Forth

by Stuart O'Connor

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about

www.stuartoconnor.com

Genre - Acoustic Jazz Rock

'Forth' is the 2nd of 4 albums all released on the same day as a part of the 'Go Forth Bright Scenic' project.

4 Albums - 4 Formats.

USB Drive, CD, Cassette Tape & 2 X Vinyl LP.

'Forth' was released physically as a CD and included 4 bonus tracks.

Order the Physical CD from here: www.gofourthbrightscenic.bigcartel.com

Each album has a running time of 44mins excluding bonus material which comes with the physical versions.

'Forth' has been a chance to further the close musical relationship which has come as a result of years of working with a steady cast of musicians in a live and studio environment..

Dave Smale, Riad Abji, Vicky Flint, Leon Camfield and Chris Hollis.
I am so grateful to them for the wonderful live experiences we've shared.

I am also grateful to the guests who have taken their time to contribute.

Yasushi Kita - Shamisen, Toruko Nolen - Accordion, Eric Gebow - Omnichord, Roger Pride - Tenor Sax, Rachael Steadman - Violin and Julia Bell - Vocals.

credits

released October 1, 2012

Forth

1. Lac Encode
2. Squeaky Doors
3. Default: Escape
4. World Is Plenty
5. Varit
6. You Know What You Are
7. Resonate
8. When You Go Home
9. Note That Says / Bright Scenic Reprise
10. 1-2-Seppuku (Feat. NolenNiu-de-Ossi)

All tracks Produced and Mixed and Mastered by Chris Hollis
(www.chrishollis.co.uk) with assistance from Stuart O'Connor


All songs Recorded at Stuart's Mum's House in NW London - Thanks mum :).

Other Location Specifics

All Shamisen and Accordion parts recorded by Yasushi at his home in Nara, Japan
Yasushi and Toruko are both members of the group NolenNiu-de-Ossi - www.de-ossi.com
All Omnichord parts recorded by Eric Gebow in Tokyo, Japan.
All Horn and Double Bass parts were recorded by Riad Abji at his home in Luton.
All Piano parts were recorded at the home of Dave Smale in Watford
All live drums were recorded at Soundarc Studios, Bedfordshire. www.soundarc.com

Album artwork

(Front and Back) Taken by Geoff Budd www.lensflare.co.nz
- In Tawharanui, New Zealand

1. Lac Encode

Written by Stuart O'Connor, Dave Smale and Craig Harris

Keys / Synth - Dave Smale
Signals - Craig Harris
Ebow Guitars - Stuart O'Connor

2. Squeaky Doors

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Drums - Leon Camfield
Double Bass - Riad Abji
Keys - Dave Smale
Trumpet/Flugelhorn - Vicky Flint
Harmonica/Banjo/Guitar/Voice - Stuart O'Connor


3. Default: Escape

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Drums - Leon Camfield
Double Bass/Cello - Riad Abji
Fender Rhodes/Piano - Dave Smale
Trumpet/Flugelhorn - Vicky Flint
Violin/Viola - Rachel Steadman
Tenor Sax - Roger Pride
Voice, Guitar - Stuart O'Connor

4. World is Plenty

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Drums - Leon Camfield
Double Bass / Cello - Riad Abji
Piano - Dave Smale
Omnichord - Eric Gebow
Julia Bell - Backing Vocals
Voice, Guitar - Stuart O'Connor

5. Varit

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Drums - Leon Camfield
Double Bass - Riad Abji
Piano - Dave Smale
Trumpet/Flugelhorn - Vicky Flint
Violin/Viola - Rachel Steadman
Guitar, Voice - Stuart O'Connor

6. You Know What You Are

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Drums - Leon Camfield
Double Bass - Riad Abji
Piano - Dave Smale
Violin - Rachael Steadman
Voice / Resonator and EBow Guitar / Mandolin - Stuart O'Connor


7. Resonate

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Acoustic Guitar / Voice / Harmonica - Stuart O'Connor

8. When You Go Home

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Drums - Leon Camfield
Double Bass - Riad Abji
Piano - Dave Smale
Trumpet / Flugelhorn - Vicky Flint
Backing Vocals - Chris Hollis
Harmonica / Guitar / Voice - Stuart O'Connor

9. Note That Says

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Drums - Leon Camfield
Double Bass - Riad Abji
Piano - Dave Smale
Trumpet - Vicky Flint
Backing Vocals - Julia Bell
Guitar/Voice - Stuart O'Connor

Bright Scenic Reprise

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Piano - Dave Smale

10. 1-2-Seppuku

Written By Stuart O'Connor

Shamisen - Yasushi Kita
Accordion - Toruko Nolen
Drums - Leon Camfield
Additional Drums / Backing Vocals - Chris Hollis
Double Bass - Riad Abji
Trumpet - Vicky Flint
Violin - Rachel Steadman
Guitar, Voice, Additional Drums - Stuart O'Connor

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Stuart O'Connor UK

1600 shows in 8 years and counting as a full time touring musician.

7 tours in Japan, 5 in New Zealand, Netherlands & Italy, 3 in Australia, 2 in Germany, France, Poland &
one off tours in S.Korea, Czech Rep, Austria, Switzerland & Thailand aswell as numerous trips round the UK.

