We're mixing the tracks right now for then new album, and so far what we have is excellent. I want to thank you all for your patience and as a way of making it up to you, all pledgers will receive 5 bonus tracks through Pledge Music as downloads.
Three of them you will not have heard before at all, some of you will not know any of them. You will know "Julie London" (maybe) as it was a single, but got lost in the noise. It's one of my faves - when we were recording it, we also recorded "Word from the Wind". You can hear the similarities in the sound and the instrumentation, with the famous Knox Chandler on guitar and Van Romaine on drums, Michael Golub engineering. I would be proud to put either of these tracks on an album.
"Future Dwellers" is a home demo that I think I wrote around the financial crisis - there is something that I like about it, but didn't think it would fit on my albums. That happens (a lot, really). "Never Really Here" is a track that was fully recorded for "Songs for a Verry Small Orchestra" and didn't fit in the end. "All We Want for Christmas" is a Christmas song that I did for charity a while back. I was in Wexford a lot at the time and my friend Mick Egan had a little studio around the corner, I wrote this about the whole X Factor stuff when they audition (and abuse) talentless people who just want to be famous - they don't feel anything other than their personality is necessary, just that want! The song started small and just got bigger and bigger - in the end we used a 40 piece male choir from Wexford “The Wexford Male Voice Choir” and members of a popular vocal group called Valda. Mick Egan (a tireless enthusiast) hauled his studio to the choir’s rehearsal room on a cold dark Monday night and, with Ger Lawlor conducting, we captured their intro.
I hope you enjoy these tracks, and thank you so much for your support. If you have already pledged for the album, you'll have received an email from Pledge Music with a link to the campaign page on Pledge where you can download them. If you haven't pledged already but want to get these tracks as well as the new album, you can click on the link below.
Just to reiterate, the new album " Love Can't Always Be Articulate" is to be released March 1st - I will mail you all your incentives (T shirts, CD's lyrics etc) before that. Don’t forget to share the weekly blog “Monday Morning Milk” about living in the crazy East Village. I'll also be participating in the First Songs of the Season event on December 5th at the Gustavus Adolphus church in Manhattan, where I recorded the new album. I hope to sing some songs from the album - you can get more information here.