Liverpool Invisible Psych Arkestra #2: ‘Melt’ (California Mix)

Liverpool Invisible Psych Arkestra is back! ‘Melt’ is the second collaboration between Ivan Hell (Dirtblonde, Songs About Death) and Chris Jones (Sunstack Jones).

‘Melt’ is pure Summer! A very psychedelic Summer, like they used to be. Enjoy…

New (old) song: Impermanence

Here’s a new recording. Impermanence. In this world nothing lasts. Everything around you will one day disappear. Everyone you love one day will be all dead. This is not dark. This is not depressing or morbid. This is just a simple fact. This song is about it. Buddhists know this and are pretty cool about it. The modern, western civilization tries to ignore it and watch TV. But in the end, only death remains…

Impermanence is one of the most important concepts for Buddhists, without accepting that everything is transient, you’ll never achieve buddahood. Accepting death and inner peace go hand in hand.

In keeping with this Buddhist  view of the matter, I decided to take John Lennon’s concept of making a song that sounds as if you were sitting at the top of the himalayas…this is my take on it… soaked in reverb and just chilling. The song is really a mantra. Same chords repeated all the way thru, cyclical, like life.

Listen to ‘Lost’ – New 4-Track demo

‘Lost’ is a new demo recorded recently. Very moody… fitting with the drab, wet and depressing spring day  when it was recorded – grayer, wetter and more depressing than spring days are supposed to be!

Features acoustic guitars, keyboard drone and violin bow. Recorded at Ivan Hell’s Red Room studios, as usual.


New Acoustic Demo. (My Mamma Said) Don’t Be Afraid To Be Free

Here’s a new 4-track demo. (My Mamma Said) Don’t Be Afraid To Be Free. Written and recorded by Ivan Hell on his Red Room studio.

I don’t like this anymore / Everything makes me kinda sad / Enemies everywhere I look / All alone, playing on my own / Everyday I get the blues again / Every day I laugh, then I cry / Everyday I try, I try, I try… but my mamma said don’t be afraid to be free…

Imaginary Soundtracks – Listen Up!

I like instrumental music, in particular soundtracks… so it’s pretty fun to create some pieces that I see as “Imaginary Soundtracks”… later on, I find some footage that quite fits with the music… they are quite atmospheric. They’re all 4-track home demos…

Listen to the ones I’ve made so far:




Record Store Day party at Sound Food & Drink! 19th April 2014

Record Store Day 2014 Party @ Sound Food & Drink!

Come to our EAT YR VINYL! event at Sound Food & Drink (52 Duke St, Liverpool) this Saturday, 19th April! It’s RECORD STORE DAY, so to celebrate we’re throwing a party, DJ-ing vinyl records only! (Hopefully spin some brand new one bought on the day at Probe Records…)

Record Store Day party at Sound Food & Drink! 19th April 2014

Record Store Day party at Sound Food & Drink! 19th April 2014

There’ll be also a mini record fair going on, and everyone is welcome to bring their own records to sell or trade.

Live music by Songs About Death and Tom George, plus DJ sets by Ivan Hell (Dirtblonde / Songs About Death) and Esa Shields.

Come and join us – it’ll be fun!



Liverpool Echo Q&A with Ivan Hell

Here’s the little Q&A the Liverpool Echo did with Songs About Death’s Ivan, ahead of the Liverpool Horror Fest gig at Erics. For info on the gig, please to to the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

Liverpool Echo Q&A with Ivan Hell

Liverpool Echo Q&A with Ivan Hell. CLICK FOR FULL SIZE