The Difficult Second Album

As a musician, there is nothing quite like the thrill of releasing your debut album – especially on a project so deeply personal as A Better Life is to me. The excitement, the nerves, the sense of accomplishment – it’s an indescribable feeling. But as the dust settles and the initial euphoria fades, a new challenge begins to loom on the horizon: the task of creating a follow-up. And with it comes a weighty expectation, even if it’s only me who thinks it!

Take A Deep Breath, the first album, essentially wrote itself. A collection of songs that were born out of my return to making music after a difficult time mentally. The first time I was ‘out on my own’, aside of course for the incredible musicians that assisted me – it wasn’t a band set-up that I had been so used to for the best part of the previous 20 years. It really was unfiltered creativity with no expectations, no comparisons to previous albums etc. It was a blank canvas waiting to be filled with musical expression.

But now, with the second album, the stakes seem higher – but probably only in my head! I want to prove to myself and to the small but perfectly formed audience who enjoyed the first album that I have grown as an artist, that I have something new and exciting to offer. The pressure to deliver something even better than the first album has definitely been there, but maybe that has spurred me on – maybe all musicians need that to drive forward!

We’re only a few weeks away from the first single release, and the new album – ‘The Light’, will be released in summer 2024 (earlier for mailing list subscribers). 

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Take a Deep Breath – Review by thebandcampdiaries.com

A Better Life presents debut album: Take A Deep Breath.

April 2021 – A Better Life is a band from the UK.

Take a deep breath - A better life

Led by songwriter and producer Phil Daniels, A Better Life recently finalized their debut studio album, which is going to be released independently on the first of May, 2021.

The group started working on this release in September 2019, and they managed to complete the tracks over the span of 18 months, despite the stressful times caused by the global pandemic. The tracks showcase an incredibly diverse sound that sets the bar higher in terms of sound design. Along with trip-hop and chillwave influences, A Better Life set out to expand on ambient influences, and even Celtic music.

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Take a Deep Breath An Album of Stunning Music from A Better Life

Developed, recorded and produced over a period of 18 months from September 2019 – Take A Deep Breath is the ambient and downtempo album I’ve always wanted to make. 

Take a deep breath - A better life

A Better Life have been influenced by electronica acts like Air, Bliss, Zero 7 and Enigma – as well as more traditional singer/songwriters and Celtic artists.

The sound of Take A Deep Breath draws inspiration from all these genres to produce an album filled with chilled grooves, lush strings and piano, subtle guitar and some amazing vocal performances from two incredible artists – Herica and The Wolf, and Pete Rawcliffe. Having been influenced by electronica acts like Air, Bliss, Zero 7 and Enigma – as well as more traditional singer/songwriters and celtic artists – the sound of Take A Deep Breath draws inspiration from all these genres to produce an album filled with chilled grooves, lush strings and piano, subtle guitar and some amazing vocal performances from two incredible artists – Herica and The Wolf, and Pete Rawcliffe. 
The album has been written to chill out to, to feel like you can take a step back, take some time away from whatever situation you find yourself in, to reflect and appreciate what you have, and what is important.

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