HAKEN FRONTMAN TURNS TO POP
Jennings follows in the footsteps of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel on solo debut.
Haken frontman Ross Jennings will release his debut solo album, A Shadow Of My Future Self later this year through Graphite Records. It’ll see the octave-jumping vocalist exploring poppier waters.
“It’s been an itch I’ve wanted to scratch for some time, I’ve just never had the confidence to pull it off,” says Jennings. “I took inspiration from looking at the careers of Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Steven Wilson. They’ve been bold enough to step away from what they’ve been known for in the progressive world, keep hold of a bit of it, and pave their own path into other areas.”
He’s joined on the record by Arkentype drummer Simen Sandnes, Devin Townsend bassist Nathan Navarro and keyboardist Vikram Shankar, who’s known in the prog world for playing in Silent Skies with Evergrey vocalist Tom S Englund. Four tracks include Norwegian brass trio Blåsemafian.
Jennings, meanwhile, plays all the guitars, which he’s cited as a “special” element of the record in being able to “reconnect with my passion for playing guitar”.
“I went into this wanting to make a country album, but realised quite quickly that it had to be more than that,” he says. “I didn’t want to make something that was extremely different, so I’ve kept a level of intricacy in there, but there’s definitely a mainstream appeal to it. It’s been really nice flexing my creative muscles and draw on my love for Coldplay, Prince and Radiohead on this album.”
See www.rossjennings.co.uk for more info.