Over the next few weeks we will be sharing our own thoughts on our Molehills out of Mountains album. Starting this week, here’s Sam Kipling’s angle. Feel free to leave a comment below.

I’m extremely proud of Molehills out of Mountains as it’s the end product of a long and challenging, but ultimately rewarding, journey.  Made almost entirely at home (apart from a few drum-tracks recorded at Stonegate Studio in Bentham), using our own equipment, our own ears and our own time; we’ve had to learn how to do stuff along the way.  Struggling to keep in perspective what’s good or bad, right or wrong, when immersed from head to toe in every performance of every instrument on every song.  Every hit, every strum, every bum note, skipped beat or repeated take.  At times I felt like giving up – or at least starting from scratch.  Thousands of takes were binned.  Two entire songs were even ditched.  Yet what’s left is a succinct but accurate portrait of Wilful Missing in 2011.  A memento of a group of good friends and talented musicians so profoundly greater than the sum of its parts that I can’t believe I’m part of it.

My favourite lyric is “My road to ruin, My oldest friend” from ‘Cry for the City’.

The arrangement of ‘Powerful Pill‘ (especially the rhythm section) is just brilliant, and a testament to the chaotic process of idea unravelling which produced it.

The keys solo on ‘London Road‘ brings a huge smile to my face always.

And the staggering depth and quality of instrumentation and performance by Sam Lawrence on virtually every song, firmly stitches each and every idea into a coherent whole.  It’s been a long time in the making, but Molehills out of Mountains is finally here…

Next week, Sam Lawrence will be giving his thoughts on the album.

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