At the beginning of the year I finally finished mastering the new album by Laura Theis, called ‘Badass Snow White’. Laura is one of Oxford’s many poly-bandmembers: beißpony, Robot Swans and the Half Moon All Stars to name but a few. (Well, to be fair, I think that’s all her official ones, though she also collaborates with Rosie Caldecott, Ditte Elly and others.)
I think I slightly surprised her a couple of years ago by grudgingly informing her that it was necessary for me to produce an album of her songs. And then nothing happened for a year or so. And then, at a glacial pace, we both started putting the album together. Laura wanted it to be half snow-delicate, and half badass. And we both feel this has been satisfactorily achieved.
And now it’s handed over to Laura, and she has a whole lot more work on her hands organising the release. I imagine this while take a while, as there’s a well-known saying: Cheap, Quick, Good – pick two. Because if it’s cheap and good it won’t be quick; if it’s quick and good it won’t be cheap – and if it’s cheap and quick, it won’t be good. For most musicians I know, it has to be good, and it has to be cheap… so you just have to wait a bit. But I’m as confident as I can be that it will be worth the wait.
One track has already been previewed on local radio: one of the more sparse and cynical songs, called ‘Defy Cupid’ (5 minutes 8 seconds in): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03krl2d
It’s not my fault if you dump her for me – now don’t be stupid. Who are we to try to defy cupid?