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! ;-)