Recorded at The Pound on February 6th, 2013.
Release date: 13 April 2014
Album cover photograph by Martin Martini, in Hue’s back garden in Brunswick, in front of his damp washing and a pile of bricks.
Sad Songs Make Me Happy is the first release on Pound Records. Produced by Martin Martini, and engineered by Michael O’Connell.
Hue Blanes is not a man afraid of his feelings.
Socially awkward, bleak, wry, and personal. Hue Blanes’ first solo album, Sad Songs Make Me Happy, is an exploration of simple things and hopeless situations. Featuring honest and unglamorous cover art, it’s a remarkable solo debut in stripped back piano, bass and drums.
Hue wrote the album cycling between his home in Brunwick, and his mother’s house in Blackburn. In his own words, this album ‘captures uncertainty’.
He has a broad range of musical traditions at his disposal, and they’ve all had a hand in Hue’s song-writing. Sad Songs Make Me Happy is a unique collection from an original composer, ranging between avant garde pop, cautionary ballads, pre-dancehall waltz, and uptempo, lyrical, jazz.
Sad Songs Make Me Happy is a punch to the heart of the human condition; the longing for something more. There are no standard love songs in this restrained, existential collection, but Ann-Marie is maybe the best break-up song of all time. These songs are noble and sweet, bright and sad, a philosophical dance on the fear of missing out.
All songs composed and arranged by Hue Blanes, except Ann-Marie (James Hampton and Hue Blanes).
Hue Blanes – piano, vocals, tin whistle, synths
Jules Pascoe – double bass
Danny Farrugia – drums
James Macaulay – trombone
Darcy McNulty – saxophone
Adrian Perger - trumpet
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A genre-defying fusion of experimental electronic and modern classical.
Robinson's sense of musical dynamics are brilliant. These pieces are often extremely sparse, but he shades their simplicity with deft touches that add layers of complexity.
I love albums that defy classification, yet feel entirely natural; albums that pull the unfamiliar into the light.
This is a truly outstanding example of one of those albums. Michael Mueller