I really enjoy doing the Backlight series of mixes. Part of my recovery, the philosophy is simple: no practice, no edits, no do-overs. So the mixes sit as my love of improv, loopology and effects. I try and blend songs that I think will work, in strange and hopefully wonderful ways.
fire water, breather,
Press Release 1/5/2020
There’s something really satisfying about getting a new track out. Especially when it didn’t take me years to finish. Fire, water breather is my first breaks track since “Marigold” yet I often forget how much of the way I started listening to dance music, came from big beat, breaks and other broken style
Listening back to it the red and the blue came to mind, and I noticed in hindsight how much The Doors have influenced my style. It comes out in the melody and tone of this track.
This is the first track I’ve released that doesn’t contain any guitar, and not for want of trying to put it in. There is much more taken out of this, including many words. Yet chopped and diced they are still there. Here is the poem that you can look at where the track gets its name from:
Fire water breather
Father brother son
Since the dawn the light has risen
Back to fill and widen my eyes
Yet my brain,
Like a muscle
retains the limps from the fall
The crutch rubbing under the arm
To heal the wound is so hard
When the tissue that fell
Lies as smoke on the breeze
This quick video was shot by one of the lovely staff at Arimia during what was to become my last gig before they shut the borders. On live creativity that is. It’s hard to try and work out how to tell my students that live streaming will be as fully gratifying as playing live. Simple because it’s not. The beautiful weight you feel of the guitar, the improvisation of moving and mixing beats on the fly. The reactions on people’s faces is a unmistakable place of joy and wellness for me.
What a wonderful day it was, playing originals and beats from artists like Gramatik. Peace reigned and it fills me with joy to share this with you.