9 Tracks which were self produced and recorded throughout 2008 – 2012.
1. Clean Code 2. Normal Scheme of Things 3. One Schizophrenic 4. MENO 5. Organic (Like the Plague) 6. Time Lost Tradition / Bright Scenic Reprise 7. Eternally Grateful / The Penny Drop 8. Conversations 9. Your Guitar (Tsukinohi)
The second disc is a live collaboration (unique to this format) recorded in Japan between Stuart and one of his favourite musicians Haco. The concert was recorded in Kobe at the live music venue ‘Varit’ on 30th September 2010. The concert was on the whole completely free and improvised however a part of one of Haco’s songs ‘Less than Lovers, More than Friends’ is performed. The concert lasted just under 35 mins and is separated across the two sides of the LP.
To come to Japan and have the chance of performing with Haco was like a surreal dream coming true. For me personally it really affirmed my role as a musician and to have the complete concert put to vinyl represented how special the experience was.
Also recorded as a part of this album was my first cover version to be released. A track originally written and performed by Mogura Ka Maigo (The Lost Mole). I fell in love with the melody of the piece (Tsukinohi) when I saw Mogura Ka Maigo live in Tokyo. I wanted to recreate my own version of the song to work with lyrics I had in mind.
Also aside from this being the first album to involve a cover version it is also the first album to involve a sample.
I built a song around a sample from the song ‘Closed Captioned’ written by the Washington D.C. Post Hardcore band ‘Fugazi’. I emailed the band sometime back and they were decent enough to give me a response clearing me to sample the track granted that they hear it first. After I sent them a copy of my tune ‘One Schizophrenic’ I was lucky enough to get the go ahead and I believe it to be one of the more immediate tracks on what is otherwise a more obscure and challenging listens.
A special mention must go out to Rachel Steadman who worked into the piece a wonderful wall of string parts that I believe really add a special intensity to the music.
I must also give special shout outs to Nick Hall Lazzerini for the mixing and John Mercer for the mastering.
I had not worked with neither John nor Nick since the recording of my 1st album ‘Autonomous Debut’ in 2006.
It was a pleasure to have them both involved in the project. As ‘Autonomous Debut’ was also self produced this felt like the ideal bringing together of minds reuniting to finish an album.
Although John and Nick have never met each other.
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Full Cast of Musicians:
Keys / Synth – Dave Smale
Trumpet / Flugelhorn – Vicky Flint
Percussion – Leon Camfield
Violin / Viola – Rachel Steadman
Flute / Vocals – Amy Lazzerini
Bass /Vocals – Nick Hall Lazzerini
Tenor Sax – Roger Pride
Vocals – Julia Bell
Omnichord – Eric Gebow
Autoharp – Joe Davin
Signals – Craig Harris
Double Bass – Riad Abji
Guitar / Vocals / Harmonica / Glockenspiel / Synth / Rhythm Synth / Percussion / Log Drum / Bass Metallophone / Button Bells / Mandolin / Acoustic Guitar / Bass Guitar / Electronic Beats / Monotron -Stuart O’Connor