Hello You. Another rather hurried update this week to invite you to come along and join myself and director Steven McInerney as we unveil another live screening of the Psyché Tropes film A Creak In Time as part of Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival. The film has featured in numerous festival line-ups both at home and abroad of late and has been going down a treat, so we’re really looking forward to spooling up and bringing it live to the good folk of the Midlands this Sunday. See you there?
Thanks to everyone who came down to Iklectik last Saturday night to witness what might have been Howlround’s heaviest show to date – a real wall-shaker, so I’m informed! The plan had been to start fairly quietly and build up, but the machines weren’t having any of it and ended up quite literally howling. It was also our longest set to date after being bumped up to headliner following the most unfortunate absence of Stephan Mathieu. Sadly some unforeseen circumstances on the road somewhere in Belgium (if memory serves) left Stephan stranded and unable to make it in time to perform. But the show must always go on, and the crowed very much enjoyed the pre-recorded piece that he sent over in his stead – with myself at the levels and host Eduard at the mixing desk, I think we did pretty decent justice to the great man’s work. Now we must get him over for a rematch! Incidentally, if you haven’t been to Iklectik yet, seriously do pop along. It’s my favourite venue in London by miles, perfect location, perfect atmosphere and a monster sound system!
In other news, check out this special edition of the Japan Sound Portrait podcast from Late Junction mainstay and Musicity founder Nick Luscombe, created to celebrate a special week-long season on BBC Radio 3 called Night Blossoms, which will ‘explore the mysterious, counter-cultural and unexpected side of Japanese music and arts’ across the station’s evening programmes, running from 21st to the 27th April. This latest podcast includes a track we produced together a few years back using field recordings made in Japan (including the sounds of ‘comb-cutting’, I seem to remember) that I’d almost forgotten making, as well as music by amoeba and shinekosei. Well worth a listen – as I’m sure will be the forthcoming programmes on Radio 3, more of which will be unveiled in due course here.
And lastly, thanks very much for all the kind words regarding the new LP! Marta and I are very proud of this one! Hopefully we’ll find some space in our respective schedules to get some more live dates in the calendar before too long. In the meantime, the vinyl can be pre-ordered from The Touchshop here. Thanks as ever for listening!
Exciting times all-round as Howlround unveil a brand new vinyl LP and perform alongside Stephan Mathieu for his first UK live appearance since 2012. This latest release, a split with Italian composer Marta De Pascalis, will be released by The Wormhole on May 18th, but is already available to pre-order via The TouchShop. Strictly limited edition of 200, you’d be advised not to sleep on this one!
Limited copies will be available for purchase at Iklectik on the night, weeks ahead of the release date – and this is entirely fitting as both sides of the LP were recorded in the same evening at that very same venue last year, to mark the 100th release on Wormhole sister label The Tapeworm. Further information and tickets can be found here.
Thanks also to Dexter Bentley and The Hello Goodbye Show team for having me last Saturday, particularly the ever-lovely and patient engineers Isa and Ilia, who are old hands by now at putting up with my slightly strange requirements. The show featured a live improvised Howlround set alongside sets from The Monochrome Set and The Reverse. The set appeared to go down very well and I’m reliably informed the entire building was shaking, which I’m going to take as a mark of quality. I’ll be going back over the recording once I get a moment and doing a spot of remastering and general nipping and tucking, but the entire show, in all its madcap glory can be enjoyed here:
Hello You. I must begin this week with something of an apology to those who apparently got very, very excited at an announcement on Howlround’s Twitter and Facebook feeds over the weekend, purporting to unveil the cover artwork for some imminent masterwork:
I am now forced to confess that this was merely a piece of April Fools japery, cooked up on my kitchen table when I should really have been doing something more productive (ie. some actual cooking). I had assumed the giveaways would be obvious – the rather sloppy execution, the fact that London Overground would almost certainly have given me a kicking for the blatant misappropriation of their logo, the laughable implication that any long-suffering London commuter would actually choose to increase the number of times they have to hear that deathlessly glib and pointless phrase ‘SEE IT, SAY IT, SORTED!’ in the space of half an hour. And yet within minutes of uploading this piece of light-hearted whimsy, I started getting messages from all over asking when would it be out and could they get a pre-order, and would I include a lock of my hair with the first 50 copies like Aphex Twin did that one time?
Alright, that last one might have been an exaggeration (besides, I’m saving what remains of my forelock for the Royal Wedding), but I do hope my foolish antics didn’t cause too much offence. More troublingly, I also now realise such japery might have detracted from the 100% genuine and accurate announcement made the previous day that there was indeed a new Howlround release in the offing and that listeners to Resonance FM were about to receive the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first play ANYWHERE!
This time it’s 100% true – those promenading London Bridge last Saturday lunchtime will be able to vouch for a Fog-shaped blur dashing down Borough High Street with a test pressing under his arm. I can now excitedly reveal that this test pressing was a freshly minted split LP featuring brand new material from Howlround and genius fellow tape-wrangler Marta De Pascalis, forthcoming on The Wormhole label and available within the next month or so. Scouts Honor this time! Still don’t believe me? Listen again here for a tantalising aural glimpse:
Thanks to Richard and the Dexter Bentley team for having me. As it happens I shall be back on the show again next week, Saturday 7th April, performing live tape loops alongside new-wave legends The Monochrome Set and ‘erudite indie poppers’ The Reverse. All being well and with the machines’ co-operation, I shall be unveiling some of the decidedly abrasive new material we’ve been working on during our winter hibernation, which will hopefully whet a few appetites for the following Saturday’s live performance alongside Stephan Matieu at Iklecktik. Listen in from noon this Saturday on 104.4FM in London, DAB in greater London or worldwide via Resonancefm.com. SORTED!