I’m excited to announce that the collaboration with Felix MacIntosh (Tigersonic) and Igor Olejar (Autorotation) is going to become a “proper” band – DIF ID. It’s early days yet but we’ll be looking at getting some gigs in the next couple of months.
Combining a range of influences, from dub to electronica to psychedelia, DIF ID is also exploring experimental means of performance – more on what that means shortly!
I made some smallhaus badges, plus some for my new collaboration with Felix Tigersonic and Igor Olejar (Autorotation).
I still have some left, so get in touch if you’d like some.
It was a great experience and a pleasure to curate this year’s Linear Obsessional compilation, A View From a Hill.
This the intro to the accompanying “Descriptive Catalogue”:
When Richard Sanderson put out a call for volunteers to compile this year’s Linear Obsessional compilation I willingly put myself forward (after some reassurances that it wouldn’t be too much work, honest). I’d contributed to the previous year’s Utterances and really enjoyed it – not only was it great to work to a brief (two minutes exactly, must use the human voice), but hearing the results of the finished collection was ear-opening –to hear how artists had used the brief as a jumping off point to produce an astonishing variety of
The theme for this year’s compilation was really the first thing that occurred to me – maybe the time of year puts me in mind of MR James – the title comes from one of his ghost stories, or maybe because when I volunteered, I’d just spent a day in Hebden Bridge, nestling amongst the Pennines. Anyway, the theme seemed to suggest two things close to my heart – landscape / countryside; and eeriness. I’m very pleased with the results and I hope you are too. Some artists have concentrated on the Jamesian aspects of the title, recorded or interpreted landscapes of importance to them, or combined both. I’ve loved hearing results from artists living down the road to me (almost literally in some cases) to ones from the other side of the world (Australia, Asia and the United States to name a few).
My own submission was a reading of one the amazing Molly Bloom‘s short ghost stories over a suitably spooky soundscape.
I’ve set up a smallhaus Facebook page if you’re into that kind of thing.
I’ve had another lovely review of unweather in ATTN Magazine, who organised the Brink compilation I was part of last year. Thank you!
To me, unweather sounds like one of these meditative meanderings through personal history. I twist unforgettable highs and lows into idle memory debris. Chronology folds in on itself, with the vivid experiences of last week seeping into the hazes of childhood. Tidal waves of shoegaze guitar drain to leave the hum and drip of degraded tapes, while field recordings from across the UK (Isle Of Mull, London, Hebden Bridge) become backdrops to flickers of melody or acoustic drones, which hang in the foreground like an inner calm or ripe, burdening upset.
I’m very pleased that I’ve had unweather reviewed as part of a closer listen’s series on soundscapes and field recordings.
“…when the warm guitar jumps in, we are reminded that that while we cannot escape the storms, we can survive them, and sing again”
My new EP, six is now available on Bandcamp. It’s made entirely with noises I made with my guitar, most of which have been heavily processed in Ableton.
I done a new EP: peaceful pursuits, now up on Bandcamp.
It’s about walking and wondering. It features samples from a wonderful 1970s film about the Cleveland Way, which I’m currently walking (although I have to say it’s far less disturbing that the film).
A limited (20 copies!) edition run of unweather cassettes are now available to buy on Bandcamp at the bargain price of £4 each + postage.
The cassettes are transparent blue, with a sticker featuring the unweather artwork. The inlay features full album details.
Side a: unweather part one (20:33)
Side b: unweather part two (21:32)
There will be a limited cassette release of unweather. On its way soon. Here’s a preview of the artwork.