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.

Posted by Gary Flanagan

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