hmv's Albums Of The Year 2017 - Jon Boden
2017 is almost at an end, but what a year it's been for music! There have been so many great records across the year, and, to celebrate, hmv have rounded up 50 of the best of them for our guide to the best albums of 2017. It's available to pick-up in store now and, to coincide, we're going to be running interviews with some of the artists who've made the cut.
Today it's former Bellowhead mainman Jon Boden and his debut solo LP Afterglow...
Congratulations! You’re one of hmv’s albums of the year, how does it feel?
"Amazing! The album has been a real labour of love for the last couple of years so it's fantastic that people are 'getting it' now that it's finally out in the wide world."
How do you look back on the making of Afterglow? Was it a difficult album to make?
"It was quite a slow process - in that I was being very careful not to rush it. So I made two sets of pretty good sounding demos before I decided that I needed to orchestrate it for strings and brass. That then took several months to do before we could start recording it all properly."
What was the first song that came together for the album?
"I wrote the album more-or-less in order as the album tells quite a specific story so it felt right to write it in the same way one might write a book, so the first song I wrote was 'Moths In The Gas Light' which is all about setting the scene."
What’s your favourite memory of making the album?
"Probably the first time we got the strings and brass into record - it sounded pretty magical as soon as they started to play."
If you had to choose a favourite song from the album, could you?
"Maybe 'Fires Of Midnight'. I've spent a fair proportion of my life sitting around campfires so that song has a lot of resonances for me when I sing it."
Finally, apart from your own LP, what’s been your favourite album of 2017?
"Everything Now by Arcade Fire. It's not my absolute favourite album of theirs but there are several fabulous tracks on it and the production is totally compelling."