A collection of largely acoustic guitar-based instrumentals with progressive rock, ambient and folk influences, recorded during 2009-2011.
released January 6, 2012
Produced and arranged by T.A. Walker
T.A. Walker: acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars, electric guitars, EBow, MIDI guitar, electric dulcimer, loops, bass guitar
Strings by L'Orchestre de la Maison Rouge, conducted by Kylie Tamworth
Recorded and mixed by T.A. Walker at Sidingsound, England between 2009-2011, except for the acoustic guitars on "Ridgeway" and "Nocturne", recorded by Stephen Perry at The Atrium, Cardiff, 7 June 2010
Compositions by T.A. Walker, except for "Arirang" (traditional Korean folk tune, arr. Walker) and "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" (Joachim Neander, arr. Walker)
Cover photo and inlay design: T.A. Walker
Instruments used: 2003 Faith Saturn 6-string acoustic, 2005 Seagull S12 12-string acoustic, 1991 Steinberger S-series electric (with Roland GK2 pickup), 2000 Squier Precision Special 5-string bass, 2008 Tom Yocky electric mountain dulcimer
Processors: Roland VG-8EX V-Guitar System, Roland Micro Cube, Roland GI-10 guitar-MIDI interface
Software instruments: EXS24, ES1, ES2, AM Pro SoloVST, CheezeMachine
Special thanks to: my wonderful wife Joy for all her support, love and patience while I hammered this together (I'll help with your album next, I promise!); my daughter Naomi for letting Dad get on with recording; Juanjo Lopez for much-needed assistance with mastering this album; Ant P. for inspiration and encouragement at just the right time; Stephen for starting off this project, before he was taken from us far too soon; and to the Lord of all creation, from music to galaxies...
Recorded on portable equipment on his holidays around England in 2003-06, the former frontman of Hefner delivers a fine set of lo-fi "folktronica" vignettes, with his customary observational eye. TA Walker
Decades after Elizabeth "Connie" Converse (1924-?1974) vanished without a trace, the enigmatic songs she wrote and recorded in the 1950s finally found an audience. Of their era, yet somehow timeless. TA Walker
I call this "dream pop", as it sounds like the soundtrack to one. Woozy air; tinkling, toy instrument sounds; pieces of conversation; vocals on the threshold of hearing... and that's all a compliment! TA Walker