In what turned into something of an epic interview I think we touched on nearly everything I have done in music and art in the last decade.
It’s split into 3 sections:
Last weekend I was out in Vienna and Serbia with Polar Bear, it was an amazing weekend, our first concert was canceled weeks before and due to some travel complexities we had to go out and spend a day just eating and drinking together in Vienna, It’s a hard life sometimes.
Anyway on to Serbia in the smallest and noisiest plane still flying. Our hosts were some of the warmest and most lovely that I can remember and after a very nice concert we were invited to a brilliant little bar situated underneath a bookshop in Novi Sad. It was packed with all the people who ran the concert and all their friends and it became impossible to avoid having a totally brilliant time. We ended up being gently turfed out at about 4:30 in the morning. This allowed us 3 or 4 hours sleep before flying back to London.
On our return we were greeted by what can only be described as total chaos on the tube, the closure of one of the lines meant that the trains were absolutely packed. At one point on the journey I looked over to the end of the carriage to see a grown woman and man with a child standing on top of my guitar case. The fun weekend was catching up with me and I was only able to close my eyes and ponder the wisdom of not getting enough sleep.
On returning home I flopped onto my bed and let my eyes close. I was really looking forward to seeing my girlfriend who was still out at work. Then instead of drifting of to sleep, words started to come to me. At first in dreamlike washes, which gradually became more and more lucid. After a little while I opened my eyes again, wrote down the forming words and went into the studio picked up the guitar I made back in 2007 and half an hour later I had this:
My first tune in a very long time, I hope you’ll enjoy it and the story behind it.
A guitar, amp, chopstick, and bicycle spoke.
Love to all,
Back in the mists of time before I had released any records, and before I had even decided that I would like to make music for a living. I used to write a huge amount of songs, record them on a shitty 4 track tape recorder, collect enough to fill a C60 tape and give them to my friends. Maybe I thought I might get signed or something, but I don’t remember ever trying to get them to a label. Honestly I think I did it for the love of making, collecting and organizing the songs, doing the artwork and handing them out. This is one of my last compilation tapes, I made it when I first moved to London in 1998/9 though some of the songs date back to 1995.
This compilation used to be available on my old website but was lost somehow. I was just reminded about the existence of these tunes so I thought I’d have a little scout around and google found them! A few years back the good folk at www.ordinarybicycle.com offered to host the download – which I had totally forgotten about. So thanks to them you can have a listen if the fancy takes you.
The songs are mainly voice and guitar, If you enjoy dark wobbly-voiced down-tempo existential crisis you might enjoy “the sky is darker than the road”
Leafcutter John x.
A fascinating talk given by American psychologist Barry Schwartz. It makes me think of the implications for electronic music. Post your thoughts…
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