Indie artist, Eddy Mann, has created an intriquing collection of songs on his latest relase 'Simple Things.' The origin of the project can be traced back to a 2015 visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was there that he came upon the works of Philly realist painter Thomas Eakins. Eddy explains, 'As far back as I can remember, paintings have always had the ability to perk-up my creative juices. As a child, whenever my eyes came upon a painting my imagination would flood with story lines within each brushstroke.' On this particular visit, the late nineteenth century works of Eakin's captivated his imagination and brought about the idea for a conceptual album.
In the liner notes Eddy writes, 'The writing was quick and loose which left lots of room for developing at a later date. My original vision was one of a much more dated sound musically, but that changed slowly as the tracks were being laid down. One by one, song after song, there was a unique vibe, a musical footprint was beginning to take form, and though the finished versions are much different then I had imagined, they still retain a heartbeat that was inspired by someone else more than a century ago.'