I can’t think of a better way to open an album other than a bit of good ol’ Blake, can you? I was always fascinated by his artistic spirit and have spent hours and hours in TATE gallery looking at his artwork.
I can clearly remember putting down the vocals in my grandmother’s house. The two lines you hear on the record are one take each, and that’s really about it! The riff must be around since 2004 or so, and we’ve tried to put it together in the past with Damos way before he actually joined Phase, but as he says, he couldn’t quite get it at the time.
Using Record Store Day 2019 as an excuse we released ‘the Smile‘ as a maxi single
The 2019 remaster was done by Tasos Karapapazoglou at his Nemesis studios in Kavala. And there’s a take by Devon Graves (Buddy Lackey of Psychotic Waltz / Deadsoul Tribe) who was to lay a flute track for ‘A Void‘ originally but it didn’t end up happening in the end for some reason either of us can’t quite recall, so it’s great having him being involved in this project, 10 years after!
The release ends with a remix by Foks that elevates the release to a whole different dimension, whilst the cover is based on a beautiful Oedipus theatre mask done by Jonathan Becker!