Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Way of The Bob




 






Last night and slightly into the early hours of this morning I was back in Ftumch Towers with Rob.

Apart from a from a fun catch up following a 10 month Covid-induced hiatus, Rob showed me his newly comfy, tidy and technically upgraded studio. I wasn’t expecting anything more but he played me a new composition and we came up with melody lines for it and co-wrote some lyrics. It looks like we’ve got nearly a whole album’s worth of material now.

We’re back!



Sunday, October 04, 2020

BYs EP - Latest Progess



Although all the tracking from the main band members is done, we were we delighted that the talented youngster Alba Muñoz-Burgess laid down some great backing vocals. There’s a particular part of one track which seems to require female vocal tones higher in the mix than in other areas (for reasons we might be able to make clearer at a later point), so both Em and Alba are more prominent here.
Alba who is just 12 years old, is the daughter of our friend and producer José who is also in the mix somewhere on gang backing vocals and a few percussion parts here and there.
Without giving away too much, see/hear below for a 1st teaser:



Monday, August 31, 2020

Acing the Bass!

30th Aug 2020

Our bassist Simon turned up to session 9 tonight to lay down some stunningly groovy, creative basslines with a brand new (to him) Status Shark Bass.

His grooves on two of these tracks in particular are just essential, we wouldn’t want any other approach than Simon’s.

Awesome work!



Saturday, August 15, 2020

Waterways Arts Podcast.

 I was delighted to be asked to be a guest on the Waterways Arts Podcast. Zoe Hunn asked me about my new single “Lilt”, how life on the water influences my songwriting and working as a songwriter/musician through lockdown among other things.



Monday, August 10, 2020

Vox Pop. Day 8.

09/08/2020

I should point out that when I entitle these recording posts “Day #” etc it’s nothing like a whole day, normally we’re  starting at roughly around 5ish and done and dusted in a couple of hours or three. I’ve honestly never known band recording to be such a breeze (though our friend and producer José has all the detailed craft of mixing and production to do). This efficiency says much about José’s skill and how much at ease we, The Blue Yellows all are.
The same was true tonight where the main focus was backing vocals, so Em (pictures) came in to do her ‘live’ backing vocal parts plus a few other backing ideas we came up with. I also added some lead vocals and an acoustic guitar part we somehow forgot about earlier.
It’s all going just TOO well!