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James' new album has been a labour of love

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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SOUTH Devon musician James Patrick's new album Darkness and Light has been four years in the making and is a compromise between rock psychedelia and folk music.

"I've always wanted to hear this, but finally realised that I'd have to do it myself," said James (pictured).

He's only recently had time to concentrate on his music since semi retiring as a solicitor. "Although previously had the ideas in my head, I had neither the time nor the money to afford the instruments and the 16 track recording unit. Thankfully the cost of the latter has become considerably less than it was when I was younger."

The album's tracks have already received more than 2,000 hits on YouTube, without any publicity.

Five years ago James cycled the pilgrims route from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

As he spent more than usual being aone he thought up the idea for his first song Way Back in the Woods.

"I really like the melody of this song, the gothic feel it has and its experimentation and complexity," he said.

"My songs are short, but I've tried to give every note and every second of the songs significance."

The easiest song he wrote and produced was Nuclear Blues. James wrote this during the early days of the Fukushima crisis.

"I'm not normally much of a political protester, but this was one issue, which really uspet me," he said.

All the instruments on the album are played by James and his niece Emily 17. "This album has been a labour of love," said James.

To find out more about the album should email jamescliff08@yahoo.co.uk

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