over the past 12 months will probably never be heard, unless I release them by myself, free of charge.

And that's what I plan to do. The Ghost At The Feast is only a small collection, but it's the first instalment of what I hope will be a long list of home recorded lo-fi EPs and possibly LPs.

I'll be using the JCR imprint that released Animal Sweethearts last year, but after some consideration I will probably only release these online as opposed to putting out a tape or CD. However, I won't just be uploading them onto SoundCloud, track by track, for people to pick from. Each new JCR release will be announced on this blog and you'll be able to download them in full from a filesharing site for a limited time only. After the time limit is reached on the filesharing site, you'll be able to email me and I'll be happy to send you the full record, still free of charge.

This seems like a good idea to me. Maybe I'll get to record some of the JCR songs with O Genesis, who knows? I like the idea of having lots of recorded versions of one song out in the world, I have so many different versions of all my songs on tape that it'd be nice if that were reflected in my releases.

The full EP will be available from next week; keep checking back for updates. Let me know what you think of the preview, available for streaming, below.