Monday, 22 September 2014

Etymology - Tracklisting and Pre Order Information, and bonus tracks.

My upcoming collaborative album with Jon Durant, Eytmology is now up for pre-order on burning shed here or via Jon Durant's own website here.

Release/Shipping date will be October 20th (21st in the USA)

Also available at all the usual outlets of course:  iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon etc

As a small incentive for those who might like to support us directly as individuals, the first 200 copies shipped through Jon Durant's webshop or Burning Shed will come with a download code which gives access to "Etymology Bonus", in the form of five other tunes:

1) Charlatan - Burnt Belief (Bonus track from the Etymology sessions, featuring Vinny Sabatino on Drums)
2) Plural -  a new version of a tune I contributed to the Mick Karn benefit compilation album "A Show of Love Respect and Grace" back in 2010.
3) Behind Stone Walls - Jon Durant (from his album "Brief Light" features Vinny Sabatino on percussion and Tony Levin on Stick)
4) Tears Trickle Down - Jon Durant (from "Silent Extinction Beyond the Zero" feat. Tony Levin on electric upright Bass)
5) Clock Dismay - a previously unreleased track of mine.

Full track listing and timings for the album are below:

1 Chromatique - 7.12
2 Dissemble - 4.36
3 Precis - 5.13
4 Hraunfossar - 6.39
5 Convergence - 5.22
6 Rivulet - 7.06
7 White Keys - 6.02.
8 Not Indifferent - 11.40
9 Hover - 5.22
10 Chimera - 6.37
11 Squall - 6.01

…..and the official press release can be found here.

My thanks go out to our guests, drummers Vinny Sabatino, Dean McCormick and Jose DuQue and violinist Steve Bingham, also Randy Roos at Squam Sound in New Hampshire for mixing and mastering.

We'll also be previewing a couple of full length tracks very soon….


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Twinscapes Live in London at the Vortex October 4th

Twinscapes will be appearing at the Vortex in London on October the 4th.
This performance is part of the Match and Fuse Festival, please see the Match and Fuse website for more info, there's a whole host of great bands from all over Europe.
Tickets are available on this link.
Drummer Roberto Gualdi, who appeared in the album will be joining myself and Lorenzo Feliciati to expand the line up to a trio, and this is the first in a series of dates we'll be doing in the UK and Italy over this coming autumn.

More info soon….



Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Obake Press Release and Touring in December

I'll be touring in Europe with Obake in December, dates confirmed so far can be found here  and more will be added in due course. You can also track the dates as they come in by following the link below:

Official Press Release:

"M" is the latest track to be released from Obake's upcoming second album, Mutations, which will be released via Rare Noise Records this October. Like a number of the new album tracks, it begins with a familiar sound, a thick, sludge- like groove recalling numerous titans of the Southern Rock scene, however it soon breaks down all conventions with a game-changing unsettling vocal interlude which segues into mind-boggling progressive rock, replete with minor chords and epic crescendos. It is songs like this that go a long way to show how Obake take their influences and create something that is uniquely their own.

Obake are Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (vocals, piano, electronics), Eraldo Bernocchi (guitar, electronics), Balazs Pandi (drums) and Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree - bass). This second album arrives at the place where the energies of metal fuse with ambient electronica, jazz, and noise with the precision of math-rock and the groove of blues. Obake's sound harks back to the dawn of hard-rock, drawing upon a variety of influences from Sunn 0))), Popul Vuh, Ashra Tempel as much as Slayer, Tool, Melvins and Coil. Obake are made all the more distinctive by the fluid lyrical delivery and musings of a commanding operatic voice.

Imposing in its darkness, encompassing in its beauty and ever powerful, Obake have lost none of their might since the release of their debut, if anything, they are more captivating now than ever before.

Mutations was recorded by Daniel Sandor at Metropol Studio in Budapest, produced and mixed by Eraldo Bernocchi and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari at The Place in Tuscany and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studio - NYC. 

Lastly, for a flavour of the upcoming album "Mutations" due in October,  here's "M":

Monday, 8 September 2014

Holga Split Camera

I experimented a little with a Holga split camera on a recent trip to Berlin:


                                                 Mausoleum and Statues Charlottenburg

Monday, 18 August 2014

Interview with Indian Music Mug

To read a recent interview with myself talking to Indian Music Mug, a website from India, please click here



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Etymology Preview

See below, a short youtube preview trailer for Etymlogy, which is  the forthcoming album from Burnt Belief, i.e. myself and guitarist Jon Durant.

This is the third album I have worked on with Jon, (...not including his marvellous work on Astarta/Edwin, which is yet to see the light of day). To me, the new album is a big development of our earlier sound and I really feel we have improved our past work and also brought out the best in each other, which is really what I hope for in any collaboration.

Jon and I decided to move on from the previous combinations of either electronics plus live percussion, or just percussion, in order to have a more full on (….and perhaps more overtly "rock") sound with the addition of drums, so joining us across the course of the album's 11 tracks are three very different drummers; firstly an old friend of mine in the shape of Dean McCormick, secondly Vinny Sabatino, who also drummed on some of Jon's previous solo material (well worth hearing!) and lastly a very sensitive performance from Jose Duque on "Rivulet" perhaps the album's most delicate tune.

We were searching also for an additional soloist to join us and found a truly great "voice" in the shape of violinist Steve Bingham who added just the right levels of sophistication and atmosphere.

Hard to choose which slices to serve up as a taster, but hopefully the trailer below shows the breadth of sounds and moods across the album….due October 21st, pre-order now at burning shed by clicking here

Bye for now,


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