I’ve recently been creating a lot of my own music just for the sheer enjoyment of it and thought I’d share it with you here.
I release ambient drone EPs under the name Smoky. All the tracks were recorded simply with an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, a Strymon Timeline and Strymon Big Sky. These EPs have proved pretty popular; one track, Penarth Pier, taking on a life of its own on Spotify with over half a million plays. I’m delighted with the EPs and there will be more coming your way soon!
SMOKY & COOP
As above, but with vocals by Dan Hadfield. All tracks completely improvised in one take.
DAVID BENJAMIN HAYNES
Mellow, hazy, English, instrumental piano compositions.
David Benjamin Haynes – Pasture Spotify
David Benjamin Haynes – Piano 269 Spotify
David Benjamin Haynes – Space Spotify
David Benjamin Haynes – Small Hours Spotify
David Benjamin Haynes – Old Moulton Spotify
THE KING OF INDECISION
Another ambient release I put out recently was Late Store by The King of Indecision. This was largely created between 2007 and 2010 and I sat on it for years (hence the artist name!). It’s a more diverse than the Smoky EPs, and a mate of mine called it “the best bath music ever”.
The King of Indecision – Purr (single) Spotify
The King of Indecision – Where Is Everybody? (single) Spotify
The King of Indecision – Summer Up (single) Spotify
The King of Indecision – Ambient Orchestral Tape (single) Spotify
I played drums and sang backing vocals in an indie band called Pala between 1996 and 2001. Widely renowned as a great live band (and well known for our hard work ethic when it came to incessant gigging), we never seemed to quite cut it in the studio, but none-the-less, here is a compilation of some of our work, plus an EP that we recorded in my studio in 2017.
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