Stuart O’Connor – The ‘Go Forth Bright Scenic’ Project
One night, four albums, four formats
On Saturday 18th August 2012, Stuart O’Connor released his fourth solo album at Club 85 in Hitchin – only, this was no ordinary album launch….
This was the ‘Go Forth Bright Scenic’ project, Stuart’s biggest venture yet – four albums, each with its own unique tracklisting, and each in a different format:
– ‘Go’ – Released on USB stick, presenting Stuart’s electronic/ambient side to his music, similar to his Midnight Moth material.
‘Alaskan Sky’, a track taken from the USB electro version of GFBS.
– ‘Forth’ – Released on CD, this features a band effort from Stuart O’Connor and friends, reflecting the more alt-rock/prog side. This version features many of Stuart’s previous musical collaborators, including My Pet Junkie bandmates Leon Camfield and Julia Bell, Chris Hollis, Riad Abji, Vicky Flint and Dave Smale, in addition to a guest appearance from Craig Harris, amongst others.
‘Squeaky Doors’, a track taken from the CD version of GFBS.
– ‘Bright’ – Released on audio tape, featuring a more experimental side.
– ‘Scenic’ – Released on double 12 inch vinyl, combining Stuart’s jazzier and experimental material, as well as live material recorded in Japan; a collaboration with Japanese musician Haco. Also comes with a bonus CD version of this album.
Also featuring live sets from The October Game’s Owen Stephen (debuting his solo material), Craig Harris and Philip Storey, the album launch show went down a storm, with great performances from all involved.
Here’s a little more on the CD and vinyl versions:
‘Forth’ features some of Stuart’s most raw and stripped down moments from the new crop of material, and will not disappoint fans of previous solo albums or MPJ. This version also comes with one bonus live track and three bonus demos, exclusive to the CD version of GFBS. Elements of this CD were recorded in Japan and New Zealand.
‘Scenic’ combines acoustic, jazz and experimental moments. Side C and D includes a live collaboration with Haco, recorded during Stuart’s tour of Japan in 2010, and includes a 33 minute track featuring the song ‘Less Than Lovers, More Than Friends’.
For a taste of what you can expect from current live shows, please check this out:
A live video recorded a couple of months ago, featuring the new song ‘Bright Scenic’ (which features on the USB version) and ‘Dare We Claim Victory’, taken from third album ‘Good Times With Evil’, which is also available from http://www.stuartoconnor.com/ and at live shows.