‘Love of Too Much Living – Remakes’ – Released Today!

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I’m so pleased to say that today the ‘Love of Too Much Living – Remakes’ is finally out! It is available to download now, and to buy a very limited number of hand made beautiful CDs – I’ve made, with a ‘remade’ design by Ollie Hammick.

I can’t thank all the artists involved enough. Huge love to Emilia Martensson and her band, the amazing Hot Feet, Zac Gvi, Wallis Bird, Sam Brookes, Kate Stables and Jesse Vernon of This Is The Kit, FaceOmeter, Alabaster Deplume, Rozi Plain, Shama Rahman, Barnaby Keen and Greg Sanders, Max and Anouk of RAN and Ellie Rose Rusbridge and Tom Varell.

All proceeds from the sale of the record go to the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) who campaign to prevent male suicide. They’re amazing. Follow their work here.

Last night’s Stroud launch party was amazing. Huge thanks to Hot Feet for putting the gig on and for playing brilliantly, it was pretty nerve racking playing ‘No One’s Fault’ with them! Wonderful to hear Leonie Evans play again as well and to follow the progress of her collaboration record she is currently making.

Can’t wait for tonight’s big London launch at ‘The Shed’ at Kansas Smitty’s Bar in Broadway Market. There are so many special guests i don’t honestly know how we’re going to fit on the stage, but the love will be over flowing. There are a very, very small handful of tickets left so get them quick. Tickets available here.

Onwards! Love!

J x

Remakes Preview no.8 – ‘Different Paths’ by Rozi Plain

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Today’s Remakes preview is ‘Different Paths’ remade by the throughly awesome Rozi Plain at home in London, she sampled the drums from ‘Monopolise Me’ by the Ogyatanaa Show Band:

You know when you meet someone and you just have that feeling that you’re going to be pals? It’s like we all have this inner wave-length detector that spends most of its time jumping all over the place as we navigate the trials and tribulations of our ever-moving lives, but that sometimes, in the midst of the crowd, zeros in on someone who sees the glass as full, as oddly shaped and as full of life as you do.

I knew of Rozi before we met. We both lived in Bristol and she would make cool little videos and play ace DIY shows around the city just as I was starting to get it all together. It wasn’t until I moved to London a few years later through Kate of This Is The Kit (Kate and Rozi are OLD pals and Rozi plays bass for TITK – see my earlier posts about musical communities/families..) that we met. That wave-length detector calmed all of a sudden and I had that sense that we were going to get on famously, and to my great joy, so it has proved.

Rozi’s music is all about the sound. A lot of musicians spend there lives searching for their own and never find it, but what Rozi has is very special – and you can recognise it from the first bar. Her songs are hard to catagorise – elliptical, unusual, always grooving and a with lightness of touch that nestles a song in your brain – that at first you just really dig it’s feel, but as it keeps running around your head, impossible to ignore, slowly unwinds present something you didn’t expect, an odd lyric that just captures something, a change your didn’t notice at first, until you realise what a strange and wonderful creature this song is. It is a rare gift to make something so light to pick up but so strong to hold.

In talking so much about pals and friendship, it makes sense that Rozi should choose ‘Different Paths’ to remake and in her hands it becomes something i could never have imagined – and you can even dance in your kitchen to it!

You can check out Rozi’s great new album ‘Friend’ out on Lost Map records and see all the great things she’s up to at her website www.roziplain.co.uk

Remakes Preview no.7 – ’29 Years Old’ by FaceOmeter

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Today’s Remakes Preview no.7  is ’28 Year’s Old’ which has become ’29 Year’s Old’ by one of my oldest friends, FaceOmeter. He recorded a little introduction to it here:

You can hear his wonderful version here:

When describing the ‘Remakes’ project to people, I’ve spoken a lot about the musical community I am lucky enough to be a part of, how it has supported and sustained me, and how when it matters most – in the perceived face of the worlds indifference – it has picked me up, dusted me down and sent me right back out there. Right there in the middle, in the nucleus’s nucleus (i’m being artistic science fans, no letters please) is Will Tattersdill aka FaceOmeter – one of my oldest musical pals.

A song-writer of 2 excellent albums, numerous EPs and collaborations, as well as supremely talented lecture in English at Birmingham University, FaceOmeter is a man capable of extraordinary linguistic feats and bottomless kindness. The most talented wordsmith I know, his songs manage to pierce the skin of a situation with a light-footed humour that belies the emotional weight underneath. We started writing songs together at school and have been constant musical companions ever since, travelling up and down the country and championing each others music wherever we can. As an acapella song ’28 Years Old’ is both the sparsest as well as one of the most obviously personal songs on ‘Love Of Too Much Living’ and so it felt right somehow that Will should take it and make it his own – his version is called ’29 Years Old’.

