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A Ninja Slob Drew Me is the project of Daniel James Brown, who has on previous albums brought in other musicians for individual tracks to add to the range of sounds available for what was essentially a solo project. For Retreat, he has embraced the spirit of collaboration, with the majority of tracks utilising the violin and vocal talents of Jo Stevens and Oliver Barnett on drums. This gives the album a rich, full sound and feel, which benefits from this extra input whilst continuing to explore the possibilities established by previous albums.

The songs are inspired by a range of ideas, but what unites them is a concerned and sometimes pessimistic look at the outside world. The album opens with the most optimistic song, Retreat, inspired by the natural wonders and culture of Iceland. This is followed by songs inspired by the rise and fall of empires through history, the conflict between capitalism and the environment, and even a song inspired by the film Robocop's portrayal of a future shaped by out of control business greed.

More concise and darker than previous offerings, Retreat is ambitious both in its exploration of the possibilities afforded by its collaborative nature and in the range of themes it portrays in an atmospheric, often cinematic style.

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released July 21, 2016

1. Retreat

Written by Daniel James Brown and Jo Stevens.
7-string bass, keyboards, percussion and samples: Daniel James Brown
Violin and glockenspiel: Jo Stevens
Drums: Oliver Barnett
Recorded by Mark Ward at Masters of Sonic
Mixed and produced by Daniel James Brown
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster

2. 23

Written by Daniel James Brown and Jo Stevens
7-string bass, keyboards, programming and samples: Daniel James Brown
Lyrics and vocals: Jo Stevens
Drums and percussion: Oliver Barnett
Recorded by Mark Ward at Masters of Sonic
Mixed and produced by Daniel James Brown
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster

3. There We Walked

Written by Daniel James Brown
7-string bass, keyboards and samples: Daniel James Brown
Recorded at ANSDM studio
Mixed and produced by Daniel James Brown
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster

4. Deleted Water

Written by Daniel James Brown, Ross Coleman and Jo Stevens
7-string bass, keyboards, programming and samples: Daniel James Brown
Violin and vocals: Jo Stevens
Lyrics: Ross Coleman (from 2008's version appearing on 'One Week in Sand')
Recorded by Mark Ward at Masters of Sonic
Mixed and produced by Daniel James Brown
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster

5. Surface Tension

Written by Daniel James Brown and Jo Stevens
7-string bass, keyboards, programming and samples: Daniel James Brown
Violin and vocals: Jo Stevens
Drums and percussion: Oliver Barnett
Recorded by Mark Ward at Masters of Sonic
Mixed and produced by Daniel James Brown
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster

6. DOAYCWM

Written by Daniel James Brown and Jo Stevens
7-string bass, keyboards, programming, percussion and samples: Daniel James Brown
Violin: Jo Stevens
Drums: Oliver Barnett
Recorded by Mark Ward at Masters of Sonic
Mixed and produced by Daniel James Brown
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster

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A Ninja Slob Drew Me is an extended range bassist who attempts to remove the conception that solo bass music is only for other musicians. He has created six atmospheric largely instrumental albums that span a range of genres and styles.

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Track Name: 23
I'm writhing in my skin, wrapped up too tight,
Got me twisting and spinning in my grave every night.

Can't get away from the light in my eyes,
A creature that's caught in a web of time.

I wake up and start again. I break up and try to mend,
Been weakened, can't find my way,
I'm beaten by the end of day.

When I wake up and start again. I break up and try to mend,
Been weakened, can't find my way,
I'm beaten by the end of day.
Track Name: Deleted Water
When you try to put me out,
Douse the flames and dull my screaming sounds,
You will fail.

I'm on the ground, rolling for my life,
I will lose all sense of time,
All sense of time.

Just a stranger in the park,
You spit on me as you pass me by,
Just a stranger in the park,
You spit on me as you pass me by,
Pass me by,
You come to me, together we'll roll,
This burning sensation is taking hold,
Taking hold.