Away from my solo acoustic recordings, I make music as Monkey68 – largely on my own in the studio, and with the mighty Craig Johnson and Tony Aliccio live.

When I recorded Sparse under my own name a year or so back, it was always destined to have a sister record by Monkey68, Dense – where Sparse was stripped back acoustic arrangements, Dense would be full on multi-track gorgeousness, featuring updated versions of my favourite demo recordings from the past few years, as well as some new recordings.

With a good headwind, Dense will be released this year, though there’s the small matter of finishing and releasing Grope first, as well as getting my new web service

[myOrgDev.com – the stuff I get up to in my other life]

established.

In the past couple of weeks, some events here pushed me slap-bang into the one of the Dense demos,  Resigned. It was the right song for what was happening, and my mood and muse were in the right place, so I very quickly revisited the parts I wanted to redo, polished up a quick mix and got it to a place where only the final mixing of Dense needs to happen.

This is how I work, fast and energetically. It works for me, always has.

Having recently put the whole of Sparse up on YouTube, yesterday afternoon I grabbed some historic footage from the Prelinger Archives and put together a video for Resigned and, without further ado, here it is.

 

Please excuse me
from this conversation
I’ve nothing more to say
And I don’t want to hear you
say the same things again

I’ve grown tired
of these complications
These things that you inject
And you won’t fight that needle
Piercing your self-respect

Sitting counting time
Holding breath we dive
Following your line
To this task
I’m resigned

You’re not broken
just cracked and complaining
Self-absorbed disdain
All winter chill and aching
Taking waste from the rain

Sitting counting time
Holding breath we dive
Following your line
We’re running out of time
Every day we die
Following your line
Holding breath we dive
But to this task
I’m resigned

So, please excuse me
from this conversation
I’ve nothing more to say
And I don’t want to hear you
Say the same things again

Resigned
Monkey68, 2014