The recording process from 1st to 2nd album remained the same - Jan created the music on an old Korg MS10 he bought many years ago from the Associates singer Billy MacKenzie's father shop in Dundee and a Casio keyboard which The Human League used on their groundbreaking album 'Dare'. The various vocalists were sent an instrumental CD in the post and asked to write their own lyrics and melody. The singers then visited Jan's home in Glasgow where they recorded their vocals on a 16-track recorder in his bathroom. After the recording, their host cooked them a curry lunch, not in his bathroom of course, but in his kitchen.
Debut album collaborators including Mercury Prize nominee Emma Pollock ex of The Delgados, Jill O'Sullivan of Sparrow & The Workshop, painter Celie Byrne and actor Sanjeev Kohli return to 'Second' and are joined by new additions, notably recent Scottish Album of The Year (SAY) winner RM Hubbert and folk artist Pauline Alexander. The genre bending electro funk, disco and mournful folk pop sounds of 'The Grand Gestures" continue on the new album and Queen fans will be intrigued to hear Sanjeev Kohli's weird and wonderful spoken word track 'The Spree Of Brian May"which brings to 'Second' what Kohli's ode to Chris De Burgh brought to the first album.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.