We have a new music video!
Folks! Here we have another beautiful rework of one of our songs from mystery-piano-man Lambert. This comes in advance of the official release of our first Single/Video “Set Out To Discover” from Remedies Ahead (coming very soon).. Things are popping off!!
ILLUSTRATION BY: David Litchfield Illustration
01. Changed My Grip
02. Set Out To Discover
03. Tiny Parcels
04. Pull Me Like A String
05. Dark Cloud Canopies
06. Almost Ghostly
07. Carving Up Islands
08. Shouldn’t Have Closed My Eyes
09. Settle In, Settle Down
10. Try As They Might
11. Brought Up Somewhere Else
12. Every Little Step
Finally here is a taster of the soon-to-be-released Rue Royale album “Remedies Ahead”. This song is called “Set Out To Discover”. It’s the first single. It’ll be available for purchase and accompanied by a video later this summer..
Quick Update on Kickstarter Rewards: We’re back from our Spring tour of Germany and Italy. We had a lovely time! As some of you may have seen on twitter/facebook we picked up the Kickstarter tshirts/totes while on the road. Now that we’re home, they’ll be shipped out by the end of this week. We also posted out the first batch of notes from the road. That was fun! We’ll be sending out notes as we tour throughout the year. Keep an eye on your letter box if you picked this option!
Album Progress: We’ve delivered the album masters to the label (Sinnbus) and they seem to like it (Phew!) and they have started preparing for the release. News about singles, artwork, release dates and tours coming soon. We’re finishing up the artwork with David Litchfield this week. It’s looking incredible!
Hope this finds you well.
We’ve been busy with the new album lately. We recorded everything during a 2 weeks stay in Lewes, England. After that we took a week away from the record. Then Paul Pilot mixed the album in Berlin and worked with us by sending files back and forth. Soon the album will be mastered! And we’ll be releasing the first single in a matter of weeks!
We’ve been speaking with David Litchfield about album and singles artwork and it looks like he’s in too! How exciting!
Geesh, this is all happening so fast!
Below is a short video of some clips we took during our time in Lewes..
Thanks very much!
Brookln & Ruth
P.S. We’re playing in Germany and Italy over the next couple of weeks. Come by and say hello!
After a scrambled egg and coffee breakfast, we’re ready to get back to work. Heading out the door for the studio to get stuck into week 2.
We had such an amazingly productive week last week! We worked on 10 songs and most of them are feeling pretty good already at this point. Going to get a couple more started today. Not sure how many we’ll actually put on the record, depends on how they all come out I guess..
Ruth and I were sat in the van last night listening through the rough mixes of last week’s work and we got really excited! We’ve written this record in a new way (for Rue Royale), much more intuitively. Which means it has a different feel to it. It feels liberating. Also, working with Paul Pilot on this record has been amazing! Paul’s able to listen to these songs in a way we aren’t as we’ve hovered over them for so long and he’s hearing them with fresh ears. So, he’s bringing some great ideas to this album as well as inspiring us to write and perform parts we’re really proud of. (Rue Royale HIGHLY recommend bands working with Paul Pilot for their next record!)
We were tempted to keep working over the weekend but we learned last week that rest, time and head space, whilst in the thick of this creative process, is essential. We had a lovely day in Lewes involving a few adventures (Brookln carrying a frog for 1/2 mile, saving it from road death being one)… We did do a lot of talking about the previous week. It seems we all need to chat out our processes a lot , especially as we are trying new approaches and making this record in a studio with a deadline. We have learned that it’s better to be in great communication, even if it feels dramatic or hard going, to keep momentum and focus. It feels like such a whirlwind of energy in the studio, up and down, that great explorative conversations and coffee are highly productive elements.
Ok, we’re off! Studio Day #6 and it’s snowing!
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Just heading out the door for Studio Day #4 but wanted to fill you in quickly first!
We started yesterday by getting back into ‘Shouldn’t Have Closed My Eyes’ we were working on guitars mainly but also a couple of new ideas that came into mind while working on it. It’s been like that this week, recording something we’ve had written for a while and then an idea comes up, maybe it’s Paul’s idea as he’s bringing a fresh perspective and ears to this album. Anyway, whosever idea it is, we end up following that thread maybe sometimes it doesn’t work (like an interesting delayed guitar idea we had yesterday) but sometimes it does and then we’re sent to the moon with excitement. This isn’t a black and white kind of week that’s for sure.
We were trying to get quite a few songs up and running yesterday as it feels like time will suddenly be eaten up and we will be rushing the creative parts. This is again quite a conflicting process as we know we have limited time here but we want the songs to breathe and find new life in the studio. this means lots of rabbits trails and meandering around. We found ourselves struggling to get songs recorded and up and running whilst leaving some feeling a little lost. For example we recorded a quick guide for ‘Pull Me Like a String’ and then couldn’t quite put our finger on what tempo we wanted and felt right. So we scurried onto the next song ‘Almost Ghostly’ feeling a little strange about leaving ‘Pull Me Like a String’ up in the air.. but then it all made sense a few hours later having recorded a different song.
That may sound like a dramatic time for something so simple but it is quite an intense process and it feels like your head and heart are up in the air when you cant complete the song to a certain level. Like pulling a cake from the oven half baked.. it could go terribly wrong (that is Ruth’s example). We managed to get quite a few tracks in by the end of the day. There was definitely an awareness of time yesterday that pushed us on but now we think it should give us a good backbone to work on freely and creatively in the days ahead. Phew.
Here we come Studio Day #4!
We started yesterday morning by getting back to work on ‘Changed My Grip’. Ruth played some piano and I played an interesting set of drums (pictures below). This was building upon an idea we had playing in our heads for a while now, so that was great to get it out and work through it, very exciting.
As you may have noticed over the years, we have quite an independent (DIY) streak in us. We recently heard a great quote from someone that you could make a record (live your life) by yourself but you’ll have a much richer & happier experience (life) if you’re with people. So with that in mind we have happily and nervously invited our friend Paul Pilot in on this journey.
Yesterday, after working on ‘Changed My Grip’ for a few hours, we moved on to a song called ‘Tiny Parcels’ which we brought to the studio in bare bones form. Paul brought some very fresh ideas to this bare boned song, this process is really stretching us as we wrestle with what resonates with us, what we feel comfortable with or not, feeling overwhelmed with options. That is why we are here. To make a record in a new way and to push ourselves (& with Paul’s help) into a headspace where we can create that which would not have been in our safe little studio at home.
Ooh, one more thing! Last week I bought a gut string guitar on EBay for £62 and had it posted to our cottage here. It was sitting outside the door as we were heading out to the studio yesterday morning and I recorded with it right after lunch. Feels and sounds amazing!
Onwards and upwards, studio day #3 awaits!