August 8, 2017 § 1 Comment
Even though you still can’t hear the album apart from “Separating”, I thought I would show you pictures of the vinyl and CD featuring the incredible artwork created by Iker Spozio and would let you know more about what is “behind” this album, which is as close to a concept album as I’ve ever come. Musically, it’s my first fully electronic and keyboard-based album (next month I will write a series of posts dedicated to my relationship with keyboard instruments). But just as crucially, this album was composed over the course of a very peculiar year for me, a year marked by the constant presence of death on my mind. Some of you may remember I posted a very melancholy mix on 4th November 2015, mentioning sad circumstances in my family. A very close family member had become suddenly very ill, and shortly after posting that mix, I went to France to visit my family, who live in a small town in the province. Right before the trip the horsehair on my viola da gamba bow came undone, and as I didn’t like the thought of sending such an expensive bow to the bow maker via mail, I decided to do as she suggested: I would drop the bow at a colleague of hers in the Republique area of Paris, so she could later pick it up. Paris is on the way to and back from my family’s home, but ever since I left it back in 2010, I rarely spend any time there. In 2015, I had spent only the night the show I gave on the Captain of None tour in April.
So I decided that at the end of my family visit I would go to Paris just for one afternoon and night, that way I would see some friends, drop the bow, and leave for San Sebastian the next day. I chose Friday 13th November, and at about 5 pm I walked back from the luthier and past the terraces of the Rue de la Fontaine au Roi. The afternoon was beautiful and sunny and Paris even seemed to regain some of the attraction that 11 years of living there had taken from it in my eyes. In the evening, as we sat having dinner with my friends in their living room, my boyfriend called us to tell us that there were terrorist attacks happening. We stayed glued to the news late into the night, sirens blaring outside, shaking in fear and disbelief at the thought of what was happening a mere 2 kilometres away. As the news unfolded, I also realised that some of the terraces that had been shot at were those very same terraces I had walked past a few hours earlier.
I was not able to sleep at all, and in the morning, after some hesitation, decided to take my train as planned. I could not believe that of all the days I could have been in Paris, it had to be *that* day, and I thanked destiny/chance/whatever you want to call it that I went past thoses terraces at 5 pm and not later on.
I spent the next two weeks pretty much like everyone else I know – trying to make sense of what had happened. The combination of those events and the illness of my beloved family member meant that for the next months, all I could think about – especially at night – was death: my own death, the death of people I love, the death of complete strangers. A couple of weeks after the events, though, I managed to shake myself out of inaction and started working on the record. The music and lyrics it contains served as my therapy, and I cannot wait to share this music with you as it means so much to me.
More information (on the technical side of things too) in the press release on the preorder page on my Bandcamp and Thrill Jockey’s page.
November 4, 2015 § 1 Comment
You can now listen to a guest mix I made for Klankschap, a mix that means a lot to me: I made it last month in the midst of very sad personal circumstances, and felt naturally drawn towards sadder music for the first time in a long time. I picked some old and more recent favourites and added music from films I saw recently, straight from the films themselves, in particular from the 1960 Indian film “The Cloud-Capped Star”: the soundtrack is really striking and at times so experimental that it sounds way ahead of it time, and in some ways it reminded me of my first album, which kind of loops the loop since the album is being reissued. I do hope you’ll like this mix and if you’re in a rough spot, that listening to it will be like having a loved one holding your hand…
OST Mildred Pierce
Reuben Bell And The Casanovas – It’s Not That Easy
Nina Simone – When I Was In My Prime
Bela Bartok – Rumanian Folk Dance
Jane And Barton – It’s A Fine Day
OST The Cloud-Capped Star 1
Denial – California Dreaming
Dark Day – The Metal Benders
OST The Cloud-Capped Star 2
Meredith Monk – Nota
Bob Lind – Black Night
Jackson C Frank – Just Like Anything
Townes Van Zandt – Waiting Around To Die (Live At The Old Quarter)
OST The Cloud-Capped Star 3
Stina Nordenstam – Clothe Yourself For The Wind
Dominique A – Nous Marchons Sous La Neige
Grouper – Disengaged – Vital
Greg Gives Peter Space – Electric Eel River
Stefan Lakatos/Moondog – Over The Mountain
Khassonka Dunun – Traditional Music From Mali
Bena Kazembe Balitumpa – Kalimba & Kalumbu Songs, Northern Rhodesia
Lalle – The Fulani, Niger / Northern Bénin
Taireva – Zimbabwe, The Soul Of Mbira
OST The Cloud-Capped Star 4
OST Mildred Pierce
Talking of the Everyone Alive Wants Answers reissues, the tape sold out really fast, but a few copies are still available via Midheaven, and Beacon Sound are doing a second 100-copy limited edition, this time with a black shell – this will be the final edition and available only via Beacon Sound, so don’t miss it if you want one! The vinyl is available here.
I’ve also had the pleasure of writing about my adoptive town of San Sebastián and sharing photos of some of my favorite spots for the newly launched Long Way From Home. And yes, kittens hiding among the rocks with the sea in the background are among the best things of the place!
As always thanks for your ears and your support! :-)))
July 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
Klankschap, november 2015
Vinyl Factory 100% vinyl mix, june 2015 (read about the mix here)
FACT Magazine “Captain of none influences mix” (read about the mix here), may 2015
solid steel “thank you jamaica” mix (read about the mix on Solid Steel website), april 2015
dublab mix with iker spozio, june 2013
mondosonoro: a selection of songs in parallel with the songs from the weighing of the heart (with comments in spanish), may 2013
MOST OF MY OLDER MIXES ARE ON MY mixcloud PAGE.OTHER MIXES NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE: bbc radio 6, tom ravenscroft (UK), 2013 – starting from Prince Douglas to Time, but sadly sound is partially available and does not correspond to song titles