Wednesday, 29 August 2012

'FiWT' Reviews - Part 2

No sooner had I posted "two of my personal favourite reviews" for 'Faith In Worthless Things' than another bunch cropped up, and boy they are pretty special!

I'd like to highlight two more here, the first of which is a wonderfully detailed and insightful essay by Misfit City lead writer Dann Chinn, who really gets under the skin of the album. This goes way beyond the average review, and Dann at times gets eerily close to my thinking in his analysis of the work. WIth writing as good as this you could do far worse than spend a few minutes absorbing Dann's take on the work. (And while you're there check out some of the equally enjoyable critiques of other interesting work).

It's difficult to pull out a single quote to sum up this meticulous review, so instead I'll take a snippet of his analysis of the title track:

"It’s the heart of the album and the song that binds everything together – including Lee’s divided impulses as skilled producer, exploring songwriter and man with a heart. Affection and anger, dislocation and commonality, families and strangers, nature and the grind, all linked under a lovingly gilded arch of strings, soft voices and soundscapes."

To read the full article please click on the screenshot image below...

Following this epic is a shorter though nonetheless well written and enthusiastic review by musician, blogger, and all-round good guy Will Cruttenden, (who also records under the name Spingere).

Here's a snippet:

"Lee has achieved a dream. To make an album of songs which engage the brain and the heart. He has made his own template and he has bothered to sweat the little details as much as the big ones. Most importantly, when the time came to find the right singer, he asked his wife."

Check out the whole thing by clicking the pic below...

As I write this blog update two more reviews (one in German, and another in Italian) have crossed my 'desk'... With a little help from Google Translate I can see that these are both super-favourable articles - Hooray! I'll try to get more reliable (i.e.human) translations and will post in due course...

Also, over the next couple of weeks I'll add the text of most 'FIWT' articles to the Reviews page on this very site, which is currently home to a few select 'Propeller' write-ups.

Lee x

Monday, 27 August 2012

'FiWT' Reviews | Radio | Feedback

The early reviews of 'Faith In Worthless Things' have been universally positive, which is genuinely heartwarming I must say. I've said before that I don't really consider critical reaction when creating the work, nonetheless after signing-off a project (especially one as personal as this) it's uplifting to know that it touches people's hearts :-) Here are two of my personal favourites to date:

First-up is this offering by BBC producer and freelance writer Chris Jones, who says:

“FIWT has a rawness and honesty that's at odds with its polished outer shell, but which makes it far more worthy than 99% of what crosses my desk these days. We need to be thankful that work this beautiful still gets made.”

Click on the image below for the full article...

US broadcaster (Progopolis radio show) and author Vince Font generously describes the album as:

“A collection of songs with lyrics deep enough to be considered poetry and arrangements rich enough to make George Martin pitch an envious fit.”

Again, click on the image below to access Vince's full review...

Furthermore, I was recently the Friday night guest on Vic Morgan's BBC Radio programme 'The Late Show'. Vic kindly gave over 30 minutes of his show to chat with me and played a track from the album. A recording of this interview is now available via my Soundcloud page... He graciously described me as "one of the talented musicians we are lucky to have in Devon. An artist not afraid to push those musical boundaries."

Radio slots on various stations are currently being booked... Keep an eye on my official Facebook page for the most up-to-date info :-)

Finally, here are a handful of instant reactions from a selection of all-important listeners / customers:

“Incredible production, gorgeous vocals (by all involved), impeccable instrumentation, and heavy lyrics. There's nothing here not to love.”

“After first listening the word 'incredible' comes to my mind... There is no weak track on the album. Hooray!”

"The best song-based album I've heard in years".

“Stunning! Tempts and delights the ears. The production is amazing! There is range and my ears love it as the 'norm' for production today is 100% all the time.”

“It's going to take many listenings to fully absorb all the nuances. It's a bit like a sculpture where you have to walk round and examine from all sides, step closer, step away, reach out and touch.”

“Oh man, it's happening again! Listening to 'Faith In Worthless Things' for about the seventh time today. Must be the best album of the year 2012 (at least so far)!”

"It's the kind of richly textured, thoughtful, properly adult and rewarding art-pop which deserves so much more than to be hidden away in a cul-de-sac with a pocket audience."

A massive thank you to everyone who has purchased the album so far, and there are quite a few of you! Despite still being in 'soft release' mode (with minimal marketing) the orders are steadily coming in which is hugely gratifying. Each and every fresh order gives me/us a real boost as it's our aim to share the work with as many people as possible :-)

Lee x

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Long Time No Updates...

Has it really been three months since I last blogged? Well quite clearly it has ;-) My 'excuse' is that I've been finishing my album, and dealing with all the business stuff that comes with a major (for me) release...

Since announcing the associated PledgeMusic campaign on the 18th May things went a little crazy. But good 'crazy'. We hit our initial figure within seven days, and wrapped-up the project with a healthy 167% of target achieved. Heartfelt thanks to all who generously supported this venture :-) It's clear to me that the crowd sourcing model works, and is likely to be a major player in independently produced work for some time. This is good for both artists and audience.

Over the next few days I shall update this site with fresh reviews, articles, and news. But in the meantime you can stream (and purchase if you wish) the album via the embedded Bandcamp player to the right of this page... Visit the official store for full details and images of the beautiful physical CD packages:

All the best,

Lee x