February 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
I’m delighted to return to Montreal’s Mutek on 3rd June and Bergen for an Ekko event at Oestre on 28th May! I haven’t played in those two cities for a long time and I’m really looking forward to both shows!
Also wanted to let you know the Everyone Alive Wants Answers reissue on vinyl (with a free cd and download) has been available for the past couple of weeks already! Copies are limited to 400 so get them while they last, from the Leaf Label or your favorite retailer ;-)
January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
I’m thrilled to announce some shows for this spring, and there will be more coming! For now, April 3rd, Rewire festival in The Hague, Nertherlands; 5th April, Dampfzentrale in Bern, Switzerland, and 7th April, Stansermusiktage in Stans, Switzerland.
The perspective of new shows and the amazing support the album has received makes me more motivated than ever to have a new album out for spring 2017, and I certainly hope that 2016 will be a peaceful, joyful and productive year for everyone :-)))
December 16, 2015 § Leave a comment
It’s been a pleasure and a surprise for me to see Captain of None turning up in so many best albums of the year lists! So far: New York Times, NPR Music, NPR Music 10 best electronic albums, BBCRadio 6 Music Gideon Coe album of the year, Uncut, The Quietus, Mondosonoro, Vinyl Factory, CKUT (McGill University’s radio), Rough trade, Piccadilly records… and it was also chosen by Low’s Alan Sparhawk as his favorite album of the year in Magnet magazine!
What about a future album? Well, I’m finally back to work and it means so much to me, not just for artistic reasons…
As I mentioned briefly when I posted my last mix on November 4th, my autumn has been a very sad one because of very difficult circumstances in my family. In November I was finally starting to feel I was ready physically and psychologically to go back to making music, but before that I went to visit my parents, who live in my hometown, south of Paris. I needed to spend a bit of time in Paris on the way back to Spain in order to leave my viola bow for repair at a luthier’s, and I decided to also spend the night there with some friends. This was only the second night of the year I spent in Paris, as I don’t like spending time there anymore (the other night was when I played my show in April), and the day was 13th November. In the afternoon I was at one of the very spots of the shootings as the luthier happened to be in that area, but in the evening, thankfully, I was safe in the home of my friends. After a sleepless night I went back to Spain, and spent the next weeks with an even gloomier feeling of doom than the one I was in already before the attacks. Sometimes, it becomes painfully obvious that the “ideal” circumstances for going back to work are just not going to materialize, and that the best thing to do for oneself is to go back to creating, no matter how awful the world in your private and international sphere seems to become. And even though everything seems futile in the face of death, I’m more grateful than ever for the existence of beauty and being given the chance to create.
Just as I was going back to work, I had the great pleasure of doing an audio interview for the She does podcast, talking about the past present and future of my music and life in general: it’s one of the longest audio interviews I’ve done in a long time and the folks at Shedoes are really deserving of your support, so head over to their website or listen to the show on Itunes!
I also did a short interview in Spanish for Basque clothes brand Loreak mendian after they chose my music to illustrate their Winter campaign (that’s me walking on the Zurriola beach, on a strangely warm day, of the kind we’re having right now – more than 20ºC!).
Thrill Jockey have got the last remaining copies of the original limited tape edition of Everyone Alive Wants Answers here, the others are in the hands of Midheaven, and the second and last edition with a black shell is available exclusively from Beacon Sound.
I will have a couple of concerts coming up in Spring 2016, including 7 April for the Stansermusiktage festival in Stans, Switzerland.
As always thanks for your kind attention and support for what I do, and if I don’t have any other news before then, well I’m wishing you a most beautiful end of year :-)))
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! :-)))
Everyone Alive Wants Answers back on vinyl and for the first time on tape + Low listening to Captain of None!
October 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
I have been keeping quiet these past couple of months, resting and exploring nature, but am soon going to start working on a new album, and in the meantime I do have some exciting reissue news courtesy of The Leaf Label and Beacon Sound. Leaf is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a massive boxset that includes a white vinyl reissue of my first album from 2003 Everyone Alive Wants Answers. The album will also be available on black vinyl early next year, and you can preorder either of these here.
