Vivek Ayer revived his solo project Sugar Loaf Walker during the lockdown in 2020 and created his full album “Benign Penny”
Sugar Loaf Walker is the solo project of artist, Vivek Ayer, which was born in 2009. His work, a set of winding, intriguing and imaginative instrumentals, has come a long way from its creative beginnings. Recording a set of demos in 2009 in Bethnal Green, London, Vivek took influence from the world around him. London’s sprawling urban landscape formed a potent backdrop, the changeable British weather set the tone, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy as well as various conspiracy theories all swirled in rich alchemy to form a set of raw instrumental tracks. “The Sugar Loaf Walk alleyway next to my flat gave the sound its name, and the first song I wrote was to become the first track on this album, The Late Summer.” says Ayer
Fast forward to 2020 and the chaos of the pandemic gave way to the inertia of lockdown. Vivek dug out those old demos and Sugar Loaf Walker was re-born.
“The melodies of the songs inspired me to bring back Sugar Loaf Walker and finish the album, properly this time.” continues Ayer
He worked with a remote team bringing his original demos to life. Inspired by his mother-in-law Penny’s charming car license plate B9 PNY, he named the demo Benign Penny. The album title now has a new and deeper meaning as the artist sadly lost his wonderful mother-in-law in 2010. His daughter was born in 2015, and took on the name Penny, keeping her grandmother’s spirit with her. The album cover, is a photograph of his daughter Penny, caught reaching out to the Fender Stratocaster that you can hear throughout this record.
The album is dedicated to Penelope Ruth Corbett and Penelope Lakshmi Ayer.
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