Scene Memory II

28.09.2021

Back in 2006 I made an electric guitar record called Scene Memory. Plenty of water under the bridge since then, but in the months after my solo tour of Siberia at the end of 2019 the follow-up gradually emerged. It’s coming out through Phantom Limb, who also worked on my duo record with Shahzad Ismaily last year, Visitations.

Thanks to Backseat Mafia for hosting the premiere.

Palace + updates

25.08.2021

I’ve just finished producing the new record by Palace. The songs are amazing and I feel very lucky to have worked on it. Here’s the first single, Gravity.

Earlier this month I took part in a concert with Brian & Roger Eno at the Acropolis – the first time they’ve performed together and the first time I’d been on stage with Brian since Pure Scenius, 10 years ago. (The time before that was the Drawn From Life tour in 2001, so Brian’s live performances seem to come round roughly every 10 years). There are some little snippets via Brooklyn Vegan.

Also out is the Disney film Cruella – I played guitar on Daniel Pemberton’s score and on Florence’s song at the end.

Lastly, and rather late, I played with Jon Hopkins on his Resident Advisor session – video below.

Blurry The Explorer

27.04.2021

A couple of weeks before the first lockdown I went to Lisbon for a couple of days to record with my buddies Jeremy Gustin, Ryan Dugré and Ricardo Dias Gomes. The record that came out of those sessions is now complete and here’s the fist single.

Saya and Takashi Ueno from Tenniscoats guest on vocals & tenor saxophone, and Jeremy made the video.

Krononaut EP

05.04.2021

Krononaut, my duo with Martin France, has released a new EP on Tak:Til. “Scratch Test” features Matana Roberts and Arve Henriksen, and you can listen/buy here.

A nice review from London Jazz News, who gave a lot of support to the album last year, is here.

“Scratch Test” and “Loam” are the beginning and end of a 30-minute trio improvisation with saxophonist Matana Roberts, recorded at Lightship Studios. In fact “Scratch Test” is the very first thing we played, ten minutes after Matana arrived. When she and Martin finished their opening phrase in unison, I remember thinking it augured well for the session. 

“Trypography” is taken from the middle section of the same piece; listening back I loved the interplay of drums and guitar, but it lacked a focal point. So we asked trumpeter Arve Henriksen to overdub his part remotely. The title is a made-up word, intended to describe the study of holes. 

Central Saint Martins

25.03.2021

I’m proud to have been part of the online Central Saint Martins MA Show 2021 with IV Apparel, making the music and doing the sound design. Check it out here.