I’m very proud to have produced the new Regina Spektor record, which will be released on September 30th. Here’s the first track, ‘Bleeding Heart’.
The final single from ‘Daylight’ is out today. Isobel Blank, a fascinating video and multi-disciplinary artist with whom I’ve had a long association (she made videos for Zero Sum and The Unrest Cure, and we toured together in Italy) has created this beautiful film.
Many thanks to Self-Titled for hosting the premiere.
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.