This album is the fruit of Simon’s year-long Song a Week project, where he wrote 52 songs in 52 weeks. The band then got together with producer Chris Tuck to choose the best of these songs and spent a few months fleshing out the initial blog recordings into full album versions. The album was launched in September 2015, along with an exhibition of original ink drawings for each of the 52 blog songs. Each drawing was framed along with a signed CD-single of that week’s song.
Blinking and Breathing – Buy Album
Soon after completing their last album, the band encountered a recording of Australian act Angus and Julia Stone’s “Chocolates and Cigarettes” and were so impressed by the production that they decided to contact the producer, Ian Pritchett (also producer and sometimes bassist with The Beautiful Girls).
Demos of the new material were duly sent to Australia. Ian loved the songs and agreed to come over to record the new album. With the support of Dubai-based Jump Media Production Company, the songs were recorded at Cape Towns SAE Institute studios. The recording sessions featured the cream of local musicians, with contributions by Brendon Bussy (mandolin), Dave Ferguson (Harmonica), Ross McDonald (trombone and horn arrangements), Lee Thompson (trumpet), Gene Kierman (aka Miss Texas 1977, French Horn) and Gustavo Fasani (Bandoneon). Some tracks were sent to London for overdubs by legendary ex-Durbanite Chris Letcher (synth woodwinds, brass, organ, etc.)
Guest Of My Feelings – Buy Album
Guest of my Feelings was recorded by Joe Arthur, whose credits include both recent Freshlyground albums, Tony Cox and Watershed (all SAMA winners in their respective categories). The album also features the thigh-slapping mandolin of Brendon Bussy and the beautifully subtle piano of Chris Letcher, who also adds backing vocals and a host of other obscure instruments to the mix.
The critics hailed Pocketsongs, a completely home recorded and self-financed offering, released towards the end of 2005, as an acoustic gem. With the addition of drummer Ross Campbell, the band was now complete. The album was recorded in Simon’s home in Observatory, produced by Dave Maclean, during the winter of 2005.
Simon’s first album, mostly recorded in Italy, using very basic gear, with overdubs later added in Cape Town with the help of bassist Eric Michot and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ben Amato. The last 4 tracks were recorded and produced by Ben Amato.