Alex Lloyd goes back to basics with new album Acoustica
ALEX Lloyd is going back to basics with his new album Acoustica.
The ARIA Award-winner revisits a dozen of his songs in his new acoustic release, which is out today.
"When I was asked to do this record last year I didn't have a whole record myself to put out so it was a good opportunity for me to go back and play around with some old stuff," he told APN.
"I really just tried to keep it simple and beautiful, minimalizing the amount of instrumentation and really trying to make a nice record in a short amount of time. I gave myself three weeks as I have a tendency to over-produce things."
He gives the stripped-back treatment, using everything from ukuleles and mandolins to piano, to his hit songs including Amazing, Coming Home and Black the Sun.
"I love the strings on Coming Home; they're very much in the style of The Beatles," he said.
"It took me 18 attempts to work out how to do Never Meant to Fail again. Every time I kept recording it, it sounded like the original."
Lloyd will hit the road next month with a more intimate version of his backing band for a national Acoustica tour.
"I didn't want to just make an acoustic record with me sitting on a stool with a guitar," he said.
"I've got a guy to play mandolin and I play ukulele, guitar and bass.
"I want to capture what's on the record and share that honestly live."
The 41-year-old father of four said he's still a long way off from releasing his next studio album. His last album Urban Wilderness, released in 2013, was partially crowdfunded by his fans.
"I've predominantly been writing songs for other people. I went to Nashville recently and did some writing over there with some country artists," he said.
"For me to write a record these days, for myself, takes a long time. I feel like I've said a lot of stuff in my career and it's hard to find stuff to say that's interesting enough for another album.
"When it comes it comes, but I don't' force it. I've got about three songs I like at the moment, so I'm a ways off from having enough to make a record. I'm happy as long as I'm making music."
Alex Lloyd plays Magnum's Hotel at Airlie Beach on September 9, Harvey Road Tavern in Gladstone on September 10, Kondari Hotel in Hervey Bay on September 11, The Spotted Cow in Toowoomba on September 14 and The Solbar in Maroochydore on September 15.