Early Or Late Cover

New album ‘Early or Late’ and new single.

Early or Late is the title of the new album following after the 2018 release of ‘Piano & Guitar, vol. II’. The album contain 14 new recorded songs and were mastered by Sterling Sound’s Randy Merrill. The album cover is 70’s inspired, containing a drawing by Heath Robinson that originally appeared on the sheet music album “Forest Fantasies” by Walter Carroll in the early 20th century.

Listen to Forest Fantasies

The nucleus of the album evolves around a number of songs that were already composed between mid 1980 and early 1983. The original demo’s of these compositions can be listened to on Soundcloud.

Listen on Soundcloud

Some of the album’s songs follow rather exact the original composition, like Where Are You Now?, Angel and Tonight. Others may be less recognisable. In some cases the songs are containing now two parts to mark the difference of ‘early’ versus ‘late’, as can be heard on Love Me and Stop & Whistle.

The album opens with a new song, Early or Late. It deals with aspects of youth versus the process of ageing. It contains references to the current difficulties in the world during the corona pandemic. The song Early or Late is also be available in a special remixed edit version with a more intense synthesised feel and beat.

Like the previous album Piano & Guitar, Vol. II the acoustic and electric guitar have an important role on the album. Many songs have an acoustic country pop feel like Sing On and Dear Girl. The music has lots of variety where moods can quickly change like in the song sequence where the intensive Where Are You Now? is followed by a new wave oriented tune (I Beg You) then again followed by a more fragile electric guitar piece (Afterthought). New elements on the album are the introduction of the ukelele on the instrumental version of Dear Girl and the use of extended harmony vocals on Here She Comes.

Synthesizers used: Moog Voyager, Korg MS-20 mini, Sequential OB-6, Roland JX-3P, Arturia Matrixbrute and Roland JU-06. Electric guitars: Gibson ES-335DT, Gibson Custom RD, Kala KA-SA-TE-C Acacia Tenor Ukelele. Software synthesizers used: Spectrasonics Keyscape, Omnisphere 2, Arturia Mellotron V, Arturia Emulator II V (amongst many others). The album was recorded between February and May 2021.

The album and single will be available the second half of July through Spotify and other streaming services.

Analog Reality 1986: The Right Way

‘The Right Way’ is the final release in a series of 3 albums that focus on music produced in the mid-1980’s, after ‘Analog Reality 1984: Dreams and Come Trues’ and ‘1985: Cosmic Connection’.

The title of the album refers to the first commercial release in 1986, a cassette album with 20 minutes of music. Besides the title track also the songs ‘A Little Bit Longer Everyday’, ‘A Romance Waltz’ and ‘Bridge’ were part of that cassette. ‘Bridge’ was also featured on the 2004 Anthology album ‘Almost Lost’ as was the ballad ‘You’, both songs being now labeled with a ‘2020 Remix’ tag with a superior mix compared to that on the 2004 album.

The original cover of the 1986 ‘The Right Way’ cassette

The 1984 and 1985 album saw the first journeys -and discoveries- into the world of multitrack recording. By 1986 the possibilities of the -then- modern studio technologies were taken to the next level. The experience in composing, arranging and recording over the past years showed off in strong confidence and direction. The opening track ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ is a convincing statement showing how the studio tools were mastered. Throughout the album a consistent -yet still modest- set up was used. The DX-7 and TX-7 were the core of the synthesised sounds, while TR-707 and Simmons drums laid out a solid rhythm base. The role of the guitar was minimal: only the Beatlesque ballad ‘Hey Girl’ was mainly build around the guitar as a lead instrument.

The big step up was without any doubt the introduction of the Tascam 246 as a recording device. Although limited to 4 tracks, the music saw a steep quality increase compared to the Fostex X-15 that was used on the previous 1984 and 1985 albums.

Tascam 246, the device used to record ‘The Right Way’

‘Pretty Nurse’ is an interesting song that shows a different type of sounds that Yamaha’s FM synthesis was able to produce compared to what usual is being associated with FM synthesis, giving the song an almost psychedelic rock-like qualities. Nevertheless it is not difficult to understand why ‘The Right Way’ is the key song of the selection. Through it use of the QX-7 sequencer and sequenced drum sounds it was a spectacular example of how ambitions and the ability to realize them had grown over the past 2 years. Compare this song to the first song of the 1984 album ‘Anyway You Want Me To’ to understand how fast this development had gone.

The album finishes with ‘So Little We Know’ an unfinished recording from 1986 now finished with the Dolceola as the main lead instrument with a sound recoginzable from the music of Ennio Morricone. The final song ‘The Sweetest Girl’ is a segment from a short demo, demonstrating the process of composing a song.