Archive for January, 2010

Back!

January 31, 2010

So after my short ‘hiatus’ (as they say) I am now back on PWL duties. In case you were wondering I took a few months off to get married to my long-suffering girlfriend Siân (she of many sleeve note mentions).

So here are the first batch of gigs I’ve got lined up for 2010. Most of them are as support to my Cardiff showbiz pals The School who are launching their awesome girl group inspired indiepop debut album with this tour. We’ll also be joined by Allo Darlin’ – an excellent ukelele toting singer songwriter. You may have seen her at Indietracks playing on a train, or at Swn with a full band. I’ve also a couple of oneoffs.

Sat 6th March – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach The School’s Album Launch with The School & Allo, Darlin’
Tues 9th March – BRISTOL Mother’s Ruin with Chris T-T & Oxygen Thief
Wed 10th March – CARDIFF Buffalo Bar with Eric Chenaux, Draw Me Stories, & Dead Rat Orchestra
Sat 20th March – BIRMINGHAM The Victoria with The School
Sat 27th March – LONDON Bush Hall with the School & Allo, Darlin’

‘European Monsoon’ is currently being mixed at Dreamtrak. The artwork is done. I’ve counted 12 outtake songs which I will also be making available one way or another. Stay tuned.

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Free EP: Mostly Furniture

January 3, 2010

Hello – Happy New Year etc,

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages. This is an EP of instrumentals I made quite a while back. All of them are over a year old – some older. I compiled it a while back and called it ‘Mostly Furniture’. A few of them have been on the PWL’s Junk Shop myspace for a while so you may already have heard them.

Most of them are improvisations.

1. Factory Made (2.35) (circa 2008)
This is a simple improv with the Kaossilator – a.k.a. the little yellow box I use at gigs.
2. Stylomon (5.02) (2007)
This is an improv with the monome 256 and some samples from a stylophone.
3. I Hate Vigilantes (7.43) (2005 or 06)
This is something I made in the first week I had ableton live to learn how to use it. I thought it sounded a bit New Order-y. I later used one of the sounds I made for this in ‘The Tree of Knowledge’. I haven’t re-listened to it in a while but it is not, if I recall correctly, particularly good.
4. England Didn’t Expect That (5.12) (2007)
This is the loops from ‘England Expects’ slowed down to the minimum bpm and messed with.
5. Have You Killed (10.56) (2007 or 08)
Can’t entirely remember how I made this.
6. Joe Colombo’s Chair (3.44) (2008 I think)
A bit more ‘composed’ this one – all done in ableton. If you only download one of these make it this one.
7. So Lonely I Was Sick On My Player Piano (3.15) (2007 or 08)
This was recorded as backing music for my appearance on a Welsh music show. We did a weird black and white bit in the middle which didn’t entirely work. It’s a piano version of ‘(Sick of) Playing Solo’.

Enjoy.