Simon Hurst writes, plays, arranges and produces but he doesn’t do vocals. So when he first heard Jacqueline Petrea sing, he thought, “hmm ... maybe I could persuade her to sing some of my songs ... maybe I should write some songs for her to sing ...”
And that’s kind of how Extraordinary Behaviour began. With Simon doing all the playing and Jacqueline doing all the singing, we recently finished recording the first Extraordinary Behaviour album – ‘What’s This All About Then?’
What does it amount to? A vehicle for Simon’s delusions? A hubristic flight of mock ironic pop fantasy soaring dangerously close to the ground? Or just a growing bunch of genre-confused songs for you to love, hate, admire or dismiss with a knowingly cool sneer?
Have a listen and see what you think.
Yes, it sounds like a cop-out. But I really find it hard to answer this one. I listen to a wide range of music – from rock and pop of all eras, to jazz and blues, to classical – but, apart from odd moments, I honestly don’t know what influences I hear in the stuff I write. If you’ve got any ideas, please feel free to let me know.