After what seems like an absolute age of work and waiting, 'The Ghost Months Vol. 2' is finally finished and available for your listening and purchasing pleasure!
This record has been the most ambitious and certainly most logistically complicated thing I've ever undertaken, and quite possibly the hardest thing I've ever done. I've gone between feeling like an absolute smug genius to hating every lyric many times over, sometimes in the course of the same afternoon, but as of right now I couldn't be prouder of what Mike and I (and everyone else involved) have created.
Speaking of my good friend Mike Malyan, if you're wondering why this record sounds so much better than the last one it is all down to him. He's the reason Vol. 1 sounded acceptable with his amazing mastering job, and when he agreed to produce and mix (as well as lend his considerable drumming and keyboarding talent to) Vol. 2 for me way back in early March last year, I don't know if he knew quite what he had agreed to do, and it's been a year-long learning experience for the both of us. But I think he still likes me even after all I put him through, so we're all good.
A few more quick thank-yous:
- Samuel Rowe, for his absolutely stunning string arrangements that completely lift every second of audio they grace with their presence. Also Izzy Jones for stepping in on viola/violin at the last minute.
- Darius Timmer of Tiny Tiger Studios, for doing an incredible job mastering, despite complete lack of notice and being paid peanuts.
- Martha Paton, for lending her voice. If you haven't heard Martha's music you must do yourself a favour, she's one of my favourite songwriters and just a lovely person. I've been playing on her records for years and I'm just glad the stars aligned in such a way that she could return the favour.
Last but so far from least, my artistic collaborator and inspiration (and another very good friend), Bruno Querci. The full extent of his influence and impact on this recording will have to be the subject of another blog post, however, because frankly I'm ready to take a nap now that this is all done, and then start preparing my flat for the launch tomorrow!
YOU CAN BUY THE EP / SONGBOOK (again, more on that later) USING THE 'BUY' LINK AT THE TOP OF THE SITE
Thank you so much for listening and caring even a little bit, it means so so much to me. Enjoy Vol. 2 :)