Over the past year, i have had to most fun writing and recording my debut album, but now i need your help to get it from my bedroom to yours.
So what can you expect from an album like this?
'Mother Dearest' is a collaboration of folk, jazz, Rnb, Latin and anything in between. It features funky bass lines, groovy drum beats, thick layered harmonies, choirs, trumpets, saxaphones, string trios and thats only the tip of the iceburg.
A big goal of this project was to inactualise localistation and really tap into the music community of the rural town where i grew up, where most of this album was inspired. I've been so so spoilt with the range, skill and passion of the people i've worked with on this album. I've had the pleasure of working with local choirs, string groups and some amazing musicians that i had the privledge to grow up with, and i can't wait for you all to hear what we've come up with.
The album itself engages with many beautiful and controversial topics. It addresses issues of climate change, femeninity and self determination. It is a celebration of inspiration and passion that focuses on stroytelling, dancing, and the muse of the natural world. It paints pictures of my youth, my home and the complexities of growing up in the face of our chaotic and crisis-stricken world. Its pretty much a warm hug and a cup of tea on a sunday morning.
I've been recording the album for over a year now, at a local studio in Alstonville NSW called Top Cat Studios. The whole process has tested and stretched every aspect of my musicianship, from arranging for choirs to organising rehearsals and has required a cup full of passion, love, resourcefullness and skill to put together. A lot of the final product has come together in no small part due to the kindness, generocity and patience of my community, so now i'm extending a hand for you to join!
The final product is going to be laced with big harmonies, heart-tugging story telling, slick melodies, choirs, sax lines, trumpet bops, bass grooves and complex rhythms and i really can not wait to share this product in all its love, sweat and tears with you.
If you want to have a listen to what is already out here in the world, a sneaky little taste of whats to come --> https://mykaelajay.bandcamp.com/