April 16, 2015 § Leave a comment
You can finally view Naoko Tanaka’s incredible video for “Captain of none”, I hope you will love it as much as I do!
The video was premiered on Ad Hoc with an interview dealing specifically with the video and on the Nouvel Obs with a short interview in French.
You can also read another interview in German on Culturmag.
I also started a series of posts on my Facebook showing pictures from the recording of the album and explaining how each song was made. I will do one big post on this blog here once I reach the end of the album, but in the meantime, you can have a look on my Facebook for “Holding Horses”, “I’m Kin” and “This Hammer Breaks”.
And tomorrow I’ll be leaving for Holland where I’m playing in ‘s-Hertogenbosch at the FAQ festival on Saturday 18th April.
April 13, 2015 § Leave a comment
Captain of None
has been released in Japan by Plancha and I did two dub-influenced versions of both “I’m Kin” and “Captain of None” for the Japanese CD which you can now stream from the Thrill Jockey website and buy from Itunes (you can buy the whole album or buy the tracks individually).
Here are some awesome photos of the album in Tower Records Shibuya and Tower Records Shinjuku in Tokyo last week!
Last but not least, I was asked by Self-Titled Magazine to choose 5 of my favorite Jamaican versions, so if you want to add some Jamaican dub goodness to your life head this way!
The video for “Captain of None” and the Solid Steel mix are coming up this week, so keep your eyes peeled for more news! :-)))
April 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
After 9 long months of waiting, my fifth album Captain of None is finally out and you can stream the album directly from the Thrill Jockey page for the album and buy it there or at any other real or online shop you fancy – athough as you probably know labels benefit most when you buy your copy directly from them! The white vinyl limited edition is already sold out so a huge thank you to all those of you who have bought copies – the vinyl copies I will be selling on this tour are all white vinyl as long as that lasts, so if you want to grab a copy at one of my live shows just head straight to the merch table as I will be bringing very few copies with me (my luggage on tour is 25 kilos so I’m never able to bring large quantities of merch).
There will be many things coming up this week, and one I’m really looking forward to is the premiere of Naoko Tanaka‘s incredible video for the title song of the album – here are more stills from the video.
There will also be interviews, a mix for Solid Steel, a concert in Paris at the Magic Barbès Festival at FGO Barbara on Saturday, and every day on my facebook page I will post photos taken during the recording of the album, to give you a glimpse of how it was recorded. Today here’s a portrait taken by Iker Spozio of me and the star of this album, my beloved treble viola da gamba made by the great French luthier François Danger of Atelier des 7 cordes.
Thank you SO MUCH for your support, it truly means a lot to me :-)))
March 31, 2015 § Leave a comment
Ten days ago I finally received my US work visa (which will last for 3 years – hurrah!) and I can now finally confirm the full US tour with a total of 9 dates as well as a radio session for WNYC’s Spinning on Air! I’m so excited as I haven’t played in the States since 2008 and I’m playing some cities and areas for the first time (Seattle, Portland, New Hampshire). I can already tell that some of these concerts will be very special, such as Philadelphia which has just been confirmed with the great King Britt opening the night, and the small Seaview concert in which I will share the bill with a special friend and super talented musician (TBA soon)! A huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible: Tamizdat for securing the visa, Thrill Jockey for their help, the friends and musicians who facilitated some of these concerts, and especially the promoters and curators who took a chance on booking a French artist without a confirmed visa!!!
June 11, 2015, San Francisco, US – Exploratorium, Resonance Series
June 13, 2015, Seattle, US – Good Shepherd Chapel, Wayward Music Series
June 14, 2015, Seaview, WA, US – Sou’Wester (limited capacity)
June 17, 2015, Portland, US – Holocene – presented by Beacon Sound
June 18, 2015, Portland, US – Beacon Sound (instore performance – limited capacity)
June 20, 2015, Chicago, US – Constellation
June 25, 2015, Portsmouth, NH, US – 3S Artspace
June 27, 2015, Philadelphia, PE, US – Fringe Arts
“Captain of none” video stills, Boomkat album of week and white vinyl in Europe, Japanese edition with bonus tracks, Cappadox festival.
