Pleased to announce my new album released on YMNLT.
Here is a little bit about it : Quip – “The Up There Jar”
Most of the “The Up There Jar” was made after I had a serious mountain bike crash in 2015 and suffered permanent damage to my hand. As a guitarist this was a life changing experience and I underwent depression and had a lot of spare time as I was off work for a long period.
During my time in recovery I began contemplating my life and reflecting on my childhood and teenage years in my home town as I stayed with my parents. “MY2” was made on my dad’s laptop with some of the vocals recorded on headphones in their living room as I was recovering from surgery. The song is really about love being the only thing that matters, which sounds a bit corny, but at the time my feelings were just that. We don’t have anything but those people we love around us. It was a really bad time and I never thought I would make music again, let alone make an album. So really the album is about inner struggle and strength and how beauty can come from diversity and challenge. “In The Sands” is really a reverse love song about thinking about loss before a love affair has even started and actually talking yourself into not starting it. “Soul” the final song is really a mantra to myself about what’s important. “Morphine” speaks for itself. “1980” is a tribute to my brother really, although he was born in 1981 but I remember awaiting his arrival and being really excited. “JX10” is probably the most abstract song and I recorded it in my studio I had built before the crash. It is a really dark track but quite pretty too and with lots of elements that came from my voice and my beautiful Roland JX10 of course, there is also some Kurzweil K2000 if your a synth fan. Hope you enjoy the album.
Much love x
Ben Eyes, August, 2018
FL00D was initially inspired by the Winter floods that took place in England in 2014. The idea that we have permanently changed our weather system through our own doing is incredibly thought provoking and cannot be ignored. The floods and storms were some of the worst on record and seeing places I know and hold dear destroyed by the weather made me feel both extremely upset and helpless.
The work of James Lovelock was also a large inspiration behind this piece and his Gaia theory (the idea that the Earth is one whole complex living organism) is unfortunately now being proven correct. Through the pollution of our own delicate eco-system we have caused untold damage for many generations to come, possibly forever.
The piece starts with some very intimate field recordings made on the Holy Island of Lindasfarne in Northumbria. The listener is then taken on a journey, through the dark heart of our little Island, to discover the coming storm that will come and wash us all away…
The piece is accompanied by high speed footage captured at the sites of the various field recordings and was edited together to fit the piece by Emma Jane Richards.
“Perhaps the saddest thing is that Gaia will lose as much or more than we do. Not only will wildlife and whole ecosystems go extinct, but in human civilisation the planet has a precious resource. We are not merely a disease; we are, through our intelligence and communication, the nervous system of the planet. Through us, Gaia has seen herself from space, and begins to know her place in the universe.
We should be the heart and mind of the Earth, not its malady. So let us be brave and cease thinking of human needs and rights alone, and see that we have harmed the living Earth and need to make our peace with Gaia. We must do it while we are still strong enough to negotiate, and not a broken rabble led by brutal war lords. Most of all, we should remember that we are a part of it, and it is indeed our home.”
James Lovelock (Published in The Independent, 16 January 2006)