Bobby Bazini returns to the NAC Presents series with his new album, Summer Is Gone.
Bazini remains true to his roots on this new collection, drawing deep soul inspiration from both the timeless legends and contemporary classics while also continuing to honour the tradition of having musicians collaborating together live in the studio for recording and not turning to programming for ‘perfection.’ For Summer Is Gone, Bazini has for the first time collaborated with co-writers on his material, working in Los Angeles, Nashville, and London – the prestigious list includes Terefe, Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), Samuel Dixon (Adele, SIA), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, James Bay), EG White (Florence and the Machine, Adele), and country sensation Chris Stapleton.
“I got a lot from working with co-writers, I even discovered more of my own voice in the process,” counter-intuitive as that might sound, Bazini elaborates: “I was challenged to try new things, explore different techniques, and take (for me) unconventional approaches. I was lucky to work with my current dream list of songwriters and we created a wealth of material – it was both difficult and thrilling to shape this album from so many ideas.”
The results are sonically rewarding. Summer Is Gone marks the logical progression of an artist elevating their craft. “On my first album, I essentially recorded the first batch of songs I had written. For my second album, I saw myself as an artist actively choosing a direction. I wanted something old school – and working with Larry Klein and Booker T gave it that classic vibe,” Bazini says. “Now, I want to preserve the organic feel but modernize it at the same time for a blend of the old and the new. I’m curious to see how my fans will respond to both the similarities and the differences, when contrasted with my other albums. This has been a truly energizing period and I’m already enthusiastic to start the process of my next record before too long – and this one isn’t even out!”