Come On Live Long singer Robert John Ardiff has released his debut album Between The Bed and Room. It was recorded in various locations including the boxroom of his own house, the Cultural Centre Irlandais in Paris and in Little Gem recording studio with Andy Walsh. Mixing on the record was done by Ken McCabe.
The ambience throughout the album is soothing and emotive, reflecting the honest sound that Ardiff set out to depict.
“I wanted to create something that sounded like it was made by a human sitting in a room playing songs. I limited the recording process to 12 tracks per song and used all analog gear like the synths, the acoustic instruments tascam 12 track onto which everything was recorded. The results are lo-fi but I feel I have achieved what I set out to do. The songs are ones that I have carried in my pocket for a long time. Some of them are about growing up in a small Irish village, while others explore themes of love, betrayal and understanding.”
The album also features collaborations with other artists such as Ken McCabe, Rob McComish, Niall Colreavy, Louisa Carroll, John Carney, Paul Kenny, Stuart McMahon.
The release offered the songwriter a different avenue from COLL’s sound of atmospheric and textured music as heard on their recent album.
Ardiff has since completed a debut album Between The Bed and Room which will be out next month, recorded in a limited and disciplined fashion:
“The project started when a friend of mine said to me that ‘if you write a page of a book a day, in a year you’ll have a book’. Taking this idea and applying it to music, the album was recorded in my boxroom in two hour night time stints during the winter and spring of this year. By setting boundaries with time, the recording equipment I used (a 12track Tascam) and the instruments I played (all Analogue synths or Acoustic instruments), I was able to just do one track takes with very little editing involved. I wanted to create something that sounded real, tangible and something that sounded like it was played by a person in their bedroom and not a machine. The songs were lovingly mixed by my Come On Live Long band mate; Ken McCabe and the drums by Paul Kenny “
‘Paint Your Nails’ is our first listen into what he concocted and it’s accompanied by a video shot on a bike around Dublin by by Highly Stimulating Productions.
Come On Live Long play RHA Gallery for Hennessy’s Lost Fridays this Friday.