I'm not sure which of these is the the 'first album' and which is the 'second album'... This one, The Way Home, is much closer to my own first inclination for which tracks should make 'the cut' from the 3 hours of music I recorded on the journey to where we are now. But then, when I handed the whole lot over to my co-producer, Sue Edwards, she chose a list that only had 2 tracks from my main list on it. A Crack Where The Light Gets In is an amazingly coherent journey, I'm so glad I asked for her help, cos it's not a record I'd have ever put together in that way. And what's more, it left me free to still do 'the other album'. Which was the first one on my list... so, as you can see 'first/second' is not that easy to determine.
Suffice to say, this is a very different feeling record to A Crack Where The Light Gets In. It's got more ups and downs, a couple more surprises, perhaps? It ends with what is possibly my most listened to tune ever - Shut Out The World was the first thing I ever recorded for BassTheWorld.Com
- Gregor Fris' wonderful collection of YouTube videos by bassists. He plugged me into his laptop, with no pedals or anything, sat me outside at the Frankfurt Musikmesse and say 'play'. This is what came out.
The Way Home is also up on YouTube - go search for it. the video is just me recording this exactly as is. Because, as always, everything here is one take mostly-unedited and definitely no overdub performances. What you hear is what I did. The addition of the Keith McMillen Quneo for playing percussive and synth sounds has broadened the palette a little, but I think it's all still pretty obviously me. :)
I really hope you enjoy it. I'll be blogging the stories behind the titles, and will add those to the lyric fields as I go along - if you're using the Bandcamp app to listen, they'll pop up somewhere along the way.