Where The Boats Go - LP (2015)

by Harbor Tea Rooms



My third album was quite a difficult one to finish as It wasn't my most creative time as a musician. I had taken quite a while off recording and working on new materiel to concentrate on others things. I was asked by a fan if I would ever follow up the last one and I just thought, fuck it why not?

I was struggling with inspiration in the early stages (late 2014) and then was hit with lots of ideas very quickly. A lot of the songs were recorded very quickly and often in one or two takes per section. I wanted to try a different way of working. This album is very loose production/mix wise and isn't as experimental and polished in some areas. I tried not to worry too much about the mix and concentrated more on the creation. The piano riff on Where The Boats Go was found in a folder from 2010 and I loved it that much I pasted it into logic and built an entire track around it. I went through a stage when I was younger of recording every single idea for a piano loop I had..and this was one of them..what a fucking great idea!

There are lots of personal moments on this one again. A lot of this was written about a trip to Cornwall that year and also visiting Poole in late 2014 which is where the artwork was shot and where first song "Brownsea" came from. Daglands Hill was about a little town I visited with my then girlfriend and we had a really nice boat trip. It's a memory that always sticks with me because I felt so happy being in her company. I never care about keeping these kind of songs out there because it's a part of my life and it shouldn't ever be deleted nor changed.

I do have a few regrets on this album especially with a few of the songs. I had since rehashed and tinted up the mix on some of them but by this point it was already submitted to the distribution label and ready to go. There are a few things I would change on this one but nevertheless...it's still a good collection of songs with some very powerful meanings behind them. I recommend Daglands Hill, Brownsea and A30 (probably one of the best songs I have ever recorded).


released July 27, 2015

Written, Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Mat Lane


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