7th November 2013

So, my split tape with Tranzmit is out on Arachnidiscs Recordings on December 16th.  My side, of course, is Terra Incognita, which is many months old now.  A few months down the line will be The Last Swifts of Summer, which will be my first proper album in almost a year once it comes out – currently looking like early spring on Crash Symbols tapes.  You can hear three pieces from that – Mutterfly, Windswept and Continuous, and The Ephemeral Beauty of Living Things – on my Soundcloud.

I’ve been doing some work on new stuff, but seem to be continually falling into the trap of focusing concepts, rather than simply making some quality tracks.  Found Autechre’s question & answer session on WATMM this last week quite inspiring, especially them talking about how they just love jamming tracks.  Something I’m often guilty of is not really enjoying the process of making music.  So I’ve been back on that, just playing around, seeing what I can come up with.  Thrown out a fair few interesting bits, everything from a dark ambient/noise piece you can hear on my Soundcloud, to some IDM-ish beats and a rather intense drone piece.  I can’t wait to find out where it’s all going over the course of the next few months.  Who knows what the next album will sound like.

Currently reading Skagboys by Irvine Welsh.  What a book.  After trudging through a heap of books which have been good but not amazing, this has been so refreshing.  The one thing that makes a book ‘unputdownable’ (ugh) for me is believable characters – feeling like I know these people.  Not enough books have that.  George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series is another great example, and almost anything by Kate Atkinson.  Anyway, I’m going to re-read Trainspotting and Porno after I’ve finished.

Recently been listening to a lot of Chvrches, Cocteau Twins, Zola Jesus, Warpaint, XTC and FSOL.  Think I’ve finally got to the point where I prefer female singers to male singers, particularly in ethereal sounding stuff.  Gaz’s Liz Fraser and Lisa Gerrard obsession seems to run throughout FSOL’s catalogue, even their early acid stuff seems to have ethereal female vocals caked all over it.  Good stuff.

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