Saturday, 25 April 2015

Introducing 'Go Bellatrix'

I have had the great honour of working with a truly talented photographer both for the EP artwork and for the upcoming album artwork.  Sarah Burrows and I actually went to primary school together, but we haven't seen each other since we were 11 years old.  On meeting her again I was fascinated to find she had just completed a photography course and was looking for opportunities and direction for this.

Role on an evening walking through Ipswich while she found interesting and unusual ways of photographing me for the album.  Sarah was wonderful to work with because at no point did I feel either pressured or silly, meaning that she got some really natural shots that I love and just keep using.

The artwork for 'The Doll's House' EP was quite specific.  In my head it was blues and indigos with some kind of reference to the night sky.  The CD explores themes of 'hidden' and 'secret' and this needed to be expressed in the artwork, but I had no idea how.  Sarah solved this.  We already had some 8mm film footage of my playing guitar in the garden at the studio.  Sarah projected this onto a wall in its negative form and took photographs of the moving images.  The results were just what I wanted but couldn't describe and are now proudly shown on the EP sleeve.

You can see more of Sarah Burrows work at https://instagram.com/gobellatrix/

This is the EP picture that I love!




Wednesday, 22 April 2015

'The Doll's House' EP Release

Today is the day! Here is the new EP ready for download from bandcamp.  If you signed up to the mailing list and were chosen, then a free download is making its way to you as we speak.  If not, you can have a listen below and the tracks are available on bandcamp.  
Happy listening.




Sunday, 19 April 2015

Count Down: 48 Hours!

Just two more days and the free downloads of the new EP 'The Doll's House' will be wheeling their way through cyber space.  There's still time to sign up to the mailing list and be in with a chance to win.

It has been a very busy few weeks of recording, mixing mastering and then choreographing, dancing and filming.  I look forward to sharing the new video with you, for now, here's a pic of myself and Liina Turtonen dancing for the new video.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Emily you're hiding ...

So... why 31?
I have been reading the poetry of Emily Dickinson lately and have become fascinated by the few facts known about her.  She wore white lace gowns throughout the year, rarely left the house unless to use her brother's piano next door, opened envelopes out fully before reading the letter inside.

There is only one photograph in existence of her, because she was photographed once, hated both the picture and the process and refused ever to be photographed again.  Emily Dickenson was published after her lifetime, but at the age of 31 she sent some of her writings to a man who had written an editorial she liked.  What followed was a committed correspondence between the two, discussing poetry, publishing and whether Emily Dickenson's writings merited either the label or the platform.

It is believed that Emily Dickenson did not want to be published.  She valued closed doors and speaking through key holes.  She is a mystery, partly due to the amount of writings that provide a smoke-screen to her actual being.  She is hidden by her worlds.


The new EP, due to be released very shortly, has 3 songs on it.  The second song is called 'Emily' and was written in search of Emily Dickenson.  I came back to Suffolk on Easter weekend and Steve Mann of Backwater Records worked diligently to capture the essence of the song.  I had the honour of working with Hattie Bennett (below), a wonderful cellist from Felixstowe who layered luscious cello on the track.  I look forward to sharing the music with you and to revealing another surprise that I have up my sleeve!  Counting down 1 week to the EP release...

Hattie Bennett - Cello