newest Tor Fm here for you to listen to, there’s a cut from the gig me and Sam did with Emmanuelle Parrenin and a weird and wild radio play direct from The Burselm – Vile Plumage production.
Sam Underwood of “doom-tuba” fame got me to record some trombone for his new album Belatedly out soon on Box Records. I’m on the track called “Sof’!
Have a listen and preorder here on the bandcamp:
Super happy to have this album out on the greatest label in the world: VHF! The release date is the 1st December but you can hear it in full here:
Cheers Bill for sorting out. Well happy:
The debut release by The Slowest Lift (Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley) presents a new chapter in the long-running tradition of radical English music duos. Originally formed via a commission from the Supernormal Festival, Cooper (an accomplished solo performer and collaborator) and Bradley (from frequent VHF delinquents Vibracathedral Orchestra) play a kind of gentle postindustrial psychedelia, with Cooper’s lovely vocals floating over a collage of live and electronic performances. The songs are a blend of straightforward performance and eccentric bricolage, with rude electronic interjections sitting comfortably alongside delicate guitar and keyboard melodies. Zoviet France-like low-fi atmospherics compete with Cooper’s voice for air on tracks like “Crystal Fracture” and “Hi From The Skyline Swim,” while the duo’s surprising cover of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” deep on side two sneaks in perfectly, a mini-pop music drama reimagined as pure hallucination.
I’ve done quite a bit of recording with United Bible Studies and it’s starting to come out on bits n bobs around now. Check out this video below of a new song:
I was in The Guardian chatting about Todmorden and the music scene here. Have a read if you’re interested:
There’s a new episode of Tor FM made for Camp Radio. Hear me hang out down the crypt, play some tunes, then an interview with the amazing Jorge Boehringer aka Core of the Coalman about composition and other interesting stuff he does.
Reminder – Come to see Emmanuelle Parrenin tomorrow night at the Golden Lion! Me and Sam McLoughlin (samandtheplants) are playing with her. I’m so excited 🙂
This Thursday! Please don’t miss this amazing and totally special gig we are putting on at The Golden Lion in Todmorden. Sam McLoughlin and I will be joining her on a few songs and doing some improvisation with her too. Emmanuelle Parrenin is a legend and we’re so lucky to have her in our town. See ya there x
Totally coincidently I have two releases out tomorrow on the 20th October.
One is a solo trombone / vocals album I recorded during my residency in Northern Ireland earlier this year at The Curfew Tower, Cushendall. I imaginatively called it ‘The Curfew Tower Recordings’. Cassette and download from West Yorkshire’s finest Crow vs Crow Records. Cheers Andy.
Second is a The Slowest Lift (me and Julian Bradley) track on the latest Front and Follow 10 years compilation. The track is called ‘I finished my drink, again’ – a common problem. Ta Justin and Helen.
Out this week via Halifax-based label/radio show/blog/etc Crow Versus Crow comes the latest tape release by Sophie Cooper. Made during a week-long stay at Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower in Cushendall, Northern Ireland, Cooper was sent over as part of a series curated by The Penthouse Gallery in Manchester. The result is is these mind busting cassette of improvised deep drones for trombone and voice. Exclusive first listen below:
A key player in the thriving music scene in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, Sophie Cooper has released several stellar albums of solo folk-drones and collaborated with the likes of Vibracathedral Orchestra’s Julian Bradley, French oddball pianist Delphine Dora, primordial flutist Kelly-Jayne Jones, and several more.
The Curfew Tower Recordings is the most thorough document yet of Cooper’s trombone playing, which she seems to have been getting into more of late since starting up her Dial-a-Bone service. At set times and dates, the…
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