What a pleasant surprise when violinist and singer Meri (former Eluveitie, Irij) asked me if I would be interested to join her to collaborate on new songs for MERI. She sent me some demos and I was more than convinced that something special was served on a silver plate. Even though it’s new musical territory for me, I connected quickly to this style of music. We started right away exchanging ideas. From Ireland to Switzerland and back again. It felt very familiar, as if we had known each other forever. We filled the blank canvas with all kinds of musical colors. From pitch black to shining bright tones – you name it. She’s such a gifted musician and a wonderful human being. It’s real fun and inspiring to work with Meri. Her songwriting is far away from mainstream. Something I really appreciate and admire. I am sure that the outcome will be one of a kind.
Meanwhile check out her latest EP “Feverish” https://meriisfeverish.bandcamp.com/releases
Now I will go back to my studio and continue recording guitars and wicked sounds for her new songs. Stay safe and sound and stay tuned.
I am working on a new track for Sulfur Kings called “Blues In Funeral Minor”. An eight minute instrumental that reflects this crazy year of COVID-19 and other odd and irritating stuff that was and still is going on. COVID-19 is not only affecting our health but also our friendships. Latter is even more frightening…
The second single “Road Movie” from the upcoming album “Songs Like Horses” is out now! Buy it on Bandcamp. Amazon, iTunes or Google Play. Also available on Spotify, Deezer etc. Here are some links for you!
And because you guys are awesome, you can download the song for FREE on Bandcamp. Get it here
The new single “Road Movie” by “The Haunted Echoes” will be released on the 7th of August through TBKS Records. We shot a video for this song on the 19th of July in Winterthur (Switzerland). Patti Marcantonio Strubi performs in a stunning Bauhaus location her choreography to “Road Movie”. A sinister story of a woman who has her own way to break up with her boyfriend. Here’s a little teaser. Enjoy the ride.
I once owned a Les Paul (for a very short time) and a Flying V2 from Gibson. After decades of not playing Gibson guitars I’ve found a Melody Maker on Reverb.com (the seller was Yeahman’s Guitars from Switzerland) an felt immediately in love. This model was built in November 2010 in Nashville. Not a real vintage guitar but with tons of vintage flavor. Plays and sounds great. When you grab this guitar, it’s like coming home. You start to play certain kind of licks and you don’t really know why. The Melody Maker makes you play different than you maybe play on other guitars. Damn… I’ve got the Gibson-Mojo-Virus again….
Shawn James. Dark, calling, mesmerizing. Stripped to the bone. Blues, Folk, Gospel – you name it. He creates a haunting mood. The sound of the resonator guitars, the minimal drums. Leaving a lot of space to breath. Heavy, smokey air.
Check him out.
Listen to the album on Spotify