NEW RELEASE ~ PULL IT TOGETHER
You know how some artists have lots of songs about love? Or sadness, or teenage angst? Well, for a while a lot of the songs I was writing were about confusion. Pull It Together is one of those songs. It describes feeling out of sync with yourself, and being very aware of that, but somehow not being able to.. well.. pull yourself together. But the undertone isn’t an anxious one: it’s almost bemused. Like taking a step back to look at your haggard self from a distance and being able to shake your head and chuckle: “Oh, would you look at the state of me.”
The track has gone through many different versions, it took a lot of fine-tuning to get the arrangement and the groove to sit exactly right. The writing process started with the bass-line, and then that one vocal hook: I don’t know why I can’t.. pull it together… pull it together. I loved the almost ecstatic panic of it, it feels like shouting from the rooftops: “I AM SO CONFUSED RIGHT NOW, HAHA!”
I laid the first full draft down in one day. I remember being super hungry but thinking: “No, finish the bridge first, then food.”
I guess the promise of dinner is a really strong motivational tool to finish stuff.
Later on in the process I got some of my band members into the studio to re-record guitar, drums and some of the key parts. For a few months I just continued honing the track between live shows and studio days, learning from how the track developed in live situations and bringing those changes back into the studio until it felt ready.
The artwork, though it’s an abstract piece, reflects the feeling of disjointedness in the lyrics. Those loose elements, floating around in space, kind of feel like they’ve just been catapulted out of a weird toy box. Like they’ve gone from a single matching unit to disarray, each element facing off in a different direction.
So I guess Pull It Together is an ode to those who sometimes find themselves a little overwhelmed.
Trust me, I know the feeling.
DEBUT EP ~ CHAIN REACTION
FOR YOUR EYES
AND YOUR EARS
THOUGHTS ON MAKING
“CHAIN REACTION” EP AND VIDEO
Someone is a celebration of creativity, identity and optimism. It’s about doing what you love and being who you are, regardless of what others may say. I took that mindset into the studio with me, which resulted in five tracks that are stylistically quite varied. Each song represents a different turning point or moment of realisation that helped me get through a rather rough patch in my life. And put together it feels like a coming of age.
I recorded it all in my home studio in Amsterdam, supported by my friend and fellow musician Sergio Escoda on two of the tracks. From grungy and rocky to mellow and chilled, my goal was to simply make the music I felt like making at the time and I hope this enjoyment and sense of looseness has managed to trickle its way down into the songs.
To support the individual characters of the tracks I put together a series of short films, in collaboration with brilliant filmmakers David Spearing and Elliott Arndt. Each film focusses on a new, eccentric ‘someone’. An outsider, in one way or the other.
For The Deep we follow an unhinged inventor who thinks he’s discovered a way to pause time. Say Something is an ode to the infomercial, and feels like a lost VHS ad for a couples-therapy dance course taught by love guru Svend Emil Jacobsen. With Forget Forgive I got to let my inner Blade Runner run free! It’s about the lone survivor of an intergalactic war and her epic last fight to survive.
The fourth and final film, Chain Reaction, is a surreal story about a struggling author who accidentally finds herself the subject of her next book. Because it’s set in the 1920s I really wanted to explore old-style filmmaking, so no green-screens or special effects!We actually built an entire set, inspired by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and early Burton work, placing the film in its own little abstract universe.