July 31, 2013
The new Kitchens of Distinction record is available for pre-order today from 3 loop music. And here’s the link, and here’s what I have to say about it.
Folly – Kitchens of Distinction
Not so much a reformation as a reconciliation. Reconciling the past with who we are now. That what we had to offer 20 years ago was actually worth making AND worth listening to. That all the frustrations, elations, regrets, and ambitious lustings are put behind us. Now it’s time to say “Again!” Not as a gigging band, but as a creative unit.
Not sitting in a hot practice room playing music, planning gigs, being drunkly young, but rather talking over tea, over Stratocasters, and over and over about what happened then, and what happens now.
It started with an idea. That me and Julian would write some new music together. No more than that. Nameless. Just see if was possible, and also fun. And it was possible, and it was fun. We wrote and wrote, and played and played, and over the course of 2 years shaped up ten songs that we were happy with.
I worked on the words and singing at my studio in Derbyshire. Played piano, keyboards, bass, guitars, and programmed lots of stuff. Julian worked in his studio in Brighton, recording his guitars, his sitars, his cello and his Stylophone. We met up three times over the months to make the whole cohesive. Dan dipped in briefly to add his rhythmic advice and some beautiful cymbal playing. And it sounded like Kitchens. And so it was christened.
And suddenly it was done.
Pascal Gabriel joined in, mixing the record in the first week of April 2013. He took our rough recordings and made them bigger, brighter, better.
I like what we have made. It isn’t a rehash of our old records, yet it still sounds like us. No escaping that then. There isn’t a “Third Time” or a “Drive That Fast”. Instead there’s an “I Wish It Would Snow” and a “Japan to Jupiter”.
Yes, it’s Folly to try again. Yes, it was Folly in the first place, the daft idea of a being in a band. But without this madness, how pale our lives would be. Without those strange useless Follies that dot Britain how plain the landscape would be. Folie á Deux – a medical condition where two people share the same psychotic delusion. Folie á Trois? What a marvelous crazed thing we have made, full of hope.
1/ Oak Tree
5/ Japan to Jupiter
7/ No Longer Elastic
8/ I Wish It Would Snow
9/ Tiny Moments, Tiny Omens
10/ The Most Beautiful Day
I’ll write more about the songs once the record is released.