Last but not least, earlier this summer, I had the amazing surprise of finding out via Tweeter and then Reddit that Alan Sparhawk from Low has been listening to my last album Captain of None! It’s a great honor as I am such a fan of early Low material (their first album meant so much to me at the time I heard it back in 1994 and “Words” remains one of my favourite songs ever)… When these things happen, I feel dizzy and grateful! ;-))))
July 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Back from the US part two…
I loved every single one of the shows on this US tour and was truly touched by the kindness and warmth of everyone who came to see me play. Special thanks also go to some of the organisers for their enthusiasm and trust – I’m thinking in particular of the great team at The Exploratorium and Resonance curator Wayne Grim, who were the first to invite me for a 2014 show that had to be cancelled due to my lack of visa at the time, of Peter Broderick and Andrew Neerman of Beacon Sound for the Seaview and Portland shows, of Ronen Givony of Wordless Music for the New York show, and King Britt in Philadelphia.
I unfortunately have few high-quality photos of the shows, but here are a few tpictures from Constellation in Chicago, where I was very excited to finally be able to meet the whole Thrill Jockey team, and pictures from one of the most special shows on the tour, the Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington.
Seaview is a tiny town on the coast of Washington, about two hours’ drive from Portland, and the Sou’Wester Lodge is a very special place indeed: a 1892 lodge surrounded by vintage trailers and trees, the sea just a few hundred metres away… The atmosphere at Seaview is so serene and everything contributed to make this a special day: Peter Broderick gave a truly beautiful opening set, Liz Harris aka Grouper did a sound installation in one of the trailers, the sound was great thanks to the Beacon Sound PA and engineer Jason Powers, and last but not least delicious food was served at the end of the show, everyone sitting at the same huge table , with the night drawing near and finally engulfing us… Here are a few pictures of the show that can give you an impression of the afternoon’s atmosphere…
Another highlight of the tour was doing a session for David Garland’s WNYC’s Spinning on Air radio show: I had recorded a session and interview with David 10 years ago and it was such a pleasure to reunite with him after all these years! You can listen to the programme here and also watch this video of me covering the song from The Night of the Hunter, “Pearl’s Dream” aka “Once upon a time there was a pretty fly”, which I now play at almost every show.
A few articles and interviews were published during the tour, including Time Out Chicago, Portland Mercury and Classicalite, and last but not least I got my first review in the New York Times for my New York show!
I’d like to end this post by sharing a drawing made by someone who attended my Portsmouth show: one of my favourite songs to play live is “This hammer breaks”, especially the ending, which until now had always brought images of some kind of nuclear alarm to my mind, but as the tour went on, nicer images came into my brain, specifically – for some reason – “Star Wars”, until in Portsmouth I actually strongly visualised some mice battling with laser swords throughout the ending of the song… I told the crowd about it and one audience member, Alyssa Grenning, did this drawing, which I just love and I think is the perfect epilogue to this tour!
Thanks so much everyone for your support and interest, as always your words and presence really mean a lot to me! Wishing you a wonderful summer :-)))
July 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
I have been back from my US tour for one week and am slowly recollecting my physical strength, my head still full of wonderful images and memories from what has proved to be my most fulfilling tour on every level – I truly do not regret the amount of time and effort that’s gone into getting the US visa and booking that tour as it’s been 100% worth it!
Life when you’re touring pretty much consists of packing and unpacking your suitcase constantly and making sure you don’t miss your plane (especially true if like me you’re travelling alone and no one is there to tell you what time you should get up and get ready to go), so I did not have time to update this website while on the road, although I did do facebook, which is faster to do. So I’ll give you an update in two or three parts on all that went on for my music in June, and there’s been a lot!
First things first, Christophe Thockler’s wonderful video for “I’m kin” was unveiled at the start of my tour.
Christophe was interviewed about the video on The Plus Paper and on The Creators Project, and you can also read Christophe’s own words on the video and see some stills on his website. Thank you so much Christophe!
I was invited by The Vinyl Factory to make a 100% vinyl mix, and after the two purely Jamaican mixes I did for Solid Steel and FACT (which were actually also 100% vinyl!), this time I decided to focus on the rest of my record collection, going back to old favourites and tying the past with the present. I hope you will love those tracks as much as I do, and you can listen and read what I wrote about the mix and some of its tracks here.
One of the highlights at the beginning of my US tour was getting to do a KEXP session in Seattle – here is the full session below, and you can check out photos taken on that day here.
More from me soon!