Downes Braide Association: Skyscraper Souls

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DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION Release New Album Skyscraper Souls Feat. Guest Appearances By Andy Partridge (XTC), Marc Almond and Kate Pierson (B52s)! OUT NOW!

Front cover artwork is by Roger Dean!

London – Super-duo Geoff Downes & Chris Braide, known as the Downes Braide Association (DBA), release their new album Skyscraper Souls on 17th November through their own label X2X Records via Cherry Red. This is their 3rd collaboration and follows their two previous critically-acclaimed releases Pictures of You (2012) and Suburban Ghosts (2015).

Both members have an immense body of work. Chris Braide is a British singer, songwriter and producer, now based in LA, who has written and produced songs for Beyonce, Lana del Rey, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, David Guetta, Sia, Afrojack & Marc Almond… to name a few. Geoff Downes is the prog legend who has played keyboards in The Buggles, Asia & Yes… he co-wrote the hits “Heat of the Moment” and “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

Skyscraper Souls is a more traditional progressive/classic rock/band album than their previous material, but retains a strong pop aesthetic and features many great guest contributions, including Marc Almond, Andy Partridge from XTC and Kate Pierson from the B52s. The front cover artwork is by Roger Dean.

The idea for the album started as a series of sketches Geoff had been working on after a break from touring last year. By the time he returned from the road he directed the subsequent pent-up energy into composition and the ideas literally poured out. As a kid, Chris had always loved expansive pieces like “Close To The Edge” and “Tubular Bells.” While he is a huge pop fan and has written multitudes of pop hits for pop stars, his heart has a special place for those big studio epic productions.

On this album, Downes & Braide were joined by drummer Ash Soan (Trevor Horn, Squeeze, Faithless, Del Amitri, Adele, Cee Lo Green, Will Young, Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow and many more) and bassist Andy Hodge. Chris says, “Having such an amazing rhythm section really brought the songs to life. With previous albums we always used drum machines and samples. There is so much warmth and movement in these recordings. They breathe!”

The fact that their ‘association’ has always had to fit around their extensive commitments has never dulled their remarkable musical creativity. This album went a step further and was co-written remotely – at no time were the pair ever in the same room! Chris explains, “Geoff would send me folders full of stuff such as the magnificent piano pieces which turned into ‘Glacier Girl’ and ‘Prelude.’ As soon as I heard the chords I was writing lyrics like a mad man and before long the album started to materialize.” Geoff adds, “The ideas themselves were in a very rough format, but with the melodies & basic harmonies. Chris started playing around with these, and often, they came back with some radical changes, but Chris was always very conscious to retain my original idea.”

The pair feel Skyscraper Souls is their strongest album to date, which is no mean feat! This album contains constant motifs and themes that recur and flow throughout. Keeping strong melodies to the fore they have created a wonderfully interesting soundscape.

Track list as follows:

  1. Prelude (ft Andy Partridge – XTC)
  2. Skyscraper Souls (ft Kate Pierson – B52s)
  3. Glacier Girl (ft Andy Partridge)
  4. Angel On Your Shoulder (ft Matthew Koma)
  5. Tomorrow (ft David Longdon – Big Big Train)
  6. Lighthouse (ft Tim Bowness)
  7. Skin Deep (ft Marc Almond)
  8. Darker Times (ft Andy Partridge)

Outside of DBA Downes and Braide remain in high demand.

Geoff has been pretty much flat out touring the world with Yes and Asia for the last few years. Any breaks have been filled up with other projects, including putting together some new Buggles ideas with Trevor (Horn). He is also writing film and library music.

Chris has been writing music for movies in LA, the most recent being a new animation called LEAP. He wrote “UNSTOPPABLE” for the Olympics with the artist SIA and has co-written and produced the new single for DJ Robin Schulz. He also wrote and produced a new Marc Almond album, due out next year as well as Marc’s next single “Embers.” He produced a single for Elle King for a big ad campaign featuring Kendal Jenner, and is currently scoring a movie soundtrack at his studio in LA. He has written a song for Trevor Horn called “Sky Show” for an animation he was working on. With more new ventures, Chris has had no break this year, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

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For more information:

Official website: http://www.downesbraide.com/
Twitter: @TheRealDBAMusic

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Update on Asia Members’ Activities

The members of ASIA have the following titles out ahead of a return to band activities in 2016. The band wishes its fans the best for the festive season and will be outlining future plans in a forthcoming announcement.


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Geoff Downes’ DBA project with Chris Braide has released its second album, Suburban Ghosts, which follows on from the critically acclaimed Pictures of You. Chris Braide has written and produced for many artists including Sia, Lana Del Rey, David Guetta, Afrojack and recently produced Marc Almond’s album The Velvet Trail.

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/19bE
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/3YM1
iTunes: http://geni.us/1sIs


satellite

John Wetton’s Live via Satellite collects together both of Wetton’s acoustic solo concerts for radio broadcasts.  The XM radio broadcast was an official website only title over 10 years ago and has never had a commercial release. The Swedish radio broadcast (previously unreleased) was thought lost in a fire, until a duplicate of the master tapes was found thanks to a long and tireless search by Wetton’s fans.

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/1A9M
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/1jj0
iTunes: http://geni.us/1FY4


artinthythm

Carl Palmer’s “Twist of the Wrist” and “The Rhythm of Light”  collections are the first two in a series of signed and numbered prints on canvas featuring stunning visual images constructed from his unique drum performances. Working with acclaimed L.A. art team SceneFour, the artwork featured within combine motion, color, and lighting into some of the most compelling fine art visuals ever created.  A career first, Carl Palmer has co-authored a comprehensive book about his fine art collections. Titled “Art in Rhythm: The Artwork of Carl Palmer,” the First Edition of the book is now available to collectors worldwide exclusively from:

http://carlpalmerart.com/book/


electricclassical

Sam Coulson has released the first solo album of his career, Electric Classical, which features his interpretation of various classical pieces, entirely played on guitar. The album features some well-known and no so well-known pieces all played in his unique style for classical and rock fans alike.

