Rory McVicar | Another Sleepless Night with Rory McVicar

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Another Sleepless Night with Rory McVicar

by Rory McVicar

Songs for the small hours.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. The Only One
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2. Sametime
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3. That's Life
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4. Down, Down, Down
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5. Lonesome Goodnight Music #46
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6. I Will Take the Blame
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7. Bury Me With the Others
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8. [untitled]
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9. Darlin' Wait
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10. O! the Shame
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11. Lonesome Goodnight Music #46 [reprise]
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12. (Don't You) Call My Name
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13. Another Sleepless Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Another Sleepless Night..." is McVicar's second full length album, following on from 2007's eponymous debut. In the years intervening, McVicar has toured the UK extensively, recorded radio sessions for BBC Radio 1 and XFM (amongst others), become disillusioned with the music industry, studied film at University, and considered giving up music altogether, before this album came into being.

"When I first got into music, it was purely for the enjoyment I got out of being creative. I remember with great fondness experimenting on my 4-track cassette recorder in my bedroom as a teenager; the run-up to my first gig; going into the studio for the first time; sending the resulting demo off to the radio and hearing my song being played back across the airwaves and the sheer delirium that induced. To me, music came to represent something of an escape from the monotony of the everyday. Over time, the taste for that escape becomes more and more addictive, until you eventually end up forgetting about the music. The whole thing got so far removed from those innocent early engagements with music, and slowly but surely the joy drained out of it for me."

After taking time out to study film at University, McVicar returns to the world of music here on his own terms, with an entirely independent, self-financed, self-produced release.

"During my time away from music, I continued to write songs in my bedroom, playing gigs sporadically in and around my hometown. It wasn't long before I felt that I potentially had an album on my hands, and the desire began to grow to get these songs recorded."

The desire to be creative was one which McVicar never lost. His

"Going back into the studio, it was like I had been transported back in time to when I was 19 and was making my first visit. I have always loved the recording process so much. I record all my music on a farm in the middle of nowhere, in a studio my friend built out of the shell of a temporary wooden medical unit - the Sickroom. There, I have spent some of the happiest hours of my life. Catching the bus brought back all the excitement and joy that got me into music in the first place."

The production on "Another Sleepless Night..." harks back to a bygone age in the recording of popular music. Recorded directly to quarter inch tape, each track grew out of a central live performance by McVicar. From there, with the help of a small band comprised of members of the terrific bands Magoo and Monkey Swallows the Universe, each song underwent something of a transformation with the addition of new and varied musical textures.

"It's great working with Owen (Turner, producer/multi-instrumentalist), because he is always up for trying out unusual production techniques. We recorded some cutlery clanking on 'Sametime', but the fork kept flying off the chair it was resting on. In the end, we developed an elaborate cutlery rig which involved me lying on the floor, quiet as a mouse, fixing teaspoons into place. Andrew (Rayner, of the band Magoo) played drums on the whole album, and it really is a testament to his maverick talent that so much of it sounds in time! I decided I didn't want to use any computerised aid for keeping time on this album. I wanted everything to be as free and loose as it would be in any natural performance. That is all very idealistic, but I didn't ever take into account the fact that people would be trying to second-guess my timing later on! Also Nat Johnson (ex Monkey Swallows the Universe) came down to sing on some songs. I have been good friends with Nat since she invited me up to Sheffield for a gig some years ago now, and I always wanted her to feature on this album. I love the sound of her voice, and I think her involvement really made some of the songs on this album."

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