Kaprekar's Constant is a UK based music collective formed in 2015 by lifelong friends and songwriting collaborators, Al Nicholson and Nick Jefferson. The intention was to provide a vehicle for their own brand of extended, story-telling songs that struggled to find a home elsewhere.
Joined by friend of 30+ years Mike Westergaard, originally as arranger/producer and latterly as co-writer, their first album 'Fate Outsmarts Desire' was released in 2017 to much critical acclaim.
Nominated in Prog Magazine's Limelight (Best Newcomer) category, KC played Holland's Prog Dreams festival and a number of British venues.
Joining them on the release were singers Bill Jefferson and Dorie Jackson, former Level 42 drummer Phil Gould and sax maestro David Jackson, who's tenure with Van der Graaf Generator is still the stuff of legend! It soon became clear that a real chemistry existed between the members, encouraging the writing and recording of album two, 2019's 'Depth of Field'.
Phil's time was taken up with working on his 'Beautiful Wounds' album so a welcome addition to the line-up has been Mark Walker who also plays drums and percussion with the legendary band Caravan. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull makes a very special guest appearance on one track.
With album three currently nearing completion and more live gigs planned for 2022, it is a busy time for all concerned.
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I keep returning to a band I loved and first saw on Later with Jools Holland ; ‘Everything Everything’, The guy's voice is insane and the edgy progressive angle on their pop was tantalising. I bought the album immediately and then typically got distracted by other music. I recently went back to see if they ever did anything else- how embarrassing, there’s archives! I did an iTunes mini listen and purchased an album called ‘Arc’. There’s a song called “Radiant” which melodically floods any boat I'll ever float in. I love it, and it’s really hard to learn and sing along with so that’ll be me for another year or so before I chance another of their albums…
'I saw the Stacey Brothers with their Steely Dan project (The Royal Scam) at Ronnie Scott's recently and had forgotten how much I love the album Gaucho. They played virtually every track from that record but the title track is my absolute favourite!
I was lucky enough to work with Jeff Porcaro and Steve Khan when recording The Blessing’s first album,. Prince Of The Deep Water, both of whom played on Gaucho. Jeff was an absolute Diamond Geezer, as they say and grooved his way across three Blessing tracks: Highway 5, Let’s Make Love and Birdhouse.
The track Gaucho is a song that almost shouldn’t work. Lot’s of pushes, odd bars, not much rhyming in the lyrics, but I love it. The playing is top, top notch and the vocals on the chorus have a sublime laziness that I find enthralling.' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GesEA9MJuII
'This week I have been mostly listening to Wolf Alice's "How Can I Make It Okay?" The rhythm, melody and lyrics are beautiful, and I find the sound epic, the way it slowly builds from its subtle beginning to magnificent ending. It's a cracking song, pop music at its best... '
'Losing from Exit North's 2019 album Book of Romance and Dust. Just the bleakest, most atmospheric music being made at the moment. The instrumentation and production are extraordinary and Thomas Feiner's voice sends shivers. A Scandi-Noir film for the ears! Japan are one of my favourite ever bands and Steve Jansen brings some of their key elements to Exit North's sound. I've not met anyone else yet who shares my enthusiasm and I secretly find that immensely pleasing!'
We were recently asked to supply some instrumental remixes for an exhibition of Sean's in London. It adds a completely different dimension to the music. White Star's Sunrise seemed to go down very well so here is Blue Bird. Once again, the track takes on an entirely different vibe.
Photographer Sean gets talked into trips to strange locations to photograph the most unruly and un-photogenic people that make up Kaprekar's Constant! More of his superb work can be found here:
Proving that you don't have to be called Sean to be our friend, Malcolm Holmes has been Al and Nick's friend since they were all gig-going teenagers. Turning his passion into a business Malcolm, together with Barry (who sadly died in 2017) started a record label that has endured the many upheavals in the music industry, supporting fine musicians, bands and...us!
Chris Topham's record label is producing vinyl albums of quite extraordinary quality. We're delighted to have worked with Chris on the vinyl version of our second album:
Nigel Palmer has great ears and we wouldn't entrust our mastering needs to anyone else:
Mick looks after the design for our CDs and LPs, making sense of our often part-formed and, usually, half-baked ideas!