Shane Beales is a singer-songwriter originally from Nottingham, via Australia and Liverpool. He wrote this piece about perseverance within both music and life which inspired him to write a project entitled ‘Tel Aviv’.
“I moved to London in August 2010 to continue to pursue a career in music. Upon arrival a whole set of new opportunities opened up, but over the course of a difficult first winter, one by one all of those early doors of opportunity slammed shut. It was a difficult time and I found myself going through a period of feeling low – a general sense of discouragement that made some of the simpler aspects of daily life a challenge. I was well supported through this time by my wife and a group of close friends, who could all see that I was struggling.”
Shane’s honest words are encapsulated within ‘Tel Aviv’, a six-song micro album about the little buds of new life that can make a big difference to our moods and attitudes.TEL AVIV began life as concept driven “six short songs about spring”. In 2011, inspired by the fresh buds of Spring and challenged by the micro-blogging model of Twitter, Shane set about writing and recording in his home studio in Hackney. The challenge was to condense a set of songs into a miniature album in much the same way that Twitter users are challenged to limit their messages to just 140 characters.
The six tracks clock in at just 15 minutes, telling a heartfelt season based narrative, journeying from disappointment to hope. Released digitally on iTunes and Shane’s own website in October 2011, TEL AVIV earned some acclaim, with The Guardian praising its “yearning, electro-flecked and melodic songsmithery”.
To accompany the music is a beautifully, cinematic short film created by Ross McDonald, shot in a variety of locations from Epping Forest to a secluded beach in Cornwall.
The result is 20 minutes of something rather magical. In Beales’ own words “My hope is that as people watch the film, they will be inspired in their own journey.”