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Thursday 02 July 2020

Nearly Half-A-Decade On A Refreshingly Sober Aidan Knight Returns With A New Set Of Musical LA Stories

Returning after four years away, Aidan Knight's penchant for astute observations and personal reflections remains a compelling component of his songwriting.



 Ahead of his new self-titled album, Aidan has shared new single Sixteen Stares, a track title that is a play on words from the famous Hollywood skateboarding area known as the sixteen stairs.

"Gotta say that I thought 2020 would be a much different world to release a new record into," says Aidan.

"It's been four years since 'Each Other' - streaming continues to grow in influence, bands are being asked not to simply write and perform but to curate playlists, merchandise, and do their own accounting. 

"And yet, many things haven't dramatically changed - the climate crisis continues to elude politicians, songwriters and performers who labour to create all music still haven't seized the means of production, and I still enjoy a bowl of cereal now and then.

"I remember waking up in a tent after playing Glastonbury when Brexit happened in 2016. 

"Loading-in at First Avenue in Minneapolis the night Prince died. Rescuing a hedgehog in Rotterdam after having a panic attack on stage. So many memories filed away at the time. 

"I stopped drinking in 2017, stopped self-sabotaging and started recording new music in our two bedroom apartment. We moved in July of 2018 after nine years there. 


"Predictably, I panicked and thought about scrapping the entire record because I was extremely sad and couldn't tell anyone. Self-improvement isn't always linear I suppose. You can falter and yet all's not lost.

"I'm sure I won't be the last singer-songwriter to mine the depths of their ennui, depression and suffering for lyrics but these twelve songs are also some of the clearest and most shameful memories I have. 

"When you feel horribly exposed but calm singing a line for the first time, you know it's right. 

"Domestic bliss, unrelenting loneliness, death, love, taxing the rich, new life, the splendour of nature, renovating the basement, misunderstanding your parents, gender, body negativity – y'know, stuff that sells.

"In short, this is a modern record that borrows from a long history of techniques and songwriters that have inspired me. 

"Every writer loves their newest thing, so it's redundant to say that I'm proud of these songs and think they are my best work yet. 

"So, without further ado, I hope this music finds you healthy and ready to create a better world than it is right now."

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, LP, and very limited clear / black vinyl. CLICK HERE to secure your copy.

by: Mike Cobley




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A movement that started in Berlin during lockdown that has spread to over sixty-five cities around the world, United We Stream Brighton will showcase the music, culture and free-thinking rainbow infused spirit to viewers at home, whilst raising money for the city's night-time economy, cultural organisations and charities.

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