You may be wondering what on earth has happened to the new album I’ve been
banging on about for the last couple of years?! Well here it is:
I think it’s time for an explanation...
Throughout 2011, I wrote and demoed lots of songs for a prospective new album. I
really enjoyed this process. I have never before had the luxury of so much time to
concentrate solely on being creative. Most of my days that year were spent doing
what I’m supposed to be doing, developing my music by honing and crafting new
In January 2012, I began recording them with my long time friend and collaborator,
producer Matt Butler, whose CV reads like a roll call of many of the industry’s
biggest names, including none other than Sir Paul McCartney - I am always humbled
to work with Matt! We recorded much of the album - acoustic and electric guitars,
vocals, cello (Beth Porter) and piano (Morg Morgan) - at Matt’s house in
Herefordshire. The album has a full band sound and the drums (Alex Thomas) and
bass (Steve Amadeo) were recorded at the famous Rockfield Studios in
Monmouthshire, in the middle of last year.
Once the recording stage was completed, Matt enlisted Jon Kelly, famed for his
production work with Kate Bush, to mix the album. I was staggered by Jon’s
wonderful contribution. It only remained for Dick Beetham to master the record
whilst my good friend, the talented graphic designer Amanda Duffin of Eleven08,
created another stunning cover incorporating, this time, the fantastic colour
illustrations of Hannah Porter and the photography of Jesse Davey (The Hoax).
So why the delay? On listening back to the finished album, I was struck by how
different it is from my previous recordings. It has a very English flavour to it, as
opposed to the heavily American influenced sounds present on previous albums. As a
consequence of this, I decided to release the album as an entirely separate side-
project, under a different name.
The project is called Kinver and the album, ‘The Stone House’. I am extremely
pleased with it, and very proud of it. I really hope you are going to like it. You can
discover more about Kinver at
www.kinvermusic.com, www.facebook.com/KinverMusic, www.twitter.com/kinvermusic.
Here is a link to a short promotional video for the album to whet your appetite:
‘The Stone House’ is officially released on Monday 19th August, but you can get
hold of a copy of the album, priced at a very reasonable £10 plus p&p, right now: