Ex-Boomtown Rats guitarist Gerry Cott is set to release an album of solo acoustic guitar instrumentals
Each work will evoke a different urban place, including Dublin, Carrickfergus, New York and Tokyo. Entitled Urban Soundscapes, the album comprises twelve original guitar pieces alongside a unique arrangement for solo guitar of Lennon and McCartney’s classic track ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
To create a guitar album with appeal for aficionados and players alike, Cott rehearsed and recorded his album in the old fashioned way, live in the studio and in single takes with no edits or clean-ups. As Cott told Hot Press, “I wanted these guitar recordings to engage the listener’s right brain and disengage the left!
No vocal narrative to impose or direct attention; the listener decides where to go with it. Since childhood, village, town and city soundscapes have fascinated me. We travel through the detail of our daily lives, perhaps alone like Eleanor Rigby or in the midst of family, friends or strangers. But always, we travel solo within an urban soundscape”.
Urban Soundscapes is released on University of Sound Records. The website: www.gerrycott.com contains the stories behind the music.
Liverpool: Eleanor Rigby
Munich: Central Station to Seeg
New York: Cab Ride
London: The Southbank Nighttime
Santander: Looking Out on a Stormy Sea
Kiev: Big Cars, Darkened Windows
San Francisco: Up The Down Staircase
Maui: The Road to Hana
Dublin: Empty Streets With Distant Echoes
Scarborough: Going to the Fair
Carrickfergus: Looking Back