All of these tracks were recorded in mid 2014 to early 2015. This EP represents the initial birth of Once Around Saturn. It was a time of getting back into music after many years away from playing synths. Though all the songs are written by me, I was fortunate enough to work with a wonderful engineer, who also thought like a producer; if not for his collaborative approach, these songs would be lesser versions of how they ended up. I learnt much working with him.
It is at A Sharp Recording Studio where Jeff suggested getting Amanda Easton to sing on the songs. We’d tried a couple of singers that naturally wanted to Rn’B them up, but I needed someone with an 80s sensibility. When I was writing the songs, I wasn’t set on a female vocalist, but now, a few years later, I can’t imagine them any other way. Those initial sessions in the studio undoubtedly influenced my song writing since.
It is only now that I’m releasing the tracks as a collective. My writing and producing continues to evolve, as you’ll hear from the EP, These Promises and future releases, but this is where it started. This is the sound that came out when I plugged in my new toys.
All songs written by: Dan Kelso
Keyboards: Dan Kelso
Vocals: Amanda Easton
Vocals: John Kater
Sound Engineer: Jeff Cripps
Recorded and mixed at A Sharp Recording Studio.