Dublin pop songwriter Ivan St John has spent the past few years touring and playing support to the likes of Camera Obscura, Richard Swift, Of Montreal, Rodriguez, Bowerbirds and The Walkmen. He has also been working on his debut album Up To Snuff which finally sees the light this Friday, November 12th, on Nestegg Records.
Ivan has this to say about the record:
“Every song I’ve ever written has been plotted out obsessively before recording, I have to visualise every element, every little touch. I think I’d find it impossible to hand over control of production to another person. If you listen to someone like Bjork, or Shiina Ringo, Os Mutantes, Gong, or even Bowie you see their use of unconventional techniques and instrumentation serving the songs perfectly. There is a world of sound out there. Why restrict yourself? Plus, to paraphrase John Lennon “I’m a fucking musician, give me a tuba and I’ll get you something out of it.”
Hear for yourself.