EP Recording Diary: Session Five

Recording an EP session five – 31/1/15

Back in the beautiful Kings Heath with the brilliant Michael Clarke.  Today was all about vocals; I completed multiple vocal takes for all the songs on the EP.  I sang for five hours straight, with only the occasional tea break.  Singing for that long makes you feel high, It was lovely.

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EP Recording Diary: Session Three

EP Session Three – 24/1/15

We started work on another new song today at Michael’s studio,  it’s called ‘More than a dream’ for now.  I recorded some vintage sounding acoustic guitar through a lovely ribbon mic and a gorgeous analogue Neve channel strip (I am a non-apologetic audio geek..deal with it).  Michael built a glitchy groove for me to use as a click track – but we love it, and it’s staying. I fell off the dry January wagon after the session it went so well.  Back in tomorrow…photo(4)

 

EP Recording Diary: Session Two

Recording an EP session two – 15/1/15                                                                                                           Today I recorded three piano songs.  It was a busy day in the studio with Michael Clarke.  Working titles are as follows:                                                                                                                     ‘Bad bad feeling in my heart’, ‘Good man’ and ‘Dance all night’.

We had wonderful fun.

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EP Recording Diary: Session One

Recording an EP session one – 12/1/15
I started recording some new material today with producer and friend Michael Clarke. In the first session we worked on a song we co-wrote called ‘Trembling Heart’ and an instrumental track called ‘Scene’.
It’s great to be back in the studio…..
Here is a photo of Michael playing the piano on ‘Trembling Heart’

Michael at the piano - Session one

Kirstie Allsopp.

The studio sessions for my forthcoming album continue this weekend with two full days of recording.

My head is so full of great new music, I have only just discovered the Brooklyn based band The National, I appear to be very late arriving at this particular musical station, they’ve blown my head apart, their music has everything I love – melancholy (bucket loads of the ruddy stuff), melody, heart and oddness.  Their song ‘Fireproof’ is so beautiful both musically and lyrically.

I‘m really looking forward to getting back in the studio, I just know we’re in the middle of creating something beautiful, I feel I’m getting somewhere close to what I want to create…it’s taken a long time….It’s a process I suppose, a life long process and every so often you stop that process and let people listen to your latest bag of notes.

As I sit and do my best to write this blog with our ten-week-old Nancy in my arms watching my wife decoupage yet another piece of perfectly good furniture (That Kirstie Allsopp has much to answer for!)…I’m excited for tomorrow; I’ll be recording vocals on three new songs; The Weight of Expectation, Lisbon Harbor and The Unassuming start.  I’m really proud of these new songs, the challenge now is to make them special in recorded form.

Right, nice to chat I’m off to listen to ‘Fireproof’ again!

Love

CT x