Metaville, July, 2014 -- “Placing twin guitars atop plush multi instrumentation and a seventies-injected engine, none of these eleven songs should disappoint anyone with an idea of what true, thought-out musicianship means.”
Rocktopia, Sep 10, 2014 -- “An interesting listen with a lot of radio friendly songs… Tuneful ballads outweigh the rockier tracks but Darling’s voice, which is very easy on the ear, is well suited to both styles.”
My first album, Songs of the Cosmos, was released in March 2014. It was inspired, in part, by ideas that I’ve talked about in my books on the cosmos and our place in it – books such as Deep Time, Equations of Eternity, and Zen Physics. The songs range in style from acoustic ballads to rockier tunes, and all are influenced to some extent by my liking for 1970s progressive and psychedelic rock. Of the 11 tracks on the album, nine are original compositions and two (King Crimson’s Epitaph and Jon Heintz’s Rain) are covers. Some have a clear “cosmic” or space theme – for instance, Dark Energy and Long Way To Go. Others, such as You’ve Got the Sun In Your Life and Mirror On My Soul, are more personal and intimate.
Songs of the Cosmos was arranged and produced by Miroslaw Hodun, who also provided some of the instrumentation, including all the keyboards. Other musicians who played on the album are Simon Kennedy (lead guitar), Fraser Adam (bass), Scott Donald (drums), Julie Cleave (backing vocals), and myself (lead vocals and acoustic guitar). The album was recorded at Seagate Studio, Dundee, Scotland, with studio engineering by Graeme Watt.
- Don’t Know Where I’m Going (4:58)
- Hold Your Body (Next To Mine) (4:36)
- Long Way To Go (3:50)
- Rain (4:41)
- Dark Energy (3:29)
- The One Song (4:31)
- Hey Dreamer (3:23)
- Mirror On My Soul (4:00)
- Epitaph (8:21)
- Lose Yourself (5:08)
- You’ve Got the Sun In Your Life (4:43)