Album Review…Leonard's Lair
"a true original; creating oddly-structured songs and turning them into multi-layered, dreamy, wonderful tunes."
… lovely album review words from Leonard Lair. Go Read: https://leonardslair.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/review-lukas-creswell-rost-go-dream/
Time for some bossa
Hurrah for radio play! Smallest Things on BBC Radio 6 Music courtesy of Stuart Maconie! I've been a long time listener of his shows so a treat to get some airplay treatment. From about 39mins:
New live video
It's been two years in the can now but finally great to have this film finished and airing exclusively with the good folk at Monolith Cocktail. March 2012 I got together with film maker Bruno Derksen with the aim of setting up an intimate environment to make a concert film of me playing stripped back versions of songs I had at the time - which eventually evolved into the versions I had on the 'Go Dream' album. With extra lighting, a smoke machine, several camera people and a willing audience it turned out as you see here. Massive thanks to Bruno for seeing through in is usual brilliance.
Watch it exclusively with Monolith Cocktail here:
Detuning some soprano sax. #cassette
Finally trying to get to grips with my lapsteel today #newcountrydirection: https://vine.co/v/OjBA1QqXIVu
I'm reviewed in this month's Sound On Sound magazine! Well isn't that good!!? With James Yates, aka Seamajesty, providing the drums. Been a long time reader of the magazine for loads of recording tips and tricks so especially nice to be included. A superb start to the year.
Top of the '2014 albums' Pops
'Go Dream' is in the 'choice' list of 2014 LPs/EPs and reissues from the good guys at Monolith Cocktail…tops! I'm in fine company here:
Recording 'Go Dream'
So it's done. The big bastard album I had been working on for a few years is done. Uploaded to the great cloud in the sky and pressed into vinyl. The recording plan somewhat spiralled out of control early on. To start with I only intended to record an EP of a handful of songs I had in 'stripped back arrangements'… but the more I worked on them, the more I wanted to give them the full monty treatment and do them justice. This 'justice of sound' I had in my head would require one thing I couldn't do. Drums. Thankfully I knew a bloody excellent drummer by name of James Yates, who I had been in a band with previsouly - that band in question going by the name The Pattern Theory.
With him onboard it was time to get serious. I began sometime in very late December 2012, sending over some basic versions for James to record drums to. This first set of drums were done over the Christmas period of 2012 / 2013, with another drum-a-thon session taking place in May 2013. Then throughout 2013 I worked and worked and worked on the songs and arrangements. Moments of excitement and track breakthroughs swiftly followed by large swathes of mundane tasks and self doubt… all the time asking myself "is it done yet?" Eventually recording blended into mixing and some sort of conclusion was reached by early January 2014. Then came a bout of mastering led by the fantastic Arnold Kasar, and bang!… off it went to the vinyl plant.
Needless to say, the approach I took of recording and mixing mostly everything myself in my 'home studio' was not without its problems. Finding the quiet moments free from neighbourly and street noise, fighting the acoustics of an untreated room with sleeping bags and materials, endless back-and-forthing of mic placements (watch out for that phasing!) and the cabin fever being of cooped up with only yourself and your own company; are all part of the fun of the solo home recordist. All the more satisfaction for nailing the bastard down. I'm happy with it. Time for the next one.
Here's some pics I found of the whole procedure:
Go Dream review on Monolith Cocktail
A glowing review from Monolith Cocktail on my album Go Dream.
"Lukas pays homage to the lost art of the LP, every action considered and purposeful."
Excellent! Read more here: