Tracklist for the first album, “The Tyranny of Pretty Things”

After a lot of thought I’ve decided on the list of songs for the album I will release later this year. Check out the playlist below. Savannah is not in the playlist but will definitely be on “The Tyranny of Pretty Things”.

There are two more songs already selected, but they are not in the playlist as I am still busy recording them and, besides, what good would an album be without some surprises.

There is space for one more so any suggestions are welcome and can be posted on the wall of the 88 Kilos of Sunshine FB page I also want to say thanks to everyone who helped me get this list together.

Creating Beauty

Fortune has favoured me. Over the last few years this effort at recording songs and putting them out there in the world has brought me a whole new network of friends. They have, together with older comrades, allowed me to stretch and learn. It’s made me very excited about possibilities.

There are two projects that are particularly exciting to me. One is Nechama Brodie‘s album that I’m working on. I elaborate on this in my last post, which features the video for one of the songs we’ve completed. The video was made by none other than Nadine Hutton.

The second is a particularly beautiful project documenting singer-songwriters around SA. “Cheap Seats”, as it’s called, has done 8 of these videos and you can watch them all here. This project is the work of Djf Head and Gareth Jones who you can find on twitter at @gareth_danger.

The latest Cheap Seats post brings them to Nechama and the result is astonishingly beautiful. Here she is with “Ghost Story”, one of the songs that will feature on her EP.

Go on, share it.

Last, but not least. It’s been a few months since I rolled out a new song of my own but I still think “Open Letter” is the best thing I ever did. Take a listen here: Open Letter

“Cold” by Nechama Brodie

Regular followers will have noticed that I’ve been quiet for most of 2013. This is because I’ve landed a dream job producing Nechama Brodie‘s EP.

A dream job for several reasons:
1) I get to work on music.
2) I get to work on Nechama’s exceptionally beautiful songs.
3) Nechama’s voice. Just listen to it, you’ll understand.

It’s been quite a process. We started by recording the basic tracks with rhythm guitar and vocals. Once these were finished I would then add additional instrumentation and then do the mixing.

But in the last two weeks things got really exciting. I had finished the arrangement for “Cold” and Nechama was so happy with the result that she put on the pressure for us to get the song out by today. So it was all hands on deck! I jumped in and got the guitar and bass tracks done and then started the mixing process so that the track would be ready for mastering by last Monday. Nechama also contacted Nadine Hutton to start formulating a plan for a video and before we knew it we were all in Kitchener’s on a Sunday morning at 7am putting together the video. I even landed a cameo role in the video!

I cannot tell you how proud I am to be part of this. The effort put in by everyone was superhuman (Nadine especially, who pulled several all-nighters) but it’s well worth it. The final product looks and sounds excellent. Take a look (and listen) for yourself:

As an aside: there are 18 classic movie scenes referenced in the video, for bonus points see how many you can spot.

You can also head on over to Nechama’s Bandcamp page to listen to the song and buy it for the princely sum of $1. I’ve even made it easy for you, just click this link:


Last thing (humblebrag): The launch date was meant to coincide with the launch of Lauren Beukes’ new book “The Shining Girls” and the following tweet made me very, very happy.