Martin Cliffe | The Thinking Tree

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The Thinking Tree

by Martin Cliffe

Guitar-based, catchy pop-rock instrumental music with blues and country influences, memorable tunes and a live performance vibe.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Road Back Home
3:39 $0.99
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2. Can You Hear Me?
3:35 $0.99
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3. Remembering
4:08 $0.99
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4. Reflections
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Instrumental music has no language barriers. This was a key thought behind Martin's reason for putting this recording together, his first extended release since moving to Hong Kong in 2013. The four tracks on this EP explore different emotions: the opening track, Road Back Home, is about being displaced and the joy of returning to the familiar; Can You Hear Me?, a concise reworking of a piece he released with former band Voyager Project, explores the feeling of loneliness and invisibility; Remembering is a tribute to a close friend who tragically passed away earlier in 2016; Reflections is a contemplative piece looking back at the changing circumstances of life. But what makes instrumental music special is that you can draw your own story from the music.

The tracks were recorded in March and April 2016 in Hong Kong; Martin played all drum, bass and guitar parts as well as engineering and mixing the project. An online video diary of the process is available on his YouTube channel. It marks a new chapter in his musical journey, moving away from extended progressive structures towards short and memorable pop-rock melodies, and letting his guitar do the singing instead of his voice. The performances are very honest, with minimal editing and no tuning or timing adjustment, and the tracks were mixed to sound as if it was a very tight-knit band performing together in a studio. There were no samples, keyboards or other electronic elements used in this recording, just real acoustic drums, real guitars, pedals and amplifiers.

In many ways, this EP represents another step along a musical journey that started over 25 years ago, but in another sense, this is the first step in a new journey. The next recording project is already underway. Watch this space!

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