i’ve tried

as mentioned in the post before last, october will see the release of my album full of vocal experiments . . . these walls of mine . . . which can now be preordered here. most of the songs on this record were debuted on my flickr page a couple years ago and were created while in the process of making my http album. two songs, however, are more recent numbers, written at home in summer 2011. at one point i started walking around my apartment singing in a rather r&b style just for fun, and then i had the idea to try and make an entire song in this manner. that’s how i’ve tried came to be.

in the video below you can see me performing the song with my good friend martyn heyne, at his lichte studio, where we finalized the mixes of the album, running all my tracks through his old tape machines and echo boxes . . . fun!!!

25 thoughts on “i’ve tried

  1. I love that you continually experiment with different genres and don’t just stick to one sound. Great job!

  2. ha!

    i hadn’t worn the shirt for quite some time, and when it came time shoot the video, i thought it could be a nice time to let it shine a bit 😉

  3. Hello Peter! Lovely sound. I went to End of the Road in the UK, and you didn’t play, I hope it wasn’t anything bad. Hope to catch a show soon!

  4. hi yukiko! that song was a bonus track for the itunes version of my album “home” . . . but it might only be available in europe . . . i’m not quite sure! if you can’t find it just email me and i’ll send it to you 🙂

  5. Hi Peter, this new project sounds great. I’d never heard ‘softly freezing’ before either, it’s not on my edition of home bought in the uk, and can’t find it on itunes or the internet. Really like it, could you poss send it to me too? Hope to see you play live in the north of england again. Best, Joel

  6. wow, this sounds sublime…reminds me of arthur russell’s best moments, now waiting for vinyl release!

  7. Hi Peter,
    This song ( i’ve tried) is available in audio too? , I would like to have it for listen in different places, 😀

  8. I’VE TRIED:

    In this brave new world
    The only guard (god) is you
    And in this game of hearts
    The only card is you
    In this song of love
    The only voice is you
    And in this voice of you
    Every sound must be true
    And with the sound of truth
    Comes the joy of baby ruth youth

    But I’ve tried keeping the mind high
    And I’ve tried keeping levels low
    And I’ve tried to catch the eye of a spirit
    That’s always looking away
    I’ve tried

  9. Gorgeous song , so intense !

    Thank you
    It’s on repeat (the live version I can really feel your soul )

  10. I love it sooo much Peter! thank you very much.
    Very best best wishes!!! Much love!
    FrantiÅ¡ek – Frank, from Slovakia

  11. Hi Peter ! I’ve been looking for the original version of Softly Freezing for ages without success, I wouldn’t mind buying the whole album again to get this song but it’s absolutely impossible to find apart from a user made video on youtube.

    Any way you could reupload it somewhere ? It’s one of the most perfect songs I’ve ever heard and I just have to have it !

    Thanks in advance 🙂 !

  12. Hi Maxime.

    I’m glad you asked about that song! I am currently in discussions with some label folks about potentially re-releasing that song . . . I will know more soon but if this happens it probably will not be until mid 2018 sometime…

    Best wishes,


  13. Hi Peter,

    It’s been quite a while since my last message, but I’m still haunted by Softly Freezing, and still scared that if the one youtube video that features it somehow gets taken down, I’ll never be able to hear this beautiful song of yours again.

    There’s something quite poetic about this piece of music being so elusive in an age where everything seems to be readily available online, but I do hope you can help me in my quest to find it.

    Thanks in advance !

    Best regards,

  14. Hi Maxime.

    Thanks for writing again. Tell you what . . . if the YouTube video ever disappears, then reach out and let me know, and I’ll sort a way for you to hear the song again.

    All the best,


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