The song Someday was written in early 2008. In that time recorded as a very simple demo available on Soundcloud. Someday was in that time written to become part of a four song EP. That EP would also contain the songs Rikki’s on a Roll, New Girl and Never Forget. The idea was to turn this into a nostalgic production where each song would highlight an aspect of the golden age of the 1960’s popular music:
Someday – Merseybeat music (the song has some reminiscens of the Beatles’ 1964 track I’ll Follow the Sun),
Rikki’s on a Roll – the instrumental film music, like the Batman Theme),
Never Forget – the fusion of jazz and pop and
New Girl – Motown style. The original idea was to use a new ‘identity’ to release the songs, Rikki & the Rebels.
In 2021 these songs were finalised and the original idea of the EP was abandoned. The songs will now individually be released, Someday in September 2021, Rikki’s on a Roll in October 2021 (under the artist name Rikki & the Rebels) and Never Forget in November 2021. New Girl is still in production phase.
As stated before the idea was to record the songs in typical 1960’s fashion with -for example- extreme panning while emulating the typical atmosphere of these 1960’s recordings. For Someday this idea was partially abandoned as can be heard on the final result. The original 1960’s mix -that does contain those 60’s elements- is for sale as an NFT on the Open Sea website, the first time the music of Ewald appears as NFT!
The final version of Someday is now available on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. The song sounds as a combination of country rock and pop music. A lead guitar using third double notes has an important role throughout the song. After the two minutes mark the song switches in mood and has from that point a more Brazilian, jazzy feel to it, think Jobim and Sergio Mendes.
A new album is released: Piano & Guitar, Vol. I.
Where the previously released album (2meetu) in July 2016 had a distinctive electronic sound, the P&G album contains a more pop rock oriented direction. As the title indicates, the guitar and piano are omnipresent and the arrangement of the songs is build around the acoustic piano and acoustic and electric guitars.
The P&G album became like a time travel through Ewald’s favourite music styles and influences from the past and present.Each of the tracks on the album can be linked to these influences. The album opener ‘Early in the Morning’ sounds like a recording session for Paul McCartney’s 1971 album Ram, while another track ‘Down on the Ground’ breathes a production style from the Beatles AD 1969, when they recorded their swing song album Abbey Road. But the influences certainly do not stop there. Varying from Beach Boys (‘It Doesn’t Take a Scientist’) to a string of jazz and latin influenced tracks (‘When’, ‘That Initial Moment’, ‘Young & Beautiful Lovers’). ‘When’ is actually the finishing of a demo that Ewald already recorded in 1984 and in its chord progression and structure references to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. The other tracks on the album were mainly recorded in the summer and autumn of 2016, with the exception of ‘October’ and ‘That Initial Moment’ that were both recorded earlier (in 2013).
‘Lady Blue’ is a multi layered instrumental track that hits off with Asian inspired percussion theme, gradually transforming into a soundtrack like theme (think the music of Ennio Morricone) and then to morph into a mysterious, psychedelic last episode. ‘Mam’ is like a playful, simple interlude, an introduction to what can be considered the center piece of the album, the epic ‘Ride Along The Stars’. After the vocal first part, the track is for the second half instrumental offering the listener a multitude of different instrumental themes before the fading containing a double, improvised solo guitar. The sparse use of Mellotron in the song contributes to its mysterious and psychedelic qualities. As a counter weight to ‘Ride Along the Stars’ the album’s final track is a simple and elegant ballad. ‘Believe in Me’ contains the bare basics of piano, vocal and some sparse cello.
Also available on Apple Music.