Friday, 25 May 2012
Charcoal - Speechless (undated)
This one is a real curiosity. One day, while Kirsty was off on a NZ tour with Alastair Galbraith and Roy Montgomery, I plugged my guitar straight into her cassette 4-track recorder and pretty much wrote a song per day for the next 2 weeks.
These songs, informed by nostalgia, longing and unutterable sadness, have been festering away in my subconscious for years. Sometimes I can’t even believe that I wrote them. ‘Amongst The Soil’, for example, still kills me with its wistful melody and wonky beats, while the title track is a completely unguarded love song, which is really universal.
The influence of NZ artists like Galbraith, Robert Scott, Peter Jefferies and Australia’s own Chris Smith is pretty obvious on these songs. I hope they don’t come across as too derivative though. This is the only album I’ve ever created on which I played every single note. For this reason alone, Speechless occupies a special place in my heart.
2. Speechless #1
3. I'll Set Fire
4. Speechless #2
5. On The Moon
6. Speechless #3
12. Speechless #4
13. Amongst The Soil