Aaaaah. It's the Bee Gees. Being murdered.

Had band members Michael Kirkland and Ben Woollacott round to do some recording yesterday. We had a lot of fun putting down three part harmonies on a few tracks for the new album. I guess we thought we were being the Beatles on 'Because' or The Beach Boys on 'Pet Sounds' but listening back like we were being more like the Bee Gees really, only sans medallions and sexy outfits and being murdered.

You can watch the quite amusing results here. First you hear the ungodly sound of us singing alone at the start of the video, and then at the end you'll get to hear the track with all our ahem, bits put together.

Saxophones in the studio

A lot of instruments, including some fairly obscure ones, have ended up on my recordings. But one instrument that hasn't (somewhat surprisingly) is the saxophone. So imagine my delight when it turns out that my good friend and fellow Hackney-ite Michael Kirkland turns out to be a very soulful sax player. Had to have him round to blow some notes all over some of my new stuff.

Do take a listen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9SgzrQUW_M (or if you're via player below).

New mini-documentary about Twisted City

I've gone all 'Behind The Music' and put together a little video about the making of Twisted City. This is maybe a little self-indulgent, as I can't say Q or Mojo regularly include it in their top 100 albums of all time, but I know that there is a little band of Twisted-City lovers out there, and this video is for them. It's got commentary about the recording of the album, tracks, and photos that I haven't put online before. Plus a truckload of bad haircuts.

The video can be watched at http://www.youtube.com/embed/1l8n9RLLcdg

Trumpets!

This video diary experiment I'm doing with the recording sessions for my new album continues...I recently had a very talented trumpeter (and recipient of a 5 star Guardian review for his most recent album) called Andre Canniere around recently, to put down some brass on a track called Anyone Can Be a Star. We tracked him about 16 times, playing exactly the same parts, and we ended up with a pretty beefy trumpet solo.

You can take a look at us recording said trumpets here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RNK0GCXq2k

Enjoy...

Recording a gospel choir - with one singer

I've been working with an excellent singer called John Gibbons now for a number of years; he's incredible. I had him round to record some backing vocals for some new tracks the other day, and as part of this whole video diary thing I'm making, I shot some footage.

As you'll see from the video below, John is a one-man gospel choir, and a great one at that.

You can take a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cfhB5Qm3iE - enjoy.