March 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
Quite a few thing to share with you this week!
Naoko Tanaka is an extremely talented Japanese artist working in the fields of performance and installation, she does really amazing things with lights, shadows and projections, and she has just completed a video for my song “Captain of None”. I saw the video for the first time a couple of days ago and I cannot wait to share it with you on 8th April as what she has done is just stunning. Here are some stills from the video giving you a hint of what’s to come.
Boomkat has selected Captain of None as album of the week, you can read the review and hear excerpts from three of the songs (“I’m Kin”, “Eclipse” and “Holding Horses”) as well as buy the white vinyl edition here (to my knowledge, they’re the only European retailer stocking the white version, which you can otherwise order directly from Thrill Jockey).
The album gets a special release in Japan on the PLANCHA label and their CD version includes two bonus tracks made specially for that edition (two dubbed-out versions of “I’m Kin” and “Captain of None”). I’m also hoping to be able to do a small Japanese tour at some point in the autumn – it’s been a long time since 2008!
Finally, I will be playing my first ever concerts in Turkey at the Cappadox Festival in Uçhisar, Cappadocia, on May 16 and 17, 2015 – as usual all details can be found in the live section. The area and venue look incredible and the line-up includes some great artists too!
March 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Last month when I announced the limited white vinyl edition of Captain of None, I was so excited about it that I said that the album was also available on “regular old CD”, which 1) shows that I prefer vinyl (for reasons of sound but also longevity – hands up if a lot of your old CDs skip or won’t play..) 2) isn’t fair at all because the CD version is a beautiful mini gatefold containing another illustration on the inside of the gatefold, as well as a full colour booklet (the vinyl has a different insert, black and white), and here’s what it looks like, with artwork and design by Iker Spozio as always… Both vinyl and cd are on preorder here.
In other news, the amazingly talented stop-motion video artist Christophe Thockler has started work on a video for my song “I’m Kin”, and I really cannot wait to see the results! Christophe is taking pictures as he’s shooting and I’ve been sharing them via Facebook, but here they are for you non-Facebook users ;-) If you are not familiar with Christophe’s work, I strongly urge you to go watch his incredible “Cusp” video for Mimi Goese and Ben Neill.
Speaking of making of, I’ve added a STUDIO PHOTOS section on this website where I will be putting the photos of my studio that I regularly post on Facebook, so it’ll make one nice space in which you can have a little glimpse of where and how I work.
On the live front, one live show in the US has been added, on June 25th in Portsmouth, NH, at 3S Artspace, with Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors opening, and there should be another US East Coast show to announce soon, as well as concerts in Turkey.
This week on Friday 13th March I’m kicking off the tour with a slightly early date in Munich at the Frameworks festival – good job I’m not superstitious, because it’s the first time I will be playing the album live in its (almost) entirety! ;-)
February 26, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’m delighted to finally be able to share the title track of my forthcoming album, Captain of None, out on Thrill Jockey on April 6th in Europe and April 7th worldwide. Both Stereogum and The Boiler Room premiered it today, here and here, as well as the French-speaking website The Drone here. You can also access it via the Boiler Room’s Soundcloud and Thrill Jockey’s Youtube page. I truly hope it’ll make you feel like listening to the rest of the album once it’s out! You can preorder the album in its limited edition white vinyl format or the mini-gatefold CD format here – European customers should be able to grab the white vinyl from Boomkat very soon (indeed postage prices from the US to Europe will cost you as much as the vinyl itself – I will post again about the white vinyl’s availability as soon as I get that info).
In other big news, I am very happy to announce that my concert in London will be presented by the Barbican in association with Artic Circle on May 24, 2015 at LSO St Luke’s! I’m honoured to be able to play in such a beautiful venue, presented by such a prestigious institution and Artic Circle who had organised one of my favourite gigs ever, Union Chapel back in 2008! Members of the Barbican can buy their tickets now, and tomorrow at 10 am tickets will be available for purchase to everyone.
I will also be playing in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Holland, at the FAQ festival on April 18th.