Stuart has carved a living & has attracted offers from record labels but has chosen to remain independent.
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Track Name: Squeaky Doors
Except the breeze everything is getting heavy
Feels like I'm living in a bad TV show
The world at large is staying in and watching me
Stumble and stupor through a script I haven't learnt
But jokes aside it seems I've led the chase to nowhere
And nowhere's scenic so I guess I'll have to stay
No destination set just yet I'll stay the author
To hand the reigns it tempts me everyday
As if they beg and plead we're asking nicely
As if they're digging amphitheatres for my say
Sunset falls enough to declare the day as over
The waves remain just shuffling away

God I really fight this?
Can I really?
God I really fight this?
Can I?

The waiting game remains a poor and distant allie
A strange surrounding harbours me I thank it so
The ocean air breeds squeaky doors I'll see them later
Some give their power away and still they steal the show
Track Name: Default: Escape
I'm breaking out upon the road
Default escaping not exploding
Running to or from a wall

Save it up

So I'll see it somewhere else
Track Name: World Is Plenty
There are by gone days that I long
Can keep my world above and beyond
The pull of gravity at it's best
So I can float without a test
But how I wrestle with the depths of reality
Is my ego ready to be ego free
Can I side with whoever will side with me
Cause I am nothing if just left to vanity cause

Gone are my days to call on thunder
To shake this earth out from under
Gone are my days to make my wishes free
It's a self imposed state of exile
I may bounce back once in a while
But how long is a piece of string

So let the sunlight break the clouds
Where's that horizon you were bound

Let's not forget the world is plenty

So life liver are you looking for an answer?
The scenic route is where you you'll find you missing signs
Your signs they will find you
Your signs they will find

So let the sunlight break the clouds
You can hold your head up proud
Track Name: Varit
Wait up come on take it easy now
You've got all you can from the situation
Tough love tough love
He's haunted by deceit now
You pushed him so he'll go and drown in desperation

Maybe it wasn't his fault he was just stumbling

So high to fall
Our jealousy of dizzy nights
Means we beam our aim upon him

But I applaud
So rounded this learning curve
That it's formed into a circle
Track Name: You Know What You Are
Sunken treasures, will always seem so close
But these murky waters
Will always steal your ghost
Doth you protest to much to you detest the idea that you approach
Things and theories the oh so nearlys
There's not enough air to make it back to the boat

And we've said it many times before
You know what you are

Self confession is a bitter lesson
I'd rather not endure
And this song is my mirror
And each time things clearer
The wisdom of which is easier to ignore
Track Name: Resonate
So you told me to man up
And so I did but I got the man flu
So I thought I was out of action
I stayed inside for satisfaction but that's how I missed you

And I've got to stop wondering
Is it time to improve

So you told me to man up
And so I did but I couldn't concentrate on more than one thing at a time
I was stern but such a fool
But still I would play it cool to stop my mind from wondering
How come you resonate?
Is there more at stake than I'm admitting
Why do I crave for what I know is fake
Why do I argue for the sake of who's not listening
Because I'm not listening

And I have got to stop wondering
Is it time to improve
But I'll try and promise you one thing
And I'll promise you the truth
Track Name: When You Go Home
There it is that look just aint gonna fit in
Like a sore thumb stand out while the rest are sulking
And though you think you've made your case
Well they just think that you're a waste of space now

You try to state oh so eloquently
That these head games don't mean jack shit to me
And though we know you like to fuss
We just say fuck it time for a happy chorus

Don't take me with you when you go home
For centuries it seems we've tried to learn as we go
It's all hypocrisy
Mis-placing your priorities
Don't take me with you when you go home
When you go home

If there's nothing original here
Then I guess we're failing somewhere
If it's only traditional then this click we've built is in a state beyond repair
Track Name: Note That Says / Bright Scenic Reprise
I've been fooling around with these people that I don't know
Trying to keep up but I'm just far too slow
So leave me a note now before you go that says

"You've been another number that I can't count on my fingers
So don't try to pretend there's something between us and
Next time we meet well I just might greet you

With a 'hi have we met like somewhere before?
I hate to freak you out but I might like more'
so don't act weird and I just won't ignore You"

Yeah these feeling have got the best of me I'm high on insecurities
And blues but they don't sound like blues to me so lets just do this happily

Up here it's so confusing
All of the time
Now you're mine

And now I'm looking at all the little differences as if
There's nothing new to do and there's nothing new to try
And I've lost track of where I'm going but
I'm sure that there's a will and I'm sure that there's a why

And this is a time place circumstance all being conjoined
I could try to figure out but I'm scared of what I'll find
So instead I'll sit here and toy with my mind

Until I can crawl into a little spot by the sun
Better think fast now while I'm still young
Give me half a second just to stop and say "I'm done"

Up here it's so confusing
But soon I'll be fine
Now you're mine.
Track Name: 1-2-Seppuku (Feat. NolenNiu-de-Ossi)
Your demons wait beside your best excuse
They open up the escape hatch for you
They side with you until you've lost all hope
They slow you down until you've missed the boat

So when you gonna make your move?
When you gonna start turning the screws?
Cause when they call time on you
The end's as easy as 1-2-seppuku

Honourable gentlemen please don't judge
My prints may match but to me it's just a smudge
I refuse to respect your authority
For I am stubborn in my stupidity

So here I am making my move
Here I stand to see this shit fall through
Cause when they call time on you
The end's as easy as 1-2-seppuku

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