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Month: June, 2011

Port Eliot Festival 24th July 2011, plus James Brewster collaboration out now

I will be playing the Port Eliot Festival, St Germans, Cornwall on Sunday 24 July 2011 on the Caught By The River stage.  The festival runs from the 21st to the 24th, and both weekend and day tickets are available. Authors and musicians vie for your attention and the list is so impressive you are sure to miss a great deal of what you want to see.

Here is a cool promotional video demonstrating the variety of ingredients that make the festival unique. For some arcane reasons they chose Gravenhurst’s monumental My Bloody Valentine rip-off masterpiece ‘Hollow Men’ as the soundtrack:

Here are some personal recommendations (so if for some peculiar reason of your own you wish to follow me around all weekend you’ll know where I’ll be). I’m not-not-recommending the numerous others, I just don’t really know them. So:
Helen Walsh, Mick Brown, Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong, Hari Kunzru, Hanif Kureishi, Jon Ronson, Rosie Boycott, A.C. Grayling, Kevin Sampson, Luke Wright, Caitlin Moran, Matthew de Abaitua, Rob Young, Joe Dunthorne, James Attlee.
Caught By The River
Andrew Weatherall, Jonny Trunk, Hannah Peel, Geoff Travis, Gaggle, Richard King, everyone speaking at the Ghosts Of Gone Birds Symposium, John Andrews
Idler’s Academy (Curated by The Idler’s Tom Hodgkinson, a man who may well be lazier than me).
Music & Cabaret
Laetitia Sadier, Glenn Tilbrook, Ed Harcourt, John Cooper Clarke, Simon Munnery, John Hegley, Guy Pratt

That’s only a small sample of what’s on offer. Check the rest out and get your tickets and further info from
Weekend tickets here
Day tickets here

James Brewster album “As A Hovering Insect Mass Breaks Your Fall” featuring Nick Talbot and many more guest vocalists
I’m delighted to announce my collaboration with James on his new album, ‘As A Hovering Insect Mass Breaks Your Fall’ released on Make Mine Music via Cargo Distribution. Each track features vocals by a different guest singer; I sing vocals on the track ‘Wingbeat Fission’ which we plan to release as a single later in the year.

James Brewster is an English musician, producer and sound explorer currently living in Malmö, Sweden. ‘As a hovering insect mass breaks your fall’ is his fourth solo album, though it is the first to be released under his given name. It is also the first full album he has recorded since moving to Sweden in mid-2006. You may know the music he released under his previous moniker, ‘Mole Harness’.
The new album moves seamlessly between ultra-melodic song-structures, atmospheric sound-design, dense digital processing, spoken word, field recordings, evolving minimalist themes, intricate drum machine rhythms, chiming interlocking guitars and cascades of bells. The minimalist leanings of the first half of the album gradually build towards a more pop-oriented second half.

The range of vocal contributors to the album neatly reflects both stages of Brewster’s musical development thus far. Firstly, his roots in the Bristol DIY scene of the early 2000s – which both inspired him to start making music and nurtured his early sound – and, secondly, the the broadening of influences which resulted from his relocation to Malmö. From the Bristol side we have myself, plus Men Diamler (one of the West Country’s most astonishing live performers) and Suzi Gage (of acclaimed Bristol band You and the Atom Bomb). From further afield comes the Albanian opera singer Egzona Gervalla and Iranian puppet-artist Soodabeh Haaji as well as fellow Englishman Daniel Goody (of Malmö electro-indie-pop band Steel Island).

“a great record… bounces off in all directions you could think of.” Vital Weekly
“strikingly covers an impressive amount of ground” Textura
“a brave, unconventional album” Norman Records
“Brewster is now just as concerned with creating great songs as much as he is to satisfy his thirst for experimentalism.” Leonard’s Lair