Saturday, 30 October 2010
Today's edition of the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine features a four page interview and photo-feature with my fellow Cyclobe member Ossian Brown, about his new book Haunted Air (published by Jonathan Cape, £25). It's a fantastic collection of found photographs depicting Halloween celebrations from 1875-1950, and I can't recommend it enough. Ossian's collection has taken 10 years to amass, and it's a treasure-trove of weird, macabre and surreal images, full of bizarrely masked children and bewilderingly ominous groups of adults, many from the poorer regions of the Southern States. The introduction is by David Lynch, and there's an excellent afterword by Geoff Cox-Dorée (who also provided text and calligraphy for our new LP Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window). The book is available online through Jonathan Cape and the usual book retailers. The Financial Times website also features the article along with eighteen photographs. There's also an excellent review of the book here.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
“Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window”, the third album by my group Cyclobe, is available now from our website. It's been five years in the making, and Ossian and I are very proud of it indeed. The initial release is vinyl-only, with a CD to follow before Chrixxxmas. It can be obtained for £16.00 from us, in white vinyl, and for a limited time only includes a third insert featuring a prose accompaniment to the music by Geoff Cox-Dorée. Two more inserts, available with all copies of the record, feature photographic works by Alex Rose and a photo portrait of Cyclobe by Ruth Bayer. An excellent and highly positive review of the album has been posted by Anthony D'Amico at the long-established music and alternative arts website Brainwashed.
The cover image, as seen above, is an artwork by one of our all-time favourite artists, Fred Tomaselli, who very kindly gave his permission for this picture to be used on the Wounded Galaxies cover. He currently has an exhibition taking place at New York's Brooklyn Museum, which features many of his stunning, hallucinatory and brilliantly original multi-media creations.
We've been privileged to work with several of our close friends and favourite musicians on this record. Thighpaulsandra, whose inventiveness and compositional prowess in Coil is frequently underestimated, plays piano on the track ‘Sleeper’ - Michael J. York contributes gorgeous keening textures on traditional woodwind instrument the duduk, while Cliff Stapleton's mesmeric and beautiful hurdy-gurdy is a prominent feature on several tracks. We're also thrilled to work with our friend John Contreras, who plays cello (not always recognisably!) on the longest composition, ‘The Woods Are Alive With the Smell of His Coming’.