- Back from NZ with a clip of gold
SO THE NORTH ISLAND of New Zealand is breathtaking and I was brave enough to steal the equally as breathtaking Vanessa Cole and fly over there in a little plane to shoot a video clip for my song Loch Ness. NZ is cold and snowy in June, but with the warmth of a $14.95 electric heater and a Monteiths lager to guide us, we unravelled the mysteries and magic of early morning mist to deliver us to a clip of gold.
The Loch Ness video features this hauntingly beautiful actor in eery and spectacular NZ scenery. After 24 hours of road mileage, we found our 'inner Wes Craven' and have produced a humble offering that illustrates the beauty of this great nation, whilst capturing the essence of the story told by the guitar in this, my personal favourite, instrumental composition. I hope you crack a $50 bottle of Pinot and find an old leather recliner by a wood fire, open your laptop and explore our little work of love in its entirety. And then share it with your friends and grandparents.
You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel DOBROSIS if you feel like it on the night. Everything I do, I do for the love of art and beauty.
- It is here at last!
The Caribbean Sessions EP has arrived.You can buy it from iTunes and recieve a 6 page digital booklet here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/the-caribbean-sessions-ep/id886701531
...or grab a hard copy from this website.
Sent to you for $20 all inclusive. Holy Bermuda Batman!
- Bridie O'Brien- The Caribbean Seesions
- "The Caribbean Sessions is as sun-dappled and languid as the island of Anguilla, where it was recorded.
The album was created by Oâ€™Brien and drummer, producer and enabler Syd Green â€“ the same dynamic duo behind Highway Heart Ââ€“ and recorded in various rooms across the island, including a haunted plantation house and a hand-built church.
Oâ€™Brien arrived with an acoustic guitar and not much else. She borrowed a cheap electric guitar from a local boy called Romano and her and Green made percussion from rum bottles, cutlery and other home-made percussives. Like true future-primitives they used pebbles and they used iPhone apps.
They made music from whatever was at hand. Toilet-roll trumpets show up on the recording, as does the ubiquitous Caribbean steel pan drum which adds its bird-like bell song to all six tracks.
The gentle steel drum which opens the album is all but crushed by the heavy guitar of â€˜Hey Little Buddyâ€™ which rolls across the track like storm clouds over sea. Itâ€™s heavy but it is a love song, a song of friendship." [Read More...]
- 2nd Caribbean single WALKING ON THE MOON released today!
What do you think of our take on this classic Police song?
Head to itunes and get your copy.... it is different, in a Caribbean way.
Syd's drumming is phenomenal.
- Back from a Caribbean dream...
Early February this year saw me on one of many planes bound for the Caribbean to meet my friend and producer Syd Green in Anguilla. A self funded search for happiness and to excavate the songs that I had buried away. Anguilla is a remote, goat and rum ridden unruly country bearing resemblance at times to the third world. Most locals hitch hike across the country or drive beat up door-less cars. There are a few sports cars here and there. Tourists are thin spread and reek of the ultra wealthy elite. A six pack of corona is $7 US. A litre of top shelf rum is $10US. A small block of cheese is $8 US, an unusual value system that took some time to comprehend.
It is hot, humid and has the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world.
Syd had access to a gorgeous sounding drum kit, some designer mics and a protools 003 rig and laptop. I brought over 1 acoustic guitar from Oz and thanks to the generosity of a local boy named Romaro who let me borrow his electric guitar, we set forth to make an EP. We had a spectacular view of the ocean and not much else. We made percussion from pebbles, rum bottles, a broken fan, cutlery, sticks and parmesan jars. I wrote songs without words and some with. We battled power and water outages for hours at a time, sometimes a few days. I arrived broken in spirit from a downhearted 2 years and a sore body from working too hard to even afford the journey. Within hours though, I started to heal and a few days later I started to love and forgive myself.... I also had an epiphany of gratitude, which has stayed with me.
The songs are so different. But each one is visited by the steel pan drum.
We recorded in a haunted plantation house from 1767 and a prestigious art academy on the cliff facing towards Barbados. We also recorded in a hand built church.We were faced with low-fi options and technical challenges, and even though I could have over-dubbed back here in Australia, I decided not to. I wanted this EP to remain true to its creation. It was made in Anguilla and every sound you hear was crafted there.
The songs vary in subject matter. 'Doggy Point Mix' was inspired after being forced to walk past a native couple having doggy style sex on a car. They blocked our only path and they wouldn’t stop or move. It was extremely confrontational. Therefore, pretty funny once we made it home to relive the event. One of many stories.
The songs were produced by Syd Green and myself. Syd Green mixed and mastered the EP.
We used a drum kit, electric guitar, iphone apps, steel pan drum, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and toilet roll trumpets as the instruments.Making it was amazing and I am so glad I took a chance on myself.
I hope you enjoy it all.
THE CARIBBEAN SESSIONS will be released on itunes on the 10th June. Full band EP launch at the Vanguard on the 17th June 2014.
The first single HEY LITTLE BUDDY is currently available on itunes.
Mixed and mastered by Syd Green.
- Fun in the Rum - The Caribbean Project
'Fortune favours the brave' ~ Virgil
RECORDING A FOUR TRACK EP IN ANGUILLA IN FEBRUARY 2014.
I am lucky and crazy enough to have been presented with an opportunity to record my third album in Anguilla, a remote island in the Caribbean.
I am certain this is one adventure that will produce some extraordinary sounds. There is a strong sense of Buena Vista Social Club meets Arabian blues riffs over reggae beats & Spanish progressions with local Anguillian guest appearances and all polished off with Ashfield spunk.
It is with immense pleasure and pride that I can announce I will be teaming up with award winning producer Syd Green on this album.
If you happen to like me and/or if you like my music, and would like to contribute to the recording by throwing some cold hard cash my way - well you can!
(The airfares to paradise are killer, but I hear the rum is cheap.)
Please press the DONATE button and give what you can.
If you donate $10 I will consider you tops and amazing all in one. If you pop in $25 I will send you my recent CD as thanks and if you donate $45 or more I will put your name on the new CD's artwork as a credit and special thanks.
So... Here I go. Travelling to a world, a world away, to make world music, my way.
Every month I will post a little vid and/or picture to show you how my preparation is going and to reveal more details about the project. So please stay in touch and share the journey. Thankyou x
'The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.' ~ William Shakespere
- 2 weeks to go!
Almost time to fly over to England and lovely Ireland to play some shows and meet some new friends. Very excited.