Jamie Beale Releases Debut Album “Hello Nimbus”: Streaming
British rock band Novatines' frontman and singer-songwriter Jamie Beale released his debut solo album “Hello Nimbus” on November 25, 2022.
The album comprises 10-track, produced by Jamie Beale and engineered by Katie May.
He recorded the album at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in the village of Box, Wiltshire, England.
Jamie Beale explained of the album title, “The title of the album sums up my own escapism. When I was a kid, I was constantly told I was in my own world and that my head was in the clouds. Hello Nimbus is my way of welcoming and embracing that side of myself.”
Jamie Beale wrote the debut album during the fall of the first Covid lockdown, after an extremely isolated period of his life.
Inspired by the idea of escapism and running away to your own world, lyrically exploring and contemplating the loss of love, identity and purpose, but also what can emerge from this.
Jamie Beale said of the album, “Essentially it was me trying to remain positive during an absolute rollercoaster of change. Creatively it gave me such a fresh perspective. I wanted to jump out of my comfort zone and try something I'd never done before, so I toyed with different genres, singing styles and production; I wanted to self-produce a record and play most of the instruments heard on it. For me it was an experiment to see what my music sounded like when it was almost entirely self-contained, and to try and capture my imagination in audio form without any external influence.”
- Jamie Beale explained of some tracks for the album.
“I wrote Borderline in the middle of a pretty isolated period of my life. I was alone in a winter lockdown, my relationship at the time was falling apart, and my usual form of escapism that was music and touring was looking incredibly uncertain, along with my idea of a future within music. I was spending the majority of my time living in a hazy dreamworld, searching for something positive to hold onto, I felt that no matter what, I still had me and my own personal freedom of mind, and there was something comforting about that. Somewhere between my partially self-induced cabin fever madness and a sense of unshakable positivity in an unusual time, I wrote Borderline. I guess it's a song for people with nowhere to go, and how not knowing where you belong isn't always a bad thing.”
“King Godzilla is a track that explores identity. For a while I was really interested in this idea of 'finding ourselves'. As an artist, I've spent a lot of my life exploring who I am as a songwriter and a person, but due to our own interpretation of ourselves and each other, largely influenced by our upbringing, conditioning and our own egos, it's so easy to have this picture of ourselves clouded and morphed, for better or for worse. I suppose I've landed on the idea that all we have to do in order to find ourselves is to just be and let others be, and to try and remain as present and as honest with ourselves as we can. So the less we try, and the more we just allow ourselves to live day by day without carrying around judgement or attachment to the way we think we should be, or others should be, the closer we become to acceptance and this idea of being at peace or free in our own bodies and minds. The chorus of the song expresses that it's never too late to get on the right track, whatever the hell that means for each of us!”
“I feel that we are living in this weird age where people are willing to do anything for fame. You see it all the time on social media - it's so easy to put up a veil and hide all the realities and imperfections of life that ultimately make us human. Quite often, in these industries that promote the idea of fame as success, people surround themselves with an entourage of fake people; people that are only really there to further their own careers. On the outside looking in, it seems that no-one in these circles are truly content, but instead are lonely and looking to fill that void with possessions or short lived moments of attention and gratification. I guess I can't help but feel for these people, so I wrote a song about someone who's trying to climb the social ladder, and ends up alone, hiding behind a pretty picture of how they want their life to look.”
Photo by Colin Hawkins
- source : Apple Music