Six months ago, Andy Bell said to me, “if I send you my Standing in Shafts of Moonlight backing track, could you put a lead on it?” I said yes, and he sent me a short guitar piece, recorded on his smartphone. Last weekend we finished our fouth track together, named ourselves Lowly Man, and released the songs as a 4-track Lowly Man EP on Bandcamp.
We are quite pleased with ourselves, considering that this just started out as a bit of lockdown fun, and we plan to carry on making songs. We didn’t know this would be such a productive collaboration, and we never realised that Andy was a singer.
The tracks started with Andy providing a recording on acoustic guitar or piano. I then deconstructed the performance, built up an arrangement, and overdubbed electric guitars and sampled instruments. When the second track was almost finished, Andy decided to have a go at singing over the mix, and it sounded great.
Once we had started recording full-length songs, we averaged one every five weeks. If we carry on at this rate, we should have an album out in time for Christmas 2021.
We recorded this EP during a pandemic lockdown. Andy and I live 80 miles and 2 hours’ drive apart. When we started, Andy had to record his guitar and vocals using a phone, but I persuaded him to invest in some decent gear!
Please, visit the Lowly Man Bandcamp page. You can listen to each track up to 3 times for free. Please, let me know what you think. I love constructive feedback, positive and negative.