You Know Who You Are

You Know Who You Are

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30th December 2023 (Jeff Lynne's birthday)


6th June 2023 - 2nd December 2023*

*Recordings produced from sessions dated between 24th February 2021 - 8th October 2021 did occur as part of the original acoustic project in efforts for this release, however the project was eventually abandoned. None of these earlier recordings feature in this release.





Joel Dobbins Music


Music & Lyrics:

Joel Dobbins

Cover Art:

Joel Dobbins


Joel Dobbins


Josh Whalan

You Know Who You Are Joel Dobbins

Starting out as a simple acoustic guitar album project, Joel originally laid out almost a full album's worth of new material but wasn't happy with the sound from a technical standpoint. Inspired by classical music's orchestral movements and rock opera, he scrapped the project and started the new album again after a 20 month recording hiatus, despite doing some writing and playing inbetween. He created a continuous medley morphing from one song to another, resulting with well over 1000 layers of recordings within Logic Pro. This turned into Joel's first fully lengthed album, almost double the length of the longest solo work released prior, finalising at just over 50 minutes. While mapping out the album bar by bar, the song choice and tempo were adjusted to suit the songs chosen for the medley. He picked only the very best of the new songs from the abandoned acoustic album project and finished off some songs left over from previous projects which were already very nearly completed. As Joel had a very specific and experimental vision in mind, he chose to mix the album himself like earlier albums such as "Freedom", "Yes" and Gravier's "I Decided To Tell You".

The iMac experienced no latency in drum recording compared to while using the Macbook Pro, so the drums were much easier and more enjoyable to record as he could listen to the high quality Logic Pro drum sound direct rather than having to listen to what the default inbuilt sound the drum kit itself would produce, which being a cheap electric drum kit wasn't ever going to be as high quality Logic Pro offers, which is what also features on the album. Recording the drums actually became the least time consuming instrument to record, which otherwise was a lot more of a bother, so he had actually never had as much fun recording drums for this project compared to any other. Another reason why it was so enjoyable was that his timing had improved overtime, so he could play more intuitively and feel the groove more as opposed to having to consciously focus on keeping in time which he play on in previous projects.

As for both the album title and cover, much metaphor is used to describe people of narcissist tendencies we've all had experiences with in our lives, some close to home and others afar. The album title is a line taken directly out of the first song "(I Know) You Are Listening", since some of the narcissists Joel refers to may literally be listening as the rest of the lyrics describe. A gas light is featured to represent "gaslighting" on the cover, referring to a narcissistic technique of continually undermining and devaluing one's own opinion so the victim begins to start self-doubting their own opinions and instead lean on a manufactured perspective the narcissist wants them to believe. The shadows of "flying monkeys", a psychological term for those who cooperate with narcissists for their own gain, is also featured. The psychologist who first coined the phrase "flying monkeys" was actually inspired by The Wizard Of Oz movie, with the Wicked Witch of The West being the head narcissist of the "narcissistic cult". Most notably in the cover though, the musical notation is what is literally bringing light to the mask, which otherwise perhaps would have remained completely hidden in the darkness.

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