Red Tide is an EP featuring tracks from a long standing album project, Skálá, which is an album I wrote and recorded during my visit to Iceland in July - September, 2010. I basically locked myself away in friend Svavar Knútur’s cabin/holiday house in the remote north of Iceland for the best part of three months and got to work.
During my time in Iceland I took time to explore the magnificent yet barren country and became transformed by it's wonder; both in it's people and places. I traveled to different towns with Svavar, playing shows with him and sharing stories with some of the warmest human beings I have ever come across.
I wrote and recorded over 16 tracks while in the cabin in Skálá (a place near the tiny town of Hafsós), however I never managed to finish recording everything and vowed to finish overdubs when I returned to Berlin that year. However, on my returning to Berlin, I found myself on tour with the Melodica Festival and it took me some time to find an apartment and become settled. I was suddenly in survival mode and had gone from one extreme (totally immersed in landscapes, isolation and creativity) to the other, where I found myself in a cold city, low on funds and low on energy. Thus, the album project came to a halt, but slowly I began to chip away with overdubs at home, finishing songs such as Red Tide, Guardians and others. After a while, I landed a job as a teacher at an international school in 2011 and found my time even more limited, but as with all great things, time is gold.
Red Tide is a special collection of songs, and not all of them will end up on Skálá and if so, you may hear them in a completely different light.
This is now, and I always see music as a photograph, made in the moment and perfected later. But sometimes it's just nice to hear the progression towards the end result.
(Hamburg, Dec, 2011)
released December 24, 2011
Jona Byron - All Instruments and voices
Leni Rice - Violins on 'Red Tide'
Jesse Kappelhoff - Cellos on 'Red Tide' and 'Eidolon'
Paul Bürger - Upright bass
Martin Rye - Percussion / Drums
Written and recorded in Skálá, Iceland in September 2010.
'Dead Horse' recorded 6th September in Reykjavík, 2010.
Additional overdubs made by J. Byron and friends in Berlin during 2011.
Mixed and mastered in Berlin by Soundzoo December 2011.
This digital download includes 12 bonus photographs, liner notes and album artwork.
Watch the video for Refuge - vimeo.com/19998616
Preview Skálá due out 2013 - soundcloud.com/jonab/sk-l-preview