Nick Stephenson Music – Behind the Mask EP
It’s been a while in the making but I’m very pleased with the results.
It was a lot of fun to record this music, particularly whilst working with producer Steve Rodford (The Zombies) who enriched my songs with warmth and contributed powerful playing to June Angel, One Thing and Shaking Rain.
The other two tracks included are Obey (another original composition that comes with a health warning – contains traces of Donald Trump, proceed with caution) and a cover of David Bowie‘s Blackstar. Both were recorded and produced at home on Garage Band. This was an occasionally challenging task but ultimately very rewarding, as I love to experiment with harmonies and weird sounds.
The Bowie cover is included as a big THANK YOU to all the people that have joined me on my David Bowie Musical Walking Tours of Brixton.
The cover art and back sleeve photography was created by my partner Kate Snowdon, whose huge support and inspiration on this project cannot go unmentioned.
I wanted these songs to encompass acoustic aggression, but also to feel romantic and at times surreal. All are drenched in harmonies and hopefully have plenty of surprising twists and turns to keep you coming back!
I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed making them.
Nick Stephenson x