Russell's Teapot EP
Eyes To The Sky
A four track purely acoustic EP
I normally think about the concept of my records very intensely...
The concept behind the debut album "Media Ghost" was all about the perception you omit of yourself in social media, work place, friends, playing with the idea that the person you portray is often very different to the reality etc. I used that idea to present the set of songs as an extension of myself.
The "Butterflymind EP" was documenting a dark time of misunderstanding and confusion in a relationship and my most self absorbed recording, the concept was my decline i guess!!!
"The Garden" was my most concise concept in that the tracks were linked together with sound collages signifying certain references, lyrics and moods of the songs. Leaping from fact to fiction, nature to nurture, it told the story of my life at that point.
"Panic Moon" was a nod to my love of sixties psychedelia and documents a more optimistic time but with added paranoia that came from other sources than my usual style of writing.
For this EP there was no hectic pre-planning at all and its just me and my acoustic (well not my acoustic, the producers acoustic which i must try and get my hands on it... was a Martin). I was playing with my band The Watchmen before Christmas constantly thinking about the fuller band sound and how best to represent the songs and over that period, "Weird Science" and "I Alone" were written at this time, using the ideal of how i used to write. I didn't think about anything else other than the track. Just writing for the chase of completing a great song. They had no link to each other they were just songs that i was pleased with. Then after the gig and the Christmas rush died down i wrote the other two "Memory Maze" and "Eyes to the sky" with no notion of what i was going to do with them or concept or plan.
I wanted to record an acoustic EP as id never actually done one! Even though live im predominantly the solo songwriter troubadour type character, the records have a completely different feel. I wanted to go back to just writing songs with the acoustic guitar being everything.
I had someone in mind to produce the songs as i wanted to keep away from the whole process of recording them. I wanted a fresh take as i would do exactly what id done previous, end up making them bigger production or getting the same sound. So i contacted Guy Guyngell and we had a chat and arranged to work together. Guy was a pleasure to work with and has bat ears for a great vocal sound which is something i was looking for. www.ggmusicandaudio.com
I had an incline he was going to understand me musically but i also wanted him to have control over what he was doing without me butting in every 5 mins.
I Alone was always intended to be a duet and if you listen to the lyrics it was written with that in mind. Leonie Tremain singer in http://www.facebook.com/tremainmusic has done a fantastic job and with her the song really comes to life, its a heartbreaking story with her voice on it. She was the right lady for the job :-) she was singing for about 5 mins....One take wonder!
Im not going to discuss what the songs are about on here, thats quite laborious to read in a blog but maybe its better that like that anyway....
The whole thing has been painless and a pleasure to make. Simple, beautifully recorded, acoustic songs.
http://soundcloud.com/andrewfostermusic/sets/russells-teapot-ep/ LISTEN HERE
The EP will be available to buy on the first of March with a physical copy available on here soon and at the Havant Arts Centre gig..
Thursday 12th April 2012:
The Spring Arts Centre
So with no concept...why the name Russell's Teapot?....
I guess theres always going to be a concept or a nod to something...