Harbor

I’ve got a new album called Harbor coming out on CD and LP on the French Label Laaps. This is a label run by the folks who do IIKKI which released mine and Marcus Fischer’s Lowlands album. You can order it here:

HARBOR

Conversations Late at Night

I had a lovely talk for a podcast called Converstations Late at Night about Japan, my music and the importance of community. you can check it out here:

CONVERSATIONS LATE AT NIGHT

Collaboration with Fennesz

Christian Fennesz and I have collaborated on a song called “Guru,” utilizing the poem of the same name for the second volume of ‘Allen Ginsberg’s The Fall of America’.

This exciting tribute celebrates the 50th Anniversary of beloved poet Allen Ginsberg’s “The Fall of America: Poems of these States”, 1965-1971. In the fall of 2020 with the 50th anniversary of those poems fast approaching the curators of this release reached out to many of Allen’s musician and artist friends. Many responded enthusiastically about interpreting these poems to music; even those poems that presented more of a musical challenge. All proceeds will be donated to HeadCount.org, an organisation which promotes voter registration and participation in democracy through the power of music.

The first volume, featuring Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo, Angélique Kidjo, Devendra Banhart, Yo La Tengo and more is available from allenginsberg.bandcamp.com

Our track will appear on Volume Two this fall alongside a humbling cast of artists including Miho Hatori, Steve Hillage, Meat Beat Manifesto, Ai WeiWei, William Basinski, Philip Glass, and more.

Mur

March 26th saw a new release from me, titled Mur, the first solo full-length since my last, Fallen, in 2018. This release comes on the wonderful Dauw label out of Belgium.

Objects I’ve Been Given – a creative series for 2020

AVAILABLE ON BANDCAMP

Objects I’ve Been Given is a monthly creative project I’ve embarked on for the year of 2020. The project is based around small sound-making objects given to me over the years by friends and family, maybe for a birthday, or as a gift when visiting their country, and in some ways is a return to the more experimental work of mine from the early 2000s. The objects range from a tiny brass bell, to a handmade sculpture to an antique wooden zither,  from the simple to the ornate. To me they are much more than simple gifts or noise makers, they hold stories and memories and have been cherished over the years.

During each month of 2020 I will create a piece of quiet, longform music with one or two of the objects and, for the sake of purity, will use the barest minimum of recording equipment and a set of self-imposed limitations in the studio. The idea is to explore not just the sounds these objects are designed to make but to also highlight their surfaces and materials. My hope is that you hear the material of each object as they are struck, bowed, or scratched as I try to utilize the entirety of their form, musical or not. Experimental in nature, I will not set out to create grand pieces of ambient composition but rather small, personal sonic odes to these humble forms.

At the conclusion of the 12th piece I will write again reflecting back on the entirety of the project and how I felt the objects influenced the process.

This project is a thank you to those who have given me these special gifts and is dedicated to my friend and fellow artist Steve Roden. Steve’s amazing early recordings with non-musical objects have been a huge inspiration to me over the years. The trajectory of my entire musical career wouldn’t be the same without his work.