Now available from Dirk Serries’ New Wave Of Jazz label is TRANSLUCENCE, a trio album from Tullis Rennie, Dirk and myself.
Recorded in Brussels in January 2020, the session followed our first trio performance at Sound In Motion’s 2019 Summer Bummer festival in Antwerp. Of course, soon after the recording it became impossible to travel or play live for a long while, but the trio now has some plans for live playing in the UK next month:
15 July – at LUME | Hundred Years Gallery, London
16 July – at Two Ship | The Nest, Hastings
I’ll add more info to this post soon, along with a link for UK physical orders of the CD.
It’s out there: you can now listen to and pre-order Carapace from Raw Tonk. Check it out!
Out on 25th March and available to pre-order today is Conduits. This duo recording with Olie took place over JackTrip during lockdown, and we’re super happy that Relative Pitch Records wanted to release it.
You can pre-order the CD or digital album from today. If you’re ordering a physical copy from the UK you can buy it from us on Olie’s Bandcamp site rather than from the label in the US, to avoid prohibitive shipping costs.
Thanks to Kevin Reilly from Relative Pitch for putting this out! The cover photo is by Olie.
In early January I made an improvised electronics piece for one side of this tape release on Graham Dunning’s label Fractal Meat Cuts. It was a really nice process and I’m very happy to be sharing the release with Suren Seneviratne. My piece uses a sample of Anton Hunter from a Ripsaw Catfish gig last year, plus the sound of the floppy disk drive on my old 2002 laptop…
Head to the Fractal Meat Bandcamp to get your hands on a tape or DL!
A duo tape of improvisations by Sam Andreae and me has been released on the Aberdeen-based Sound Holes label. Daniel from Sound Holes approached me in the depths of 2020 asking if I’d like to put something out on the label, and Sam and I had been holding in-person sessions between lockdowns working on duo music. It seemed like a perfect fit! Miaow Argument is two strings of cut-up tabletop improvisations: I used a whole bunch of objects, parts of my drum kit and a plastic pipe with alto saxophone mouthpiece. It’s super nice to get into a whole different soundworld together, separate from but related to our usual two saxophones setup.
You can buy the tape from the Sound Holes website, and I’ll have some copies at upcoming gigs too.
Update: the digital tracks are now up on my Bandcamp site…
It’s out there! The cr-ow-tr-io album was released today on Luminous. I’m really pleased with how this has turned out. Available as a CD (with one-off hand-printed sleeves) and digital album…
Ahead of our performance at hcmf// next week, the first album from cr-ow-tr-io is available to pre-order from Luminous today! It’s a collection of short tracks carved out of long improvisations that Tullis, Otto and I recorded in 2019. You can read more about the trio and the album on the Luminous website – and pre-order the album as a CD and/or digital album over on the label Bandcamp site. You’ll also find three tracks streaming there, so have a listen…
For the CD sleeves I’m experimenting with stencilling and a set of neon paints to create a few different colour options. Each sleeve has its own unique variation of the design and I’ll select one randomly when you order. Pre-ordered CDs will arrive in time for release day on 10th December.
I haven’t been blogging much recently – apologies – but I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work with not much to show for it yet! Some of this has been working with Dee on the label, and we’ve got some nice plans for the rest of this year. It feels good putting some more energy into Luminous, and one thing that I *can* point to now is that we’re setting up a new mailing list for the label. This will be a dedicated email list for updates on releases and any other label-related activity. So if you’re interested in hearing about what we’re up to, you can subscribe now using the shiny new form I just made. There will be a first email relatively soon announcing some exciting stuff….
Until the end of January there’s a discount code running on the Sloth Racket Bandcamp site. 20% off everything when you enter ‘sloths_indoors’ at the checkout…take a dive into the merch box!
A new Sloth Racket live album is released today on Luminous! Obviously 2020 hasn’t quite gone as we’d planned, and so instead of touring this year we are putting out this lovely recording from our 2019 tour.
It’s the full set from our gig at Arco Barco in Ramsgate, hosted by our friends Extra Normal Records. This was a really great night at a brilliant quirky seafront venue (accessed via a ladder!), where we shared the bill with Evan Parker playing a solo set. Anton Hunter was on recording duties and Alex Bonney has mixed it for this special live release.
The album is a digital-only release, our first one ever and mainly to keep costs down during these ‘times’. However, I had always planned to do new Sloth Racket shirts in 2020, and even with no tour I’ve gone ahead and got them made. There are three colours to choose from and a brand new scribbly logo design. The shirts are organic cotton, printed with eco-friendly inks by I Dress Myself in Frome. I’m really happy with how they came out – they are really soft and the print quality is excellent. The mockup image below shows the colours – head to the Bandcamp page for a size guide.
Hope you enjoy the music! I enjoyed listening through last year’s tour in the process of making it. Here’s to the slothtours of the future…