Some Things Are Like Other Things is out today
12 songs about curiosity, loss, change, mental health and Olivia Colman
Start typing Morley, come on, anything.
Release days are a cocktail of emotions made by an amateur lockdown hobbyist mixologist.
There’s curiosity about whether people will like it, pride at all the bits I love, regret at the bits I would change, memories of making it, wild panic as I try to promote it without really understanding the tools of modern promotion, serenity that it’s only an album and whatever happens I’ll get to make more, and that ever-present semi-delusional artistic force that is convinced my best work still lies ahead of me.
Let’s start with a link to listen the record, that's promotion basics:
There are many platforms to choose from. If I may play waiter for a moment whilst leaning over you to point at the menu, the Bandcamp page is particularly in season for signed CDs and downloads, or if you’re more into streaming I hear Tidal pays better than most. But really this is just about connection, wherever and however it happens.
Like a lot of music it will give back the more you put in. That's asking a lot I know, but you've seen this work before. Find a good moment, love it, hold it, take it out to dinner, and hopefully you'll find something you want to keep around.
There’s lots more to say about this record I think, if you might humour me a little further. The people who made it, the stories behind the songs, the reason it’s taken two years to release.
But today is more a day just to offer it up. So, with that very faint waiter callback, here is one final link to listen to it.
I shall return in a few moments to ask whether everything is ok. Please say yes thank you. No really, comments are always welcome, as honest as they come, I can take it.
Right, back to taking pictures of myself holding a copy of the album.
love you all
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End of October, something through my letterbox.
It's a beauty. It's precious for what it is, what's on it, and what's in it. (You say 2011, I say summer 2008. I remember seeing the Old Street cow-like bins for the first time. I remember a room with graphs, or maybe newspaper cuttings everywhere on the walls, and that guy who held his guitar not like other people...)
The album stayed untouched for a couple of weeks, not even looking at the song list, waiting for a sisterly Sunday breakfast time so we could discover it together.
In into the CD player it went, and yes, it sounds like you.
A little scream reading there would be a special button song, I probably heard it twice before, 10 years ago... and missed it since then!
The album has been playing quite a few times since. The whole feels new but warm, familiar and comfortable.
As for the previous albums, each song will surely become a favourite at some point. For now, I'm enjoying the strings, the stories, and the campfire.
Loving the tracks Jake, great to hear new music from you :-). Especially like So I had this dream, and quick question if I may. Does my memory serve me right, in that there's a button behind the bar at Bootleggers (or am I making that up?)?