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A song a week #2

Since the beginning of this year, Simon has once again been writing a new song every week. The aim is to write 52 new songs before whittling them down to an album’s worth, as with the previous album “Suffer Well”, which was the result of his 2014 ‘Song a week’ project.

New Album Suffer Well

The new album, Suffer Well, is out and can be purchased online through Bandcamp.

If you’d like a hard copy, please email Simon at

‘A song a week’ exhibition

We’re very excited about a new project which has risen out of the ‘song a week’ project. Band manager Zanri Kritzinger has commissioned 52 illustrations, one for each song, by illustrator Sanet Stegmann. Each illustration is inspired by the song and includes a selection of lyrics, and will be framed in a special frame that includes a CD of the song. We’re in negotiations with youngblood gallery (70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town) to open the exhibition in conjunction the launch of the album, on Thursday the 3rd of September.

New album in production

Simon, Ross and producer Chris Tuck are busy recording the best of the ‘song a week’ songs for the new album. Because there are so many great songs from the blog, it looks like it’s going to have to be a double album. As far as possible we’ll be using the beautifully recorded blog versions on the album, adding further instrumentation where necessary, but also re-recording a few from scratch. The working title for the album is ‘Partly cloudy and mild with scattered thundershowers’. Check out the photos from our first session on the photos page.

A song a week

In February this year, Simon completed his “song a week” project, where he wrote a song every week for 52 weeks. The results are all up on the blog, beautifully recorded by Chris Tuck:

New video

Our first official video for the new album is getting some heavy traffic on youtube. Produced by Ross Campbell, filmed in Simon’s kitchen, here’sAm I the Worm?

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