So after what feels like an eternity of recording these songs, I can now happily say that my band William's Cave's EP "Orange Sun" is finally complete. The last seven months of making the EP has been an awesome ride and I have learned not just a hell of a lot about music but also a lot about myself over this time. I remember very clearly strumming my guitar and writing the lyrics in my bedroom (as I often do), inspired by life on a roadtrip and in the villages I stayed at in Fiji, envisioning putting the tracks together and holding the EP in my hands. I was going for a bold, positive, and oceanic kinda vibe reflective of my experiences and headspace at the time. The Fijian families I stayed with were really the happiest and some of the most generous people I've ever met, and this combined with the natural oceanic beauty of the place really inspired a lot of the writing on the EP. So in a sense this EP captures who I was as a person about a year and a half ago. Many times during the recording of the EP I was struggling to connect with the adventurous spirit and free nature that inspired it(you know when you start to feel like you're stuck in the same rut and as you're growing up you're losing a part of your self?) but recently something has changed within me and I feel I am reconnecting with this part of my self again.
Of course, I'm not the only member of the band and so there is definitely other musical influence throughout the EP.. Patrick Brinkley, my brother by blood and a well-rounded musical legend co-wrote some parts, helped arrange much of the instrumentation and played all keys, bass, drum and backing vocal parts on the record. He also did the amazing artwork (which completely captures the vibe). And Steven Reinhardt, who recorded, mixed and produced the EP. I have learned that collaboration is one of the most important things to have in music, and will continue to strive for this in future musical endeavours. To me, collaboration shows it's about the heart of the music and not the ego.
You can purchase the EP via the link for $10, all proceeds will be going towards two of the villages I stayed at in Fiji in early 2015- Wainawaqa and Naivuvini, which were hit by Cyclone Winston earlier in the year. It may not amount to much but I would like to think it would help in some kind of way :) Thanks to Mirren Allen for helping me out with this!
Finally, I don't want to sound like I'm taking myself too seriously; I know the music isn't perfect (esp some of my vocal performances lol) but music isn't really about perfection anyway I guess.. I'm always gonna be making it and I feel we have come a long way on this one.
released July 31, 2016
All tracks written and arranged by D. Brinkley/P. Brinkley, performed by William's Cave. William's Cave are:
Dominic Brinkley (vocals, guitars, lyrics)
Patrick Brinkley (keys, bass, drums, percussion, vocals)
Additional slide guitar on Water's Edge and backing vocals on Roadtripping by Steven Reinhardt
All tracks recorded and mixed by Steven Reinhardt at our homes and factories in Bayside, Melbourne, October 2015-July 2016
Produced by Steven Reinhardt
Artwork by Patrick Brinkley
William's Cave proudly presents ORANGE SUN- all tracks written over Summer 2014/2015 and inspired by nature, people and wild positive feelings.
Released 31 July 2016
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