The Earth Beneath Our Feet is the latest album from Harpenden singer/songwriter John Almond under his Feedback File guise. And today, we finally pressed the GO button on my mixes and off they’ve gone to Safe And Sound Mastering for the eight tracks to be compiled and mastered into the final album.
Amazingly, or alarmingly, depending on your point of view, I started mixing this album very nearly 18 months ago, at the end of 2013. John fed the finished multi-tracks to me, one by one, as they were finished – and in many cases, simply as works in progress.
I was able to add some guitar, programme some drums for a couple of tracks and, most importantly, do mix after mix after mix after mix for John as the songs grew and morphed as the project progressed.
The album features a whole host of musicians and singers: 14 or 15 in total playing instruments as diverse as Djembe and Tenor Sax as well as acoustic guitars, pianos, strings, synths, sound effects, and lots of atmospheric percussion.
The music is hard to pin down: it’s a touch English folk, think Nick Drake perhaps, a touch Americana, think The Decemberists perhaps. But it’s really lovely and it’s great.
Lyrically, it encompasses an equally diverse range of topics: murder, the Derbyshire Peak District, long-lost sing-songwriters and, most bizarre of all, Vera Lynn!
We’re absolutely thrilled with the final eight tracks and can’t wait for the final mastered CD to be in our hot and sweaty hands, ready for distribution. Here’s John looking, sort of, pleased it’s finished at last.