In early 2020 – with a new album almost done and an offer to produce for a mainstream artist on the table – personal upheaval and a pandemic brought everything to a sudden standstill. Months of withdrawal eventually triggered a different approach. recording hours of raw material; slow horns, sibilance, delayed drums, wondering flutes – whatever, whenever.
With vocals recorded by Alison Skidmore, the album was finally completed late last year- taking on a different shape. Its songs desolate, melancholy, defiant, beautiful – often all at once. The sounds echoed music around Stott during those months: Prince, Gavin Bryars, A.R. Kane, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Robert Turman, Cindy Lee, Leila, Catherine Christer Hennix, Junior Boys, László Hortobágyi, Nídia, Prefab Sprout – the unusual / the familiar.
Echoing that mix of new and old, each of the songs on Never The Right Time is woven from the same thread despite following different trajectories; from the lovelorn shimmer of opener Away not gone, to the clattering linndrum pop of The beginning, through Answers angular club haze, and the city-at-night end-credits Hard to Tell. These are songs fuelled by nostalgia and soul searching, but all hold true to a vision of music making as a form of renewal and reinvention. A 10 year cycle, complete.
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