The festive period has indeed crept upon us unsuspectingly. It is crazy to think that this time a year ago, I was frantically arranging the pressing and release of ‘Phases'; the year that has followed, has indeed been an intense ride of seeing the album sell in five continents, communicating with people all over the world about music, finishing a degree in university and returning to Cardiff to continue investing my time in a myriad of new things and looking to the future with a strong sense of optimism.
First of all, I would like to thank every one who has embraced Eden Shadow as a band, listened to what we do, bought our album and got in touch. It’s been an absolute pleasure to speak with so many people who have such a passion for music and I am honoured that there are people out there tuning into our music and enjoying it.
I am also pleased to announce that I’m graduating from the Academy Of Contemporary music with a first class honours. I spent a lot of this year working on my dissertation and this also involved creating an entire master score for a personal favourite of my tracks from Phases, ‘Hallucinogen’. I look to publish this for release at some point along with other tracks off the album.
As was announced earlier this year, Eden Shadow is very much in the process of writing the second album. I have spent the last few months of this year planning and arranging and I’m really looking forward to going into full production with the album in the new year.
Besides my work with Eden Shadow, I am thrilled to say I am in the beginnings of new collaborations and projects. Many I dare not fully mention of yet, but the new year promises to be a prolific one. In the meantime, I can announce that I have nearly finished a jazz album for publishing company Lark Recordings. The following is a recording of one of my favourite jazz standards, Beautiful Love.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone celebrating it a very merry Christmas and most certainly a prosperous new year!
Onwards with making music happen!
Some of my favourite things from the year
Imogen Heap – Sparks
Opeth – Pale Communion
Michael Casswell – Complaints about the noise
Paulo Nutini – Caustic Love
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
My Brightest Diamond – this is my hand
Guardians of the Galaxy
Game of Thrones Season 4