Rhapsody in Black

I released this on my own Flying Saucer label in 2006.  At the time I had grown quite tired of synthpop, and wanted to branch out and do something different.  I felt extremely detached and out of synch with everything that was going on musically in my hometown (and even in my country).  I wanted to do something that was very personal, vulnerable and well crafted.

This was my effort to be dark.  I wanted to push the envelope.  For the first time, I had things on my album like vocal harmonies, guitar, ethnic instruments and orchestral arrangements.  I threw myself into new and uncharted zones.  In hindsight, I realize that this album has many weak spots, but overall I still think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

This was influenced by Depeche Mode, Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, Echo and the Bunnymen and ELO.
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