South Of The River is my first full length solo release - a Spaghetti Western themed concept album that tells the story of a young charity fundraiser who keeps himself sane by pretending to be Clint Eastwood. I wrote and recorded the album over six months in 2011, and released it independently in early 2012.
The style and orchestration borrows heavily from film composers such as Ennio Morricone and Elmer Bernstein, imitating music from classic Western films to tell the character's story. Mariachi trumpets, whipcracks, jews' harps, castanets, Spanish guitars, whistling and a large percussion section come together to form an expansive, rich and cinematic sonic landscape.
Aside from a few small overdubs, I played all the instruments, and various songs from the album are common staples of my live cabaret set.