I’ve been quite lazy, lately, but eventually I rolled up my sleeves and came up with something new, a short instrumental EP called “Axiom”:
The one above is the Bandcamp link, but it will appear on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. too in the next few days, if that’s more your cup of tea.
The EP is heavily inspired by 70s and early 80s hard rock, with several homages to different bands and artists I love. The title is a reference in itself: my axiom, in fact, my undeniable truth on which everything is based, is how guitars shaped my whole life, which is why guitars are very much at the center of the whole work. Besides, can you really call yourself a true guitar player if you don’t release anything with “axe” in the title?
This is a big moment for me, since these are the first tracks I worked on using Pipewire’s shim of JACK, rather than native JACK, and most importantly using Ardour 7.2.0 instead of the Ardour 6.x that I had used so far. Needless to say, it was an amazing experience, and I cant wait to get back to them for new tracks! Everything else was also done using FOSS, with the exception of my POD X3 Live, which I used for all guitar parts.
Hope you’ll enjoy this, looking forward to your thoughts and feedback!
Quick FYI… Andrew Latimer is still very much alive I was due to see Camel again next month, but sadly the tour was cancelled not long ago because he needed emergency back surgery (that’s decades of playing Les Pauls for you!).
He was heading towards terminal illness something like over 15 years ago but had a bone-marrow transplant and is now recovered. I was at the first gig of Camel’s comeback tour (good grief, it’s ten years ago ) – he got a standing ovation just for walking on stage. What a gig that was Saw them a couple of times since, but unfortunately missed the Moonmadness tour a few years back.
Oh that’s amazing to hear! I was pretty sure he had passed away (possibly after reading the news you mentioned), and knowing there’s still a chance I could see him play live sooner or later changed my day! I listened to the whole “Rajaz” album so many times that I may know every note better than him by now