HOW TO MAKE AIR ITSELF
Air Itself was recorded by Dorian Taywood in a former stable, now underground club/cinema next to the S Bahn line in the former east of Berlin. We mixed it there, at my place and in an old farm house out east towards the Polish border. Since the recording was done without a budget it was undertaken as and when possible and convenient for everyone involved - roughly an evening a week - without the pressure of pro-studio time.
Despite the conceptual constraints I often impose on the songs Air Itself is I think a quite personal, intimate sounding record. It’s hard not to describe it, by comparison with recent releases, as a solo album - yet this is far from the truth. The LP’s sound was very much shaped by the musicians with whom I was lucky enough to collaborate.
Unlike my last full length LP here it's acoustic instruments that predominate - nylon and steel string guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel, musical saw, violin and piano all feature. Nonetheless it’s hard to call the album an acoustic record. I was looking for an ambient, immersive sound world to place these songs into - and through some mysterious and circuitous process of experimentation and collaboration I began to find it.
EVERY WEEK OVER THE COURSE OF THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN I'LL BE POSTING SOME THOUGHTS ON EACH SONG THAT FEATURES ON THE RECORD AND HOW IT WAS MADE
IT WOULD BE MASSIVELY APPRECIATED IF YOU SHARED THIS SONG AND SUPPORTED THE CAMPAIGN TO TURN IT INTO A BEAUTIFUL 'REAL' THING OF THE WORLD (ie: a packaged LP/CD)