- 30 Oct 02
Producer and film-scorer Ken McHugh unveils his debut album
Tales From Inside A Bubble was to be the original title of Autamata’s debut album My Sanctuary. “I wanted to convey the fact that I wasn’t writing music for a scene, or music to be put in any one category,” says Dubliner Ken McHugh of his first solo project. “Eventually I felt that My Sanctuary conveyed the same message in fewer words.”
The message is an interesting and unusual one. In a musical climate where recapitulation is often favoured over originality, Autamata’s album is astonishingly eclectic. In the broadest sense it is an electronic record, but one listen to the five tracks from the Amnesiac-influenced opener ‘Fragments’ to the orchestral sweep of ‘Little Green Men’, is enough to give any pigeonholer a sleepless night.
“I was definitely conscious of the fact that it has lots of different styles,” concedes McHugh. “I love the freedom of being able to write whatever I want, but sometimes I have to control myself. It didn’t take long to record [the album], but in the mixing stage it took a while to get the whole thing to flow. From the outset I wanted My Sanctuary to be a varied collection so that in future people are aware of what I can do. So there is some method to the madness.”