Recover and Discover are two twin EPs of six songs each, released in 2020 through Skipalong Records. The journey of their creation is all about finding a way back to loving music and writing music again, through reinterpreting other great songs. “Music is a salve for me and I have always used songwriting as a barometer of my own mental health. When this therapy stopped ...(展开全部) Recover and Discover are two twin EPs of six songs each, released in 2020 through Skipalong Records. The journey of their creation is all about finding a way back to loving music and writing music again, through reinterpreting other great songs. “Music is a salve for me and I have always used songwriting as a barometer of my own mental health. When this therapy stopped working a couple of years ago, it took a long time to find my way back, and it was the exploration of these covers that go me back in the studio to record new music as well.” On My Side: I wrote this song sitting on my back deck, on the ukulele, when i was feeling very forlorn one day. I had some rough months last year, dealing with anxiety and depression about the world in general and found the support of my partner very comforting. It’s just so good to feel like you have someone there for you, and to be there for other people. Sometimes you can’t solve the problems, but you can ease them through connecting. I didn’t even know what chords i was playing. I was just fiddling around and then later had to figure out what the hell i was playing when we went into the studio. It’s nice sometimes to be a novice musician, if you can let go and just trust your ear. What Goes Up: This was the last song i wrote for the EP. The flood gates were really open by this stage and i think with this one i’ve created a classic Lenka song, much like my early songs exploring the ups and downs of our own mental and emotional journeys. I do this so i can make myself feel better about everything not being perfect all the time. It’s my therapy and it really works for me! Then i get to play the song live and remind myself again and again. Sweet Time: This one is an exploration of a mood i was in one day, without trying too hard to define it. I just wanted to float for a while and somehow capture that feeling of the in-between. The production on this by Darren Seltmann is so good. He was a founding member of The Avalanches and has a real knack for layering textures and effects that make you feel like you’re really inside something. Back On Track: Believe it or not this song was inspired by something my kid’s teacher said about his behaviour. He had been a bit naughty and just needed to get “back on track”, she said. Classic mum move, i stole it for a pop song! I have also felt this myself, and in disciplining my own behaviour from time to time, i know the process well. You have to be humble to evolve. We wanted to give this song a slightly darker, tougher vibe as it is exploring some darker territory. Feelings like regret and guilt, owing up to something and wanting to get better. These are not fun feelings. Little Love: This song is about that flirty feeling you get when you see someone you’re attracted to and it’s just not appropriate to do anything other than fantasize. It’s got a cartoony feel because it’s an “unreal” feeling. It’s in my imagination, my mind going to places as i daydream about all the lovers i could have. Goodbye Beautiful Day: I wrote this in the bath one evening. We have an outdoor bath and i had a glass of wine and soaked while the sun set. It had been a lovely, spontaneous family day and i just wanted to show my gratitude to the universe for that. It’s very simple, musically. The same ascending line repeats and repeats and doesn’t change. Sometimes that’s enough.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Darren Seltmann at Creative Step Practical Step, Sydney, Australia, 2019. Mastered by Josh Schuberth. Vocals, keyboards, ukulele and steel drum: Lenka Pedal steel guitar: Michael Rose Harp: Judy Seltmann Synths, programming and percussion: Darren Seltmann All songs written by Lenka Kripac.
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On My Side What Goes Up Sweet Time Back on Track Little Love Goodbye Beautiful Day