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/2EAb
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/Gcf
iTunes: http://geni.us/1KHt


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GIVE THE GIFT OF ASIA FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND SAVE BIG!!!

Check out our BLACK FRIDAY sale all month at the original ASIA gift shop!
ALL REMAINING ASIA T-SHIRTS 50% OFF!!
ASIA CDs, DVDs, signed posters and lithos, and other items 30% OFF (while supplies last)!

CHECK IT OUT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

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DBA “Machinery Of Fate” Lyric Video

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Geoff Downes is Pleased To Announce Two Releases For Christmas 2015!

Geoff Downes is pleased to announce that his ongoing creative relationship with Chris Braide (writer and producer for Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Sia, David Guetta and Marc Almond and many others) has led to another studio album, Suburban Ghosts.

DBA Suburban Ghosts

This follows on from the successful and critically acclaimed debut album, Pictures of You, which surprised reviewers and fans alike.

Suburban Ghosts can be pre-ordered on CD via Amazon, ahead of its 6th November 2015 release date, using this link http://geni.us/19bE and Pictures of You continues to be available via this link http://geni.us/3BUE.

Also due for release will be Greg Lake and Geoff Downes’ Ride the Tiger project, which is a collection of six songs (plus one alternate version), recorded in late 1989 – early 1990, which have never been released together before.  Four of the songs appeared on Greg Lake’s From the Underground and From the Beginning: The Greg Lake Anthology compilations, but this set also includes the previously unreleased “Street War” and “Affairs of the Heart.”

Ride The Tiger

This release includes all new artwork and has the full approval of both Greg Lake and Geoff Downes.

This title will be released on 27th November 2015 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon here: http://geni.us/1UEo.

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Special Clear Blue “DBA” Vinyl EP

This is a special edition clear blue vinyl EP from DBA created for Record Store Day (which takes place on April 19). The EP is called “Dreaming of England,” which is also one of two new songs on the five-song, 500 copy limited edition EP.

DBA Blue Vinyl

Pre-order “Dreaming of England”.

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Geoff Interviewed by Something Else! Reviews

Geoff Downes better be wearing comfortable shoes, because he’s going to be on the run in 2014. The busy keyboardist just finished a new album with Asia, and is in sessions for another with Yes — with tours for both slated, as well.

Somehow, he’s also made time recently for side projects including DBA with Chris Braide and the New Dance Orchestra’s Electronica.

Read the full interview »

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Downes Braide Association Release Their Debut Album ‘Pictures of You’

London, UK – Hit making duo, Geoff Downes and Chris Braide have just released their debut collaborative album and digital single, ‘Pictures of You’, under the name of the DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION (DBA).

Pictures Of You‘Pictures of You’ was recorded alongside their respective commitments in 2011-12, and the song writing chemistry between Downes and Braide became immediately apparent and ultimately led to the development of 9 titles, one of which is an elaborate four-piece epic musical suite. Braide comments: “I’d wanted to work with Geoff since hearing The Age Of Plastic as a kid. The album was just great fun to make,” whilst Downes added working together with Chris was “ a major inspiration of monumental proportions.” The album’s leadoff track, ‘Pictures of You’, is also available as a digital only single and is accompanied by a non-album remix of the title ‘Songs That Can Heal’ as an exclusive bonus track.

For the uninitiated, Downes and Braide’s respective song writing careers have generated multi-millions of album sales and numerous hit singles worldwide over the last 30 years for a variety of artists.

Geoff Downes is originally best known as a member of The Buggles, with whom he co-wrote MTV’s 1st ever video and international number one blockbuster hit, Video Killed The Radio Star. As a member of ASIA, the supergroup he went on to form after a stint with prog rockers Yes, he co-wrote many of their hits such as; Heat of the Moment, Only Time Will Tell and Don’t Cry and has been the band’s keyboardist and co-writer since day one. The band’s debut album was the biggest selling album in the world of 1982. ASIA’s original line-up reformed in 2006 and has gone on to undertake several hugely successful world tours and record 3 new studio albums within that period.  Downes is also a current member of YES who he rejoined in 2011, and co-wrote much of their recent Fly From Here album. He has over 50 silver, gold and platinum certified awards to his name in a career spanning 5 decades.

Chris Braide is a multi instrumentalist Ivor Novello winning singer/songwriter and record producer known for his outstanding work with Sia, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Yuna and David Guetta amongst many others. His song writing and production skills have spawned chart hits all over the globe. His collective love for all music directly translated to GQ naming him one of the most successful and influential men in the music industry under the age of 40, and he continues to earn the trust of the most respected artists. Chris recently co-wrote and produced the global smash hit She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) with David Guetta. He also produced and co wrote Christina Aguilera’s forthcoming ballad ‘Blank Page’ which has been universally applauded by critics. He also has an extensive catalogue of working with many of the TV artists as featured on shows such as American Idol and X-Factor, and has earned numerous awards, distinctions and accolades in this field.

Together they have formed a magical and unique partnership. The album has been described by Classic Rock magazine as “ a stunning piece of work”. Take a listen and find out for yourself.

To purchase DBA’s Pictures of You click here: CDiTunes

For more information: http://www.downesbraide.com/

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