Kingsland Hill was recorded at Ellamy Studios between December 2020 and May 2021. As with my previous Situation Normal album, Louis Bernstone has engineered and helped produce it, and added keyboards as well as some bass. Also, masterful work on computer fixing my mistakes. My friend Dave Powell came in late and added nice sax on Songbird, Enemy Lines and Stepping on my Shadow. My son Joe in Berlin overdubbed some backing vocals.
The title track was written during New Zealand’s Covid lockdown period in April 2020. Living in a house at the top of the hill in Kingsland I can usually hear the hum of a motorway. Suddenly the world fell silent. Covid hangs over Be on Your Way, an airport goodbye song. Rain Song is the worry of climate change and a reminder that I did, indeed, once study rain and I actually put in print that it was an "intermittent phenomenon”. Let it Lie is a completely un-subtle stab at the fossil fuel industry, which refuses to let anything that will burn lie underground.
Recorded at: Ellamy Studios, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Produced by: Roger Marshall and Louis Bernstone
Engineered and mixed by: Louis Bernstone at Ellamy Studios - www.ellamy.co.nz
Release date: June 2021
Roger: vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric, tenor, slide, baritone), harmonica, percussion
Louis Bernstone: keyboards, bass, percussion
Dave Powell: saxophone
Joe Marshall: backing vocal