In summer 2020, Keith began a recording collaboration with Andy Bell, an old acquaintance from Darwen, in Lancashire, where they had both led bands at the same high school.
After Keith broke his recording hiatus in 2020, Andy sent him a short instrumental acoustic guitar composition. Keith, who’s always been as much a producer as a musician, turned it into a short instrumental. It worked, and they agreed to do more together.
Lowly Man EP
That autumn, they started work on a collection of songs with a psychedelic rock vibe. It turned out that Andy’s tunesmithery and Keith’s electrickery were complimentary. They completed the Lowly Man EP in February 2021.
Alpha Dogs EP
Spurred on by positive responses, the duo continued writing. This time, Andy developed a lyrical theme based around male personality types, and Keith introduced some musical experimentation. They quickly completed the Alpha Dogs EP in April.
The Lowly Man Album
After a couple of months off, dealing with real life, work continued on new songs in the summer. The new material added elements of electronica, psychedelic blues, and a strange pseudo-live ballad.
The Lowly Man album was released in October 2021, and Keith gave a limited number of handmade CDs to supporters as a thank you.