The very wonderful Dan Lyth is furnishing the world with not one, not two but three marvellous covers. And all for FREE. Yes, FREE. And here is the man himself to tell you all about it…
Two more songs followed, taken from the growing list of eclectic compositions my friends were creating. Pascal, by The Scottish Enlightenment provided the opportunity to use a deck of cards as a rhythm section and see what an analogue synth bass line and an accordion played the wrong way sound like together.
I used the song January Light by Kilmory Day Trip (who I’d met when recording their EP a few months earlier) as another chance to collaborate, on this occasion with longtime friend Alastair MacGregor. Time signature changes, a battered Juno and the sound of suitcases being slammed shut seemed to take the piece suitably off the beaten track.
Accompanying the EP is a beautifully written and hilarious short essay on the pitfalls of attempting ‘cover versions’. Written by Craig Rennie, the man whose thirtieth birthday inspired the project, the essay is included with the download. It can be viewed on its own here.
I see these three songs as the first-fruits of an ongoing project I hope to continue over the following months and years, as and when time and inspiration leads. Presenting these songs as surprise gifts to their respective authors was a great joy. I hope you also enjoy listening.