Simon Klein’s new album, ‘Puppet’, is a collection of songs charting memories of his life and family. He hoped that recording songs such as ‘Sunny Misty Morning’ and ‘Start Up a Band’, would encourage his son, who is now 17, to play rock ‘n’ roll.
The album was recorded over a two-year period on analogue tape using old keyboards, organs, and Vintage Gibson guitars through old, Watkins/WEM amps, which were also used by early Pink Floyd.
He says: “My English voice has a distinctive sound, the songs reminding some people of Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd. Some of the songs also have a music hall flavour such as Kurt Weill and particularly the ones written on Wurlitzer piano. Others say the album is generically something called ‘Art Rock’. I’m not so sure but I do feel it is unique, the images in the words reflecting my visual and partly European background.”
‘Puppet’ is available in CD digipack format at Beggars Banquet, 52 Eden Street, and Collectors Record Centre, 54 Old London Road, Kingston and is priced at £7. It will also be available on i-tunes from June 5. However Simon adds: “If you buy it from your local Kingston record store you will also benefit from the full aural qualities on high res cd along with my original artwork gracing the front, insides and back.”