I'd like to announce (with great pleasure) that The 15,000 Day Boat Trip
is finally available!
This is an LP that I recorded during my final year in Glasgow, in 2007. It's one long piece split over two sides , and I have been describing it to people as "instrumental music". To be a bit more detailed, Boat Trip
contains similar concrète assemblages to what we did in Lied Music, but with a significantly less boisterous attitude. I took a slow hand here and tried to focus on cohesiveness (despite the damaged/anti aesthetic) as well as providing delicate, slowly breathing spaces. If you know me, you won't be surprised to hear a lot of strings, though I believe this record is esraj-free.
The LP is released in an edition of 300 by the lovely 8mm
label of Italy/Portuguese operation (making this, strangely, the second consecutive solo release I've done on a Porto-based label [the first being the split CD with Spiral Joy Band from back in '07]). Screened/handmade covers, hand-numbered editions, you know - the whole deal.
This has been a long time in the works and represents a solid year of my musical life. I'm really thrilled to have this on vinyl, and it sounds great (thanks in part to the wonderful premastering done by Rory Sanachan).
I'm really sorry to any Americans who may balk at the high price of this. Vinyl costs are rising, but even moreso are shipping rates, which almost seem designed to fuck over those of us who still love hearing music on wax. I have more thoughts on this (as well as the future of physical music replication for me personally) which I will spit out here some time in the future.
This should be obtainable from the usual suspects - I will edit this entry to include links to more stores as they become available. Mimaroglu Music has copies in stock and KFW has written a really thoughtful description
that does a better job than I could ever do of describing my own soundworld. Thanks!