Rock ‘n’ roll’s ‘birthplace’ draws Winchester musician back

For Stuart Smith from Winchester it was a fresh inspiration that brought him back to a well-known studio.

“I was working on a second full album,” said Smith. “I had a couple of songs that didn’t quite fit this record. One of them in particular, I thought I’ll hold on to it, put it on the shelf, come back and do something with it at some point.

“Somehow I put aside those who were a bit popular. Next, I turned back to Sun, booked the appointment, and began writing in earnest. In the end, I had these six songs. ”

“The Sun EP Vol. 2” is available on Smith’s website at stuartsmithmusic.org and through music services such as Amazon, Spotify and iTunes.

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The “Sun” in this case is Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, where Smith recorded the tracks on the 2019 “The Sun EP”.

Now he has “The Sun EP Vol. 2.”

“The first kind started for me in Europe, which I wasn’t expecting,” said Smith. “It’s the first time that critics have reviewed an album and said nice things about it. It doesn’t mean that (the EP) is good or bad; it’s just nice (to hear). Critics or journalists from all over the world found this record and found it good. ”

The timing wasn’t great though. When he realized what was happening to his music, especially in England and Belgium, it only took a few months for the COVID-19 pandemic to bring much of the planet to a standstill.

“I didn’t necessarily have any plans to ever return to Sun – it was a one-off,” said Smith, explaining that he didn’t want to duplicate that first EP.

However, the songs he withheld from the new album required something special.

“Instead of trying to get her fit” on the new album, he recalled that Sun has a reputation for a sound that is “pretty raw, pretty simply cut” and decided, “it would probably be a good place to do this again. ” . ”

“It’s just as nerve-wracking the second time as the first,” said Stuart of the studio that recorded music legends like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. “Probably more because I knew what to expect this time. I took down some old guitars and taped them live. ”

This means that the new EP has a completely different sound than his first album “War Horse” and the upcoming album. And it’s not just a repeat of the first EP.

“The album I’m finishing now, which will be out later this year, has a lot of synth and electronic elements,” he said. “Every little detail is produced a great deal.”

“Vol. 2 “is more” withdrawn and raw, “he said.

“That’s how they did it 60 years ago, and it’s never really been updated,” said Smith. “It’s cut live. No bugs were fixed. It’s pretty raw, something I wouldn’t normally put on an album. ”

However, it reminds him of some of his idols and the way they were recorded in the studio’s early years.

“If it felt right, you just hit the record,” he said. “It wasn’t perfect, but it was more about getting (the feeling). You could see that they had just found a moment that was right and that moved you. It doesn’t matter … if they sang off the field. You conveyed a feeling. ”

Expecting imperfection is a stress in its own right.

“As an artist, it’s nerve-wracking to say, ‘Well there it is, warts and everything,” said Smith.

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