New singles coming up, ‘Someday’ out now

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.

Early Or Late Cover

New album ‘Early or Late’ and new single.

Early or Late is the title of the new album following after the 2018 release of ‘Piano & Guitar, vol. II’. The album contain 14 new recorded songs and were mastered by Sterling Sound’s Randy Merrill. The album cover is 70’s inspired, containing a drawing by Heath Robinson that originally appeared on the sheet music album “Forest Fantasies” by Walter Carroll in the early 20th century.

Listen to Forest Fantasies

The nucleus of the album evolves around a number of songs that were already composed between mid 1980 and early 1983. The original demo’s of these compositions can be listened to on Soundcloud.

Listen on Soundcloud

Some of the album’s songs follow rather exact the original composition, like Where Are You Now?, Angel and Tonight. Others may be less recognisable. In some cases the songs are containing now two parts to mark the difference of ‘early’ versus ‘late’, as can be heard on Love Me and Stop & Whistle.

The album opens with a new song, Early or Late. It deals with aspects of youth versus the process of ageing. It contains references to the current difficulties in the world during the corona pandemic. The song Early or Late is also be available in a special remixed edit version with a more intense synthesised feel and beat.

Like the previous album Piano & Guitar, Vol. II the acoustic and electric guitar have an important role on the album. Many songs have an acoustic country pop feel like Sing On and Dear Girl. The music has lots of variety where moods can quickly change like in the song sequence where the intensive Where Are You Now? is followed by a new wave oriented tune (I Beg You) then again followed by a more fragile electric guitar piece (Afterthought). New elements on the album are the introduction of the ukelele on the instrumental version of Dear Girl and the use of extended harmony vocals on Here She Comes.

Synthesizers used: Moog Voyager, Korg MS-20 mini, Sequential OB-6, Roland JX-3P, Arturia Matrixbrute and Roland JU-06. Electric guitars: Gibson ES-335DT, Gibson Custom RD, Kala KA-SA-TE-C Acacia Tenor Ukelele. Software synthesizers used: Spectrasonics Keyscape, Omnisphere 2, Arturia Mellotron V, Arturia Emulator II V (amongst many others). The album was recorded between February and May 2021.

The album and single will be available the second half of July through Spotify and other streaming services.