Backlight #5 ready to stream

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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

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Press Release 1/5/2020

fire water breather album cover 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

Extinguisher

Father brother son

Lover

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

the last day before the big quiet

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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.