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Singled Out: Pennan Brae


07/27/2009
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(antiMusic) Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we go indie with Pennan Brae who tells us about "Something's Missing" from the brand new album "Shaded Joy". Here is the story:

I finished writing the songs for my debut CD, 'Shaded Joy' last fall and headed into the studio. I recorded on a small island in Canada, which is actually a province, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.). I hooked up with some fantastic musicians; there's a lot of talent on that Island. We recorded the music in a restored 19th Century farmhouse, with views of the Atlantic. The air was fresh, the leaves were changing colour & you could taste winter in the air; a nice time of year.

I wrote 'Something's Missing' when I moved from the East to West Coast of Canada. I was feeling a bit down at the time & wasn't with a girlfriend or anything. I recall seeing lots of other guys with their girlfriends & I think just the sight of that provided motivation, inspiration…due to my frustration!

I'm happy with the recording of it; Nat on drums is a very creative drummer. He doesn't just keep the beat, but changes things up which adds to the songwriting process. Remi, handling the bass, is as good as they come. He's played across North America & Europe; he's the most talented bass player I've had the opportunity to play with. Last but not least, Phil on guitar is a real gem; he comes up with parts out of left field, which is great; he doesn't remind me of anyone I've heard before & that to me is a nice quality to have. As for myself, I had fun laying down the keyboard & vocals.

If curious, the name 'Pennan Brae' is named after a small Scottish village, Pennan, along the North Sea. My grandfather was born there and I've had a chance to visit twice. I always have a special affinity for Scotland in my heart and the band's name is in its honour.. Cheers & thanks for listening, Rob of Pennan Brae.

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