"Lost And Found is the first album by The Happy Fallen, a solo project from Manchester's Neale James, an artist who's worked with the likes of Craig Gannon, John Bramwell, Stella Grundy and Ivor Perry. The Happy Fallen is him branching out on his own and the results are quite spectacular."
Even The Stars
Full Album Review:
The Happy Fallen is a solo project by Neale James. He has played in many bands over the years, and played with many well respected Manchester musicians/artists including Craig Gannon (of Aztec Camera/ The Smiths), Ivor Perry (Easterhouse/The Cradle), John Bramwell (The Mouth/ I Am Kloot), Stella Grundy (Intastella), and still working on occasional musical projects with Monica Ward (Happy Mondays/Domino Bones).
This album is a collection of old and new recordings. The older recordings have been remixed, remastered with new vocals and instruments added.
Psychedelic Rock and Garage Rock have always seem to be linked together. Although, to me they are quite opposites. Garage Rock has always been basic, stripped down, no-nonsense meeting of primal energy and musical instrument (or whatever object is at hand to bang, pluck or sometimes throw). Whereas Psychedelic Rock always seemed more expansive and exploratory. Transcending the well-worn formula of three chord 'verse/bridge/chorus' approach. Psychedelia is not a sound or a genre, to me. It is a state of mind. A desire to create sounds/frequencies that resonate with alternative states of consciousness. Sometimes drug-induced, sometimes not. Afterall, our bodies are already loaded with plenty of 'natural drugs' without having to call the local pharmacist. Anyway, I digress. What I mean is that all music is Psychedelic, in a way. It affects our whole being, our psyche/soul. If it resonates with something within, it works. It's just that some music doesn't go so far as to touch those deep, dark recesses of our soul/psyche. But, if it makes you feel good, go with it. If not, change the frequencies until something clicks inside. That's all I do. A parametric equaliser for the soul. Keep adjusting until something clicks. All is frequency. We just gotta find the ones that make us feel good. I'm not sure what kind of music I make. I just twiddle until it feels right.
Incidentally, all these songs have been recorded using the A= 432hz tuning as opposed to the normal 440hz. I find it more natural and less uptight and compressed.
Most of these songs are quite loose, some with no real structure. I could quite happily play one chord for hours. If it was the right one.
OPEN WIDE: When the pressures of modern life get too much throw open the curtains and wave at strangers. They may wave back.
I GOT FREE: Releasing oneself from self-imposed chains and manacles. The 'safe word' is Freedom.
PLANET X: Lots of talk about rogue planets. I reckon they're all well-behaved when compared to the atrocities committed on this rock.
ASYLUM: Seeking refuge in another land or another person. Alternatively, who are the crazies? Those inside the walls or those outside?
FIRE BABY: One chord exploration of strange dreams with repetitious beats. I wrote six short verses then chopped them up. They made more sense when chopped.
MONKEY BOOTS: Comfortable footwear is essential when facing life's ups and downs. Happy feet for a happy head. Freedom starts with an 'F' and so does Footwear. More than just a coincidence, I believe.
FOREVER NOW (Instrumental): To live in the present. To ignore the push of the past and the pull of the future. To be still.
ULTRAWAVE: There are invisible forces governing and guiding all our actions. Merely frequencies and vibration. If they could be seen they would probably look a bit like cheap disco lights.
MOVE ON (Acoustic): It's sometimes easy to get locked in the past. Cyclical thoughts with recurring themes. A hamster wheel comes to mind. It looks like fun, but what is good for a hamster isn't always good for a human.
Peace folks x