The music on this disc was, at the behest of Jeran Richardson, conceived of and committed to paper in roughly 6 days in late October 2013. It was then picked apart, recorded, re-recorded and finally mixed between then and February 2014. As of the time of writing, there still small additions to be made, but at some point I will deliver a final product and leave it alone.
Concerning the lyrical content of this disc, I encourage you to please come to your own conclusions, although I will offer the following as thematic influences: trips to both Haute-Nendaz, Switzerland; and to Paris in mid 2013, that haunt many of the lines here; the sadness that must always accompany joy; the often unconsidered relationship between love and lust; my love of foreign women.
Musically, I can hear Neil Young's 'Harvest' (we recorded a take of 'Heart of Gold' that will one day surface), Carly Simon's 'No Secrets', John Frusciante's 'Will to Death' and Mike Uva's 'Lady, Tell Me Straight' as the things my subconscious was straining to emulate at that time but, again, you may draw very different conclusions, conclusions I would relish the chance to hear.
Enjoy Jacko's splendidly minimal bass, Joe Wood's most relaxed drumming yet, and my gratuitous harmony vocals. I made this for you, the reader, and I couldn't have done it without them, or Jeran Richardson, or Miles Broadbent, or the bottles of wine I drink like cups of tea.
Oliver Manning x
(having a glass of red at Lockside Lounge, Camden, February 13th 2014)
released 01 April 2014
All songs written and directed by Oliver Manning
Oliver Manning: vocals, guitars, clarinets
Matt 'Jacko' Jackson: bass
'Joe' Wood: drums
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