This week marks the release of the highly anticipated new album, ‘Southlands’, from local singer-songwriter, Malojian.
The greatly acclaimed artist has received support throughout Ireland and the UK, securing airplay nationally and recording a session with BBC Radio 2.
“I didn’t really intend to start another album so soon after my debut, The Deer’s Cry,” shared Malojian’s Stevie Scullion.
“I had been writing a lot of new songs and wanted to demo them, so I asked Michael Mormecha (drums) if he fancied helping out. We started with ‘Communion Girls’ at Mikey’s studio (Millbank). We recorded loads of stuff, always trying to capture a live performance as the foundation and then building from there. We actually had an album after 10 days, however things started to take off a bit with The Deer’s Cry, so suddenly we were touring more than usual - and Southlands got put on hold.
“Every time we came back to finish it, I had new songs - I was dealing with a lot of personal stuff and I think it’s all in there in the songs. What I’ve ended up with sounds like a proper band record - rather than just a singer-songwriter with some session guys.
“The album was mixed at the end of 2014, in a small cottage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in a remote part of County Donegal. No phones. No internet. Just peace and quiet and nature. It felt like the perfect way to wrap up the album.”
Malojian plays at Belfast’s ‘No Alibis’ on Saturday 30 May - visit www.malojian.com