It is our great pleasure to release (finally!) the EP David Floyd has assembled called “Londontown”. Meant as a follow up to his first release
“Antarctica!”. The theme of different locations seemed like a good idea and so started a frenzied pace of recording new material, material which has at last found its way into EP format.
Six tracks have been assembled for “Londontown” and a lot more was “left on the cutting room floor”… to borrow a phrase so often used in the visual medium!
David says he is satisfied with the result and is glad to finally put it all behind him.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his contribution to Antarctic Media’s library of original music and hope to hear more from this composer in the near future!
A little while ago we gave him the opportunity to give us a run down on each track and their respective subject matter. “Londontown” is of
course only a name and we were convinced we could find out a little more about the various other influences on the new material:
“So the whole thing starts with a track called ‘The Conversation’ which is basically about a guy being told by a girl the various things she is
looking for in life, relationships, whatever and he’s really just not buying it. It’s like someone saying something to you but their actions tell
a completely different story. So, even though it’s supposed to be a two-sided conversation it is actually only the MAN telling the story.
He mimics or mocks the voice of his lover and then answers in his own. It’s a little odd, perhaps in a Norman Bates kind of way but these
kinds of conversations tend to go round and round in your head until you eventually either throw it all out or you go completely insane! In the
end he comes to the rather anti-social resolution that in order to survive it’s better to just not love at all.
Why face all that hurt, all the pain and confusion that so often comes from loving someone as he finally declares:
“Close your heart, close your mind, close your eyes, it’s safer there!” That attitude does defeat the purpose of fully experiencing life though, so
I wouldn’t really recommend it, although it can seem like a viable option every now and then.
The second track is an instrumental entitled ‘Rats And Tubes’ which was what it felt like when traveling in the tubes in London. I hated it!
I really did feel like a rat so the track is mostly distorted and eerie ’cause that’s exactly what it felt like at the time, for me at least!
Track three ‘Gemma (My Girl)’ was great fun to record. It’s kind of ’60s in a way. I remember I stayed up late that night and kept singing the vocals over and over again
because I really wanted to convey some degree of desperation to the words. It couldn’t just be ‘I love you and everthing is all right, blah blah blah…’ It had to show the anxiety that is involved with some relationships. ‘You know, I’m so into you but you don’t really seem to be THAT into me and I’m
begging you to love me.’ It’s a completely selfish idea actually but I think a lot of people can relate to it. I guess a lot of young love is like that.
You have this preposterous idea that you actually change a person or MAKE them fall in love with you but in actual fact it’s such a tasteless disregard
for their unique personality, their essence. It’s just disrespectful… but the song is good to listen to! Nice little bits.
‘Late Night Hustle’ is just my take on night life. Actually AFTER the night life, you know when you’re going back home and things just look ‘different’
somehow. I don’t know, I can’t really explain it adequately. It’s just a feeling I get sometimes.
Track five is another instrumental called ‘Heart Beat’ which starts off kind of slow and then goes into a completely different direction towards the end. It was
a satisfying piece to write.
The final track ‘Londontown Finale’ was actually the first piece I wrote for the album. It’s kind of ‘churchy’ in a way. Somehow it makes me think of the
Nick Drake song ‘At The Chime Of A City Clock’, one of his songs from his ‘Bryter Layter’ album which was incidentally HIS ode, if you will to city life, London
in particular. Not that there are any lyrics to ‘Londontown Finale’, it’s the sound of some of the keyboards that makes me think of a clock chiming somewhere
in the city. You hear it floating through the air, but you can’t actually see where it’s coming from.
So, I hope you enjoy the music. I enjoyed writing it and recording it. Thank you all for your wonderful support. It really does mean more to me than you’ll ever know.”
Antarctic Media would like to thank David Floyd for taking the time to speak a bit about “Londontown” and we would like to encourage all our fans to give a listen!
The full EP (or should you wish to purchase individual tracks) will soon be available for purchase on our website http://antarticmedia.com/