Multi-instrumentalist Fictonian has announced his debut album Desire Lines will be released on November 6th through Distiller Records. The first single on from the album is “Little Blue Book”. The track follows on from the release of previous album tracks “Full Circle Influence” and “Double Negative”.
In recent months Fictonian has completed live dates with Nick Mulvey, which included a show at London’s Roundhouse, as well as his own London show at St Pancras Old Church on July 16.
The man behind it, Glen Roberts, has remained elusive to date, determined to create a body of work which reflects a mind as visual as it is musical. “Fictonian is a specific state of mind within me,” he says. “There are certain types of songs that only come from this mindset I call my “fictonian” state. It means a person who spends more time in their head than reality, which I think everyone can connect to at times. This project represents that side of me.”
It was when Fictonian escaped from the hustle of London life and found solitude in the lush pastures of rural Herefordshire that he first realised the particular qualities that came from this kind of creative isolation. “These aren’t songs that would have come if I’d sat down at a piano and decided to write a pop song, they come from a very specific place in my mind when I was in the countryside on my own for a long time drumming up musical ideas.”
His meticulous obsession for sound recording gives the album a startling, yet delirious sense of present. Everywhere he ventured, from the bustling streets of the capital, to deserted waterfronts on the Lake District to the Wye River where most of this album was written and recorded has somehow imbued the music. “I knew that I didn’t want to follow a genre to easily fit myself in,” he says. “I wanted this album to capture a moment in time”.