"These Years" is an attempt to capture a period of time which reflects personal experiences, highs and lows, lessons learnt, subtle joys and a very human struggle. It is a reflection of time. A struggle to understand how time molds us to be who we are right now. At this very moment, for better or for worse.
released September 6, 2015
Credits & Thanks to:
Savini Chandrasinghe for being the heavenly solution to a Cello dream. She performed the Cello for A Foregone Conclusion.
Natasha Senanayake, fondly known as "Natses", for writing the Cello arrangement for A Foregone Conclusion and for the arrangement/performance of Flute for both the original and alternate versions. She is also heard on the original version contributing harmonies and vocals to that memorable outro. Also, despite feeling it was not a "piano song", she magically conjured the arrangement and performed the beautiful piece for the alternate version of Aftermath.
Shehan Rodrigo for spending many hours of literal sweat and pizza consumption in arranging and performing the percussion for A Foregone Conclusion. Beautifully apt work by a brilliant musician.
Aayushi Jain for being forever the kindred spirit and for her serenely angel-esque vocal arrangement and performance on Fire/Desire.
The ever persistent cricket that resides in my apartment and lent "cricket vocals" to the recording of These Years & Aftermath. Thank you.
Dharini Udugama (D! *grins*) for never hesitating to part with her valuable studio headphones for the recording of this album for the better part of a year.
CC, who was subjected to many pestering whatsapp messages and emails. These songs sound the way they do because of his valuable advise. Thank you for being this album's sounding board and one of it's biggest advocates.
Malisha (Malmaal) for being a pillar of unrelenting encouragement and support.
Tuan Zaharan Rahim, Supun Weerasinghe, Mario De Kauwe, Sandunie Liyanagamage, Pavithra Jovan De Mello, Sanali Hennayake, Gina Beligammana for all pictures used in the inner artwork of the album.
Shehan Rodrigo for the beautiful artwork direction and Rusiru -Madhawa for the album cover photography.
These tunes were recorded at my little apartment in the silent wee hours of the night or early morning. The Cello and Flute was recorded at Natses' house. I wrote the music and lyrics for all the songs and it was an honor to be able to colloborate with these wonderful musicians and grounded human beings.
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