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Date: 31 Mar 2017

Most artists produce a concept album at some point in their career. The Beatles penned Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beach Boys created Pet Sounds and The Rolling Stones stumbled through Their Satanic Majesties Request. In the world of Math Charlton, the epic story album We Cirri has been bubbling away for over quarter of a century.

We Cirri is a story album about a drunken teenage night out, a one-night stand and the subsequent feelings of regret. The story arc covers eighteen songs and clocks in at around an hour and forty minutes. The songs were penned between 1991 and 1999 and, due to the lack of consistent access to decent recording equipment across that period, the music was arranged and scored on paper to be recorded at a later date.

After the completion of Loss - Parity - Gain, I managed to find time in 2008 to program the keyboards and drum kit into an earlier version of Cubase. I even managed to record the bass guitar across the project the year after, despite the more pressing tasks of being a new father. However, as the family expanded and grew, I began a musical hiatus leaving the We Cirri audio half-done.

Now that the dust has settled on Phantom Islands, it's time to look at the next project. And completing a half-done We Cirri is as good as any. I've now managed to port all the previous work into the current version of Cubase and look to undertake remixing and arrangement work over the next few months to render all the tracks ready for the recording of various guitars and vocals. My current aim is a release date for late 2018 and this site will keep you posted with progress and early releases of individual tracks.

So until next time - take care.


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