|Posted by SimonWaldram on March 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM|
At the beginning on the year I went on the radio and said that I was going
to release at least one thing - an album, a single or an EP - during an every
month of 2014. The DJ, Steve, told me that this is not something he'd announce
if he was doing this as he'd feel he was setting himself up to fail. That's a
good point. 2014 has not been the easiest year so far and, as we head into
April, I have done very little recording and all that's come out so far is a
compilation of mostly previously released stuff. There's still a lot of stuff
in the pipeline though - a lot of which is already finished - which I thought
I'd tell you about here. All this stuff is coming out this year, it's just a
matter of when.
First Day In Spring (single)
A different version to the one that appears on The Space Between. This one has strings and is way better, I think.
EP on 23 Seconds
They have just released a compilation of my stuff and in the summer 23 Seconds will also be putting out an EP I've been making too. It's much more indie rock than anything I've released for a long time and features a collaboration with Fall Colors / Pleasure Holiday singer Julia Fernandez.
Split cassette with Halaka
Halaka are one of my favourite bands ever, so to be able to do an album with them is pretty special to me. Apparently "the curse of the Halaka split" means that usually when they plan to do these kind of releases they never actually come out, so I've reassured them that this is definitely happening. My side of the tape features psychedelic, noise and folk stuff - plus a song that mixes krautrock, punk and dubstep (no, really). Halaka's side is frickin' amazing and features some of the best stuff I've heard them do in ages.
Inside Out / Colliding Circles (single)
For one reason or another it's taken nearly 5 years to get Inside Out to the point where I can actually put it out. It's a good song, I think, and was influenced by late-period Husker Du. A video for the song is being made in LA, although I'm not going to be in it. Lucia Buffa has provided the cover photo for the single (and for the First Day In Spring single too).
This is the big one - although I'm still not sure how big it's going to be. It's already 20 tracks, which is enough for the digital release, but I'm trying to make the CD version a bit special - especially as it's probably going to be my last release on a physical format...at least for a few years. So it's going to be in a specially made box with handmade inners by Sarah Hopping (as shown in the photo below) with extra goodies and the album itself may or may not be spread across 2 CDs in an a Approximately Infinite Universe kind of way.
So those are the definite releases. There are also more tentative ones, such as an EP of electronic stuff, an album of field and ambient recordings, a tape of really way out stuff... we'll have to see how things go in the summer. Thanks for reading.