About 'The Difficult Second'


Update 21st November 2021:


The hoped-for release date was originally for Summer of 2021, but due to a 'number of circumstances beyond our control' this has been put back a year. Fingers-crossed, "The Difficult Second" will be launched by late Spring/Summer 2022.


About 99% of the music is finished, including drums by Sharon Petrover, with the vocal track arrangements to be worked out and recorded over the next few months, with Yael Shotts.


As progress is made, 'teasers' should appear on Facebook, plus the possibility of release of completed tracks.

For this album, Fearful Symmetry co-creator, (and beloved cousin) Jeremy Shotts has generously stepped back to allow Suzi to develop the ideas in progress prior to 'Louder Than Words', to get them 'out of her system'. Nevertheless, Jeremy has contributed lyrics to an epic (15 minute!) track, ‘Warlords’, and continues to provide enthusiastic support, promotion, and his approval for the music as it emerges.

This second album carries the DNA, the philosophies of the first, the crossover of musical sub-genres, but without Jeremy’s eloquent lyricism.

Overall, though, the sound will still be recognisable as Fearful Symmetry, especially with the return of Sharon on drums, and Yael adding her beautiful voice to 8 of the 10 tracks.

Suzi: "I’m so grateful to Jeremy, as without our fearsome synergy, which fired us up to create Fearful Symmetry and ‘Louder Than Words’, I doubt if we would have released anything half as good working on our own." We'll have to see how our friends and followers respond : )

Featuring on 'The Difficult Second'...

Yael Shotts - vocals and vocal arrangements.

Sharon Petrover - drums/arrangements/mixing assistance.

Suzi James - guitars, bass, keyboards, mandolin, oud, e-violin, flute, percussion - backing vocals.

All words, music, arrangements by Suzi with Jeremy contributing to the lyrics of  'Warlords'.

Huge thanks to Jon Farley of Checking For Echo Project, for his help with mixing and mastering the tracks.

Please check out his superb album 'Life & Other Short Stories: Vol1' at www.checkingforecho.bandcamp.com