I suppose here is as good a place as any to tell you about my new album. It’s called ‘Telescopes’, and is also the first to bear my name (ok well, my initials) on the front (I am transcending my shyness at last, haha). The whole thing was kind of an accident really – all the music on it was made purely for the love/hell of it (with the exception of one track, “Andromeda”, which I originally wrote for Hans Zimmer for the opening scene of the “Da Vinci Code” movie, though it was rejected for the final score at the last minute), all in a kind of existential haze (from which I’ve only recently emerged)
As it was created this way, it’s quite a personal journey (though the books of Carl Sagan, the music of Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfmann, Pink Floyd were all great influences at the time of writing. I’d also been incredibly lucky in having the experience and encouraging words of some fantastic artists, most notably Bjork and Brian Eno, both heroes of mine, giving me the confidence that it’s quite okay to go do something really different, and not fear the dumb rejection this can involve from some people)
And different it is.. As a ‘concept album’ (though I don’t much like the term), it’s quite unfashionable (in the current album-less world) in commercial terms – but then, since when was all music have to be focused on commerciality and viability as commercial ‘product’ (or the rather creepy new term “content”) ? Yes sure your average person does like James Blunt, Scissor Sisters or whatever, but why should ALL music be aimed at your ‘average person’, why is the primary (and often, sadly, only) driving force behind art the aquisition of more money?anyway, the point is, what an album in this format can offer (which individual mp3s can’t) is a complete sense of identity – I didn’t so much create a few disparate pieces and throw them together in this format, but rather worked on the album as one whole ‘opus’.
Not everyone will ‘get’ this record, and that is absolutely fine with me. Like I say, few people actually have any real taste beyond the obvious. What I do may not always fit with the current fashion (though sometimes co-incidentally it does), but I’m never willing to compromise on Vision (either my own or a collaborators), this kind of integrity is not only important for my sanity(!), but for the quality of the music. Anyway, the point here was to think about where we came from and where, ultimately, we’re going.. I tried to cover this rather vast subject in a way which is both touching and dramatic – ie human. It’s a fleeting glimpse at it all, but then so is life!
It’s about many things, most of which I can’t fully explain as they came to me in dreams, or simply from the ether. I’ve been told it’s quite ‘grand’ and ‘epic’ in nature, (other interesting quotes – “Stephen Hawking/Vangelis on acid”(!), “Riverdance in space suits(!)”, “great to chill out to, gets you thinking..”, “the bastard child of Pink Floyd and Neutral Milk Hotel”.. things like that (which I think are generally complimentary but can’t be sure).. anyway I’m glad a handful people (of the few people that have a copy) enjoy it already, and clearly ‘get it’ despite it’s weirdness..(not something which – despite words to the contrary – most people are cool with these days)
Click the space rocket(!) on my site (spot the Tintin fan), or visit www.KKTelescopes.com to find out more.. CD is available to buy now at my online store (click the shop in the clouds), and also on Amazon (US & UK).. The digital version will be available from April 8th on iTunes and all the others (though this one works better as a full CD, retro huh?)