Written over a two-year period and heavily influenced by Hue’s troubled and anxious state of mind at the time, he explains,
“the album was written while I was living with a schizophrenic golfing marijuana shaman who spent 8 hours a day shaking maracas on his knees whilst massaging himself and giving complex advice on posture and world politics to the other housemates and myself…
Things needed to change. I wrote songs and got some new housemates. Meanwhile the shaman is living in a volcano in Nicaragua and having a great time and I’m releasing the album 3 years later and still in the same house.”
Hue Blanes, Ben Hanlon, and Daniel Farrugia have been playing as a trio everytime the stars align, and the soup is right.
Their first jazz trio album is an exploration of the musical concept 'contrafact'. A contrafact is a composition that uses the chord progressions of an existing tune.
‘Autumn Nightmares’ is the only contrafact of the album. ‘What’ll I do’, a fake contrafact. The other compositions belong somewhere along those two extremes of that musical concept.
Monk swung it, this trio played it straight.
Bombay Royale frontwoman Parvyn Singh and singer-songwriter Hue Blanes have joined forces on a captivating new project - Singh & Blanes.
Inspired by Golden Age jazz duets of the '30s and '40s, I Choose You merges classic jazz melodies with Eastern and Western instrumentation, as harmonium intertwines with piano, and English lyrics intertwine with Punjabi.
Socially awkward, bleak, wry, and personal. Hue Blanes’ first solo album, Sad Songs Make Me Happy, is an exploration of simple things and hopeless situations. Featuring honest and unglamorous cover art, it’s a remarkable solo debut in stripped back piano, bass and drums.
Hue wrote the album cycling between his home in Brunwick, and his mother’s house in Blackburn. In his own words, this album ‘captures uncertainty’.