It’s been decided. This blog needs to happen more frequently.
Since the Covid-19 lockdown began, we’re been going through the archives of our recorded material. There were many almost-completed songs and many more fragments waiting for a direction. Looking back through it all has made us realise how much we have done together and how much we’ve forgotten about.
Our last blog post was published on the 9th anniversary of the very beginnings of Croydon Tourist Office. In some ways, it doesn’t seem like that long ago, but at the same time, it seems like ages ago that we had the free time to pop along to the cafe after closing time and record the sounds that we would make. But then, life is like that.
We are currently in the final stages of mixing and mastering our second album. While the album’s songs are sourced from various eras of our past as well as the present, the general nature of it all came together in the theme of the global pandemic. And as Robert told the rest of us after reviewing the current master test, there’s ‘such an underlying hint of menace. It seems like the perfect comment on the world today. But so much humour too.’
Some of the songs, like the ones about Belgium and unpronounceable Welsh town names, original came to life 8 years ago, while tinkering with ideas at Epicentre. Others, like the songs about Russian Dolls and Rum & Coke started coming together 4 years ago when we were making our last EP, but we knew they would be set aside for a second full length album. And others, like the songs about broccoli and falcons, came about purely through isolation and what happens when we throw each other ideas via broadband.
The nearly hour long collection features sixteen songs, but we ended up unearthing so many more in the process. We will hopefully have an EP of related material that will appear shortly after the album, and possible some additional surprises as well. But this first release will be a concentrated result of what the last three months of lockdown have brought together.
We should have more information for you in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, be sure to enjoy Robert Garnham’s solo release, Aviator.