Like A Praying Mantis – NEW TRACK

Like A Praying Mantis – NEW TRACK

Yes, another new track. After the whimsical dreamscape of Fantasy, I figured I’d stick to the theme of vivid dreaming, but get a bit shadier.

Like A Praying Mantis was another track written within 10 minutes of waking up after a very lucid dream. A bit darker though, with a bit more narrative. I remember waking up in my dream, having sex with this chick, right, and her head just falls off. Like, it just fell off. No blood or anything, her neck just inverted into an anus like crease inbetween her shoulders. I was a bit confused, as you would be, but I just carried on. Only for like, a few seconds mind you. It wasn’t particularly comfortable (nor comforting when I woke up and reflected).
In panick of thinking I would be blamed, I grabbed her head and popped it in a plastic bag, which I would proceed to take with me to the top of a long garden. Or try.
Two cat-sized chameleons, very colourful in turquoise and flourescent shades of pink and green, were blocking my way. You’d think I’d be able to walk over them, but alas, I was struck with panick. I returned to the bedroom, head-filled plastic bag in hand, and found the body missing, in exchange for a friend of mine that I know to be a mutual sufferer of depression rocking on the floor crying.

I think this is where I woke up in a cold sweat.

Surreal indeed. Have a listen to what my musical output made of it!

H.S.

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WAVES – How will it work?

You may have noticed that I’m releasing a lot of music recently, well, there is a reason. Neigh, it is not blind marketing, but strategic marketing. It all ties in with the WAVES launch, and here’s how.
WAVES will be an extremely customisable album; You’ll have the option of choosing the artwork on the CD, as well as the track listings! Let alone that, each album comes with a unique, hand written pun.
Now, I couldn’t do this if you didn’t know the tracks could I? So, every week running up to the launch of WAVES, I’ll be releasing a brand new, or re-produced track!

So, here’s how it’s all going to work:

Step one – Choose your track listing:

I’ve always been a big fan of giving the customer exactly what they want, even if it means I have to go the extra mile, so with WAVES, I am offering people the opportunity to hand pick their very own track listing for the album! With a selection of 30 original pieces (all listed in the contact form at the bottom of this post).
Of course, being me, the selection consists of blues, jazz, ska, folk, rap, orchestral electronic, maths and of course experimentalism, so you have plenty to choose from!
All of the tracks will be released as singles on my Bandcamp page over the coming weeks, so if you’re unsure what songs you want then you can have browsing listen.

Step two – Choose your artwork:

I’m sure by now you’ve seen my array of CD designs. Sadly, hand drawing hundreds of CDs is very energy and time consuming, and I doubt I’d be able to make it viable hand drawing each one, so instead I’ll be replicating a selection of deigns for you to choose from. Batch by batch, I’ll be progressing through the 20 odd designs. The first batch include Chameleon, Elephants and Vulture. With some special exceptions.

Step three – Collect your album:

Sadly, I can’t currently afford to invest in proper payment options or forms for you to complete & pay online right now, so the first stockpile will ONLY be available at the album launch at The Soundhouse on 28th December (get it in your diaries!). The albums will cost £12 each, cash only (or Paypal options if you contact me before 30th November. Leave a comment in your submission if preferred).

If you want a copy of WAVES, simply use the contact form attached to at the bottom of this post, list your 10 tracks, name your preferred album artwork, and confirm your attendance to the launch party at The Soundhous, Leicester on 28th December, 2017. Again, feel free to contact me if you wish to pay in advance via Paypal

I would like to remind you this is an exclusive opportunity, as time goes on I will simply release a 10-track album on random artworks, so will you NOT have the customisable option forever!

All submissions must be in by 8th December.

Sincerely

H.S.

 

 

 

FANTASY – NEW TRACK

As with Caravan O’Funk, this was the 2nd release chosen by a Facebook vote. So, Facebookers, here’s your slow-funk psych-folk!

The song was written about a dream. Apparently, you can only vividly see faces and people that you have had a significant or personal experience or knowledge of in reality. So, waking up in a hot sweat after one of those 5 second vivid dreams where I saw the beautiful face of a complete stranger was both daunting and inspiring. So, naturally, I wrote a song. Have a listen here!

H.S.

Robert J. Hunter

Robert J. Hunter

Coming up on October 5th, I’ll be supporting Robert J. Hunter at The Musician!

An inredible venue, and a prolific artist. The voice of a heartbroken overdrive pedal, and guitar skills of an acoustic blues meastro.
Me & George will be supporting the Robert J. Hunter band alongside Jesse Wright Band, another incredible Leicester based singer songwriter with the soulful voice of rhaspy passion.

Be sure to get your tickets soon, as they WILL sell out!

Get more information here on the Facebook event page.

CD designs!

So with all the music I’m putting out, I figured it’s about time you saw the artwork!

The first batch will be the above 3 designs; the chameleon, the elephant, and the vulture!

Once the opportunity to customise your own album is over (February 2018) I will be appropriating tracks to album illustrations, like so…

Chameleon 
Chameleons are inspiring creatures. Their ability to adapt and camouflage, for self defense and even emotional display. Their independent eyes view more than we can fathom possible at any given time. The track I’ll be putting on this album are those of heart-on-sleeve emotions, of unique cold blooded nature, and above all personal change and development.
Songs include: Hide & Seek, Be My Slave, The Apocalypse Will Eat Itself, Caravan O’Funk, Fantasy, Aftertaste, Serotonin Swamp, Lost Ground, Umbrella, Pirate Song.

Elephants
As the old saying goes; an elephant never forgets. The tough skinned, relentless creatures travel for miles for water. Their brains are the largest in the animal kingdom, but even with all that intellect, their eyes are still small and their vision isn’t their strongest trait. Tracks on this album will be of the stoic persona, of constant ambition and drive, of intellect and strong will, and of mistakes.
Songs include: Baby Don’t You Cry, Shanty, Sleep, Daydreamin’, Autumn Land, Slow Me Down, To The Grave, Story of I, Dolls, The One.

Vulture
Fascinating creatures, vultures. Adaptable and found across the globe in various environments,  feeding in wakes and flying in kettles. They’re weak legged, but have strong senses. As scavengers, they’re patient and content. The tracks on the Vulture album will feature the darker side of lyrical content – more desperation and shame, as well as the juxtaposed pride and self centeredness.
Songs include: Like a Praying Mantis, I Killed A Fly Today, Worm Right Through, Constellations, Burrowed In, When I Grow Up I Wanna Be A Self Saboteur, Lonely Man Blues, Cave Art, Whiskey & Cigarettes, Fairy Tale.

 

Who knows, it’s likely that by February 2018 I’ll have many more tracks to share with you, so don’t set those tracklists in stone!
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H.S.