During the process of discussing, recording and launching the piano music I had written for the E.P. 'Little Moon Man' with Kit Downes, I feel we built a distinct and musically unified relationship that would have been wasted had it been limited to this one-off project. The pieces I had written for 'Little Moon Man' had been composed before I had even had the idea of collaborating with Kit.
For ‘Alive With Closed Eyes’ I composed with Kit in mind. I feel that the result offers something very different to the last set of music i wrote. I left a lot more space for Kit to play with and was a little more open with my harmonic choices, however still very direct in the architecture of the music and how i wanted it to feel.
A lot of people have asked me why I haven’t recorded these compositions myself. I feel that there is something very fresh and innocent about having somebody else playing and interpreting your music.. Kit brings something to the music from his own experiences and imagination that is different from my own. There is a transference of energy; by letting go of my material and allowing somebody else to experiment with it, a gap opens up between what I have written and what Kit discovers. Something fresh and alive is born.
Kit Downes as a pianist and composer has been very influential to me in my ongoing journey as a musician and i’m honored to work with such a gifted artist. I urge you to listen to his music and I look forward to working with Kit in the near future.
I must also thank incredible artists and friends Matthew Evans (Snowskull) and Sophie Thomas for their beautiful artwork that they painted for me after hearing the music.
A huge thanks to a very gifted sound engineer and sound artist Alex Killpartick who engineered, mixed and mastered this EP.
Thanks to my friends and family for their love and support. Tom, Lewis, Jack, Scott, Josh, Reuben, Tat, Emily, Joe, Lauren, Natalia, Ashleigh, Lloyd, Matt, ... x
‘Alive With Closed Eyes’ was born out of the journey of love and grief I have experienced since my father passed away in October 2012. This album is dedicated to him and my extraordinary mother.