“Chameleon” includes five live-tracked songs written and performed by Duncan Woods, backed by a jazz trio out of Berlin. The EP was crowdfunded through Kickstarter in September last year.
“Chameleon” is a celebration and coming together of a massive mix of different styles, and represents the way my sound draws from my experiences traveling the world playing wherever the next opportunity took me. Taking in the sights, sounds and smells of all these places and finding a feeling of home wherever I ended up by adapting, learning and listening to the way different people live has shaped the way I write and perform. This EP is the representation of my sound and songwriting that has developed through my years living on the move.
Song Profile: “I Trust”
This track was written when my life involved a lot of travel and moving parts (nothing much has changed). I met a person on my travels who I clicked with instantly, never expecting to actually see them again but just happy knowing there was someone out there who I felt understood what I was all about. Sappy as it may be, turns out I did see this person again, now we live our lives navigating this big blue ball together. I couldn’t be happier with that.
Some of the lyrics:
‘There’s no escaping this situation that I’m facing, I’m just a man, trying to find his was in this world so big and amazing, now I’m in so deep that I can’t breathe my chest is caved in, how did I wind up in this beautiful tangled web of conversation?’
Song Profile: “The Demons”
I started writing this song the day I found out Robin Williams committed suicide. His death got me thinking about harbouring insecurities and darkness and anxiety inside ourselves, which we all do, and what we do to quiet the demons, even if only for a little while. The song morphed into advice I was writing to myself, to remind me that making peace with yourself and your demons, not fighting them is the only way to tuly move forward, because in the end the only person that can accept you completely is you. I still struggle with that idea every day but writing this song helps to keep my head straight when my biggest demon, self-doubt creeps in.
Some of the lyrics:
‘Vodka gives you the shakes and the pills.that you take, all wash away, the mental state remains.
All of the hardest nights might be forgotten for a while, but they’ll be back to bite again’
Song Profile: The Early Bird
As I sit thinking about this song, I’m putting off packing my bags to leave for Europe tomorrow. This time last year I was in the same packing predicament when I started writing this song.
I was really beaten down by the idea of the struggle I and every other musician has trying to make their way, feeling like I can never quite keep on top of all the admin, anxiety and apprehension that comes with managing a music-ing life.
The verses were written at two different periods of my trip last year, the first being when I first arrived, feeling positive, creative, loving the weather and the good people I had been meeting. I really felt like everything was coming up Milhouse. The second verse was written the day before we were due in to record the track in the studio.
“Like the early bird searching for his worm, I’m tripping around this world looking for a cause worthy, dipping in and out of the earth’s surface digging for that deeper purpose I’m getting nervous now, the bank account’s plug’s pulled out…”
This song is really special to me as the two verses directly reflect how I was feeling at both ends of the production journey last year, which were totally different headspaces to be in.
It’s also really fun to play live!