Grasscut have an album of remixes out on vinyl today, featuring my version of ‘The Field’ alongside other remixes by Mira Calix, Fink, John Metcalfe, Oliver Coates, Adrian Crowley and Penguin Cafe. There’s some more info here.
Aisha Orazbayeva has made a truly beautiful video for ‘Steal Time’. It premiered on Clash Music.
Also Nick Zammuto, whose music changed my course as a musician (and whose work continues to make life generally better) has remixed it.
Finally, a little while ago I was with Brian Eno and he was showing me some new MIDI scripting techniques he was developing; we fed some parts of ‘Steal Time’ in and soon there was this.
Thanks so much to Aisha, Nick and Brian for their work – I’m a lucky man!
Yasmine’s record is nearly finished…
This week I’m finishing off the duo record I’ve been making with Chris Vatalaro, under the project name Amoral Avatar. It will be out soon.
I’m adding some finishing touches with the Korg Polyphonic Ensemble – a beautiful 70s keyboard held in such contempt at the time it was manufactured, that people frequently used to chuck the keyboard away to use the case it was housed in! It has a very cinematic, Morricone-ish sound, and can be heard in a lot of Beck’s music as well.
A couple of shows coming up in May:
‘Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake’ at Birmingham Symphony Hall, with guests including Olivia Chaney, Green Gartside, Sam Lee, Iron & Wine, Vashti Bunyan and Glen Hansard.
I’m co-rpoducing Yasmine’s new record with Luke Smith at Flesh & Bone Studios this month. I am very much enjoying working with Arabic lyrics; literal explanation is rarely possible, but the sound of the words and intention of Yasmine’s performance always conveys the meaning.
I had a lovely time helping Seamus record at Big Jelly – along with his brother John on accordion, Emma Smith on violin and Aram Zarikian on drums (who took these photos).
Big Jelly is based in a beautiful chapel in Ramsgate and getting drum sounds in the big room (which also benefits from a slide) was a blast. Thanks to Mike and Al.
A few things that I played on have come out, or are out soon:
Jarvis Cocker’s production of ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’, featuring Karen Elson, which he conducted live to picture with miraculous accuracy, by dancing.
Brian Eno’s ‘The Ship’ – this record is based on three-dimensional recording techniques and is, for me, some of his greatest work.
Emmy The Great’s new record ‘Second Love’, produced by Dave McCracken, is getting deservedly rave reviews.
Birdy’s ‘Keeping Your Head Up’ – I played on her first record too and it’s been lovely to see how she’s developed as a writer and performer
Thanks to T+S for helping to spread the word about my new sample library. There’s some info about the recording process and studio photos here.