I have two brand new singles coming out on 20th November, and you can hear them right now on the front page of my website: www.redstencil.com.
New Year is a hopeful alt-pop song taken from the forthcoming Protagonist EP. Following a difficult few years where it seemed impossible to write anything but melancholy songs I set myself a New Year's Resolution in Jan 2015 to 'write some happier songs'. I started writing the song New Year on the 1st of January and after a faltering process I completed it earlier this year. I also rediscovered my love of electric guitar during the process, which will now feature heavily on the Protagonist EP :-)
In Sickness is taken from the forthcoming acoustic What Remains EP. The song is an honest and sometimes unsettling account of my recent personal circumstances. It was recorded at the Burrow Bournemouth in the fine company of in-house producer Matt and black lab Spencer. I played acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, piano and cornet, and thumped a bass drum. I programmed the strings in a wonderful iOS app called Thumbjam.
I hope you enjoy the songs :-)
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!