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Carry The Martyr Released In Full by Simeon Smith

Hey everyone, and a Happy New Year to the lot of you.

Since the end of the summer I’ve been working on an album, called CARRY THE MARTYR, releasing tracks as I go: No promo, no noise, just having fun in the studio and uploading stuff when it sounded kind of finished.

While I’ve totally loved producing the painstaking piano soundscapes of PENINSVLA and CELLS, I just wanted to make some fun music, with my heart, not my head. CARRY THE MARTYR hopes to be just that.

It got more attention than I expected and had some lovely radio support from Adam Thomas Walton at BBC Cymru Wales (thanks bro!).

Well, since breaking up for work before Christmas I’ve been working at ironing out creases and gluing the whole project together. It’s done and there’s 10 bloody tracks of the thing. While I often find my music hard-to-describe, not this album. This album is 100% house music. 120bpm, 4-to-the-floor from start to finish.

Listen and download for free here: carrythemartyr.bandcamp.com and it’ll be on Spotify et al soon.

And now, as a New Year’s present, it’s yours. I hope you enjoy it on your New-Years-Resolution runs, at your New-Years-Resolution gym sessions, and while scoffing 20 toblerones in your car sat on the driveway as you fail your New-Years-Resolution diet.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

(A note on project names: Every time I release music under a different name, I get the same questions: Are you not doing XXX music anymore? Has XXX band broken up? Is this a new XXX?… Nah, guys, it’s just a way of segmenting my increasingly ridiculous back-catalog. Plus, I loves me a new logo.)

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Album Launch by Simeon Smith

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PENINSVLA is out today

Download or stream it via whichever channel takes your fancy: 

iTunes / Apple Music / Spotify / Amazon / Bandcamp 

Or have a listen, right here, right now: 

Would love to hear from you if you're enjoying the album. Drop me a tweet. 

5 Things You Might Want to Know about PENINSVLA by Simeon Smith

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My new album, PENINSVLA is out on Friday. Here's the skinny: 

  1. You can preorder now at www.peninsvla.co.uk, and will get two tracks now, or you can wait until Friday and stream or download via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon... basically, choose your poison. 
  2. There are two music videos. One is for "Agendaless. Neutral. Transparent." and you can watch it now here. The other is "I didn't come here to tell you you're wrong. I just want to bring you home.", which will be out tomorrow (Nov 1st) exclusively to the free Presence App, and on general release a month later. This video stars local actress and fellow sailor Rhian Williams, and was kindly financed by Presence
  3. The album is more stripped down and acoustic than my previous work, and features tenor guitar, double bass and keys, all recorded live. 
  4. The album is also the first major work to feature my modular synthesizer
  5. The cover was shot to film on a Lomo LC-A, at Mewslade

My Tunes added to the British Library by Simeon Smith

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Crazy email of the day:

Got an email asking if I’d be okay (?!) with the British Library adding my back catalogue to their collection. Of course I thought it was a scam, but did some digging around on their website, and no, really, this was an email from a real curator really asking me this.

They’re currently working on a collection of independent music releases, so I guess having never been properly signed to a label has its benefits.

So in a couple of millennia, when your cryogenically frozen body has been thawed Demolition Man style, and you’re hunting for some tunes from the olden days (aka, 2017), pop down to the British Library and look me up.

If you don't want to wait until then, my new album, PENINSVLA, is now available for pre-order and will be out on Nov. 3rd:

Global Village [GALLERY] by Simeon Smith

Went to Merthyr, played some tunes, took some photos.