Tiger Moth Tales have a new studio album entitled The Whispering Of The World, and Pete Jones is the mastermind behind the music.
Pete Jones, who is also keyboard player with Camel and Francis Dunnery’s It Bites, finally gets to release the album that was originally planned for release earlier this year. The new album finds Pete Jones accompanied by a grand piano, and the amazing sound of a string quartet, all captured by the state of the art recording facilities at Fieldgate Studios in South Wales.
«I have filmed many of my past promotional videos at Fieldgate and as they also have a beautiful Fazioli grand piano it was a no brainer to record the album there. I had distinguished Welsh composer Ian Lawson at my disposal and he was invaluable with his time and expertise in creating the musical scores for the string quartet that we decided to use to complement the album. Thankfully, Ian was able to take the parts from my demos and score them out. Then the real reward was to sit there in the studio as the players brought the score and the songs to life».
This is the first Tiger Moth Tales album not recorded and produced solely by Jones in his home studio and he had to adopt a different approach in regards to the recording process.«I’m used to working on my own, and having total control, so having to work in conjunction with an engineer and producer was a little daunting at first. Rob Reed needs no introduction and Andrew Lawson is a first rate engineer so I quickly learned to relax and enjoy the whole experience».
«The Whispering Of The World’ is the most personal album from Jones since his debut Tiger Moth Tales release Cocoon. While there are many prog moments in keeping with the usual TMT sound, the compositions are more like traditional songs, with the strings providing a warm and rich palette which supports Jones’s emotion filled piano and vocals. The themes of the songs are of nature, memories of time spent with family and friends, plus deeper themes of depression, bereavement and coming to terms with mortality».
«I started off with the nature theme in mind, but while writing these songs, I realised I was calling on memories of times which were deeply embedded in my mind. These were moments which inspired me, or which left a big impression on me. But in that year of writing, two people very dear to me passed away and I felt the need to collect my thoughts by writing them down. It developed into a reflection on mortality, how to deal with losing loved ones, and what impression we leave behind ourselves when it’s time to go».
With the stripped back nature of the songs, instead of the usual big production associated with Tiger Moth Tales, Jones has used the strings to create the magical moods in the pieces.
«On this album we’ve gone back to traditional methods, using the string section to recreate sounds like bird songs and also of the sea and the breeze blowing through the rocks. The players rose wonderfully to the task. There are so many feelings and memories captured on this album which are very personal to me. But, as with Cocoon, I hope that others will get a lot of enjoyment and emotion from this collection of songs. I certainly loved every minute of making the album and I’m really grateful to everyone who helped make it happen».
The Whispering Of The World will be released on December 4th and is available for pre-order now on the White Knight Records website.
Taking The Dawn
The Whispering Of The World
Sweeter Than Wine
A Town By The Sea
Lost To The Years
The Quiet Room Session (FULL PERFORMANCE)
The Quiet Room Session
2. Feels Alright
3. Match Girl
4. The Ballad Of Longshanks John
7. Taking The Dawn
8. A Visit To Chigwick
3. The Whispering Of The World