I am delighted to say that I will be joining FaceOmeter tomorrow night, 7 December, for the launch of a new live music night he is running in Birmingham called ‘Hatstand’ at the Kitchen Garden Cafe.

FaceOmeter’s new album ‘Why Wait For Failure’ is out now and available at his website, along with his amazing blog and video updates www.faceometer.tk

 

 

Remakes Preview No.6 – ‘Stitches’ by This Is The Kit

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Today’s Remakes Preview is ‘Stitches’ remade by one of my very, very favourite musicians, This Is The Kit at home in Paris.

Kate Stables is one of my favourite people. Forget about being one of my all time favourite song-writers and singers, that’s so much a given, but one of the very best people. Her songs, which she plays and writes under the name This Is The Kit together with the amazing Jesse Vernon and band, have been an intimately important part of my life since I first heard them at the Slaughtered Lamb in Farringdon about 8 years ago. We were on the same bill and when Kate started singing, cosmic pieces of the great puzzle starting falling into place. Her first album, Krulle Bol has been a constant companion ever since. When releasing their second album, Wriggle Out The Restless, Kate asked me if I wanted to do a cover of one of the tracks for a little covers record. Together with Son et Lumiere and an old typewriter, I remade ‘Spinney’ which you listen to hear, but I thought it was a wonderful idea and it stayed in the back of my mind until I was about to release Love of Too Much Living when it came to me that if would be a wonderful idea to try and do something similar. So, in many ways, the Remakes project, owes a lot to Kate’s idea. But more than that, it means so much to me that Kate and Jesse are involved in this and their version of ‘Stitches’ is fascinating for being so different to the original but so amazing in its own right. As a songwriter, and an independent musican, Kate, Jesse and everthing and everyone that is This Is The Kit, has been a huge inspiration, and themselves, great friends over the years. – Don’t let the fire go out, let it burn. x 

You can check out all of This Is The Kit’s music and see their upcoming gigs here:
http://thisisthekit.co.uk/music/

 

Remakes Preview No.5 – ‘Stiches’ remade by Sam Brookes

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Today’s Remakes Preview is ‘Stitches’ remade by the honeyed voice of Sam Brookes,recorded
by Phil Wood at his studio in Barnes.

I’m not a religious person so I don’t believe that people can be ‘blessed’ but if you take the meaning in a secular sense, then Sam has been blessed with one of the most incredible voices you will hear. I have been very lucky to have sung a lot with Sam over the last 4-5 years as part of the sea shanty, harmony trio, The Ballina Whalers. Its a curious and personal process learning to blend with someone else’s voice and partly through that, together with many long days and nights spent touring and playing and the fact he is as lovely as he is talented, means that it is I who feels blessed that he agreed to be apart of the Remakes project. As anyone who has heard me perform ‘Stitches’ live will know, it is a song that I had to write and need to play, but one day I will be able to stop playing it and that will be an important thing. Sam’s version gives it a different life, a more muscular different feel somehow and a power all his own.

To check out Sam’s own music, his most recent album Kairos is out now, go to his website here:
www.sambrookes.com

Remakes Preview No.4 – ‘Air At The Top’ remade by Wallis Bird

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Today’s remake preview no.4 is the inimitable Wallis Bird’s wonderful version of ‘Air At The Top’Air At The Top’ remade at Wallis’s home in Berlin.

Wallis and I became pen pals long before we met. We started exchanging demos and songs, and over a few years a friendship grew. We have only met once, but it was like meeting an old and trusted friend. I watched transfixed as she performed a rare solo set in London to a rapt audience who sang along to every word. When she performed an encore, unplugged and standing in the middle of the crowd, I remember thinking, this is how you change peoples lives. To anyone who has heard Wallis’s music, you will know that singular voice and what a amazingly powerful and optimistic energy she brings to everything she does. It was so touched when Wallis said she wanted to be a part of the Remakes project and her version of ‘Air At The Top’ is very special indeed – not just because she has taken it off the piano an onto the guitar, but because she finds in it, something I could never have found myself. And isn’t the whole point?

‘I believe that we could be better,
I believe that we could be friends,
I believe we should keep on believing
That the story’s not over till it ends
I believe that eventually we’ll succeed
In being what we could be, and not what we are’

You can find out more about Wallis’s fantastic music, her latest album ‘Seven Years of Wallis Bird 2007 – 2014’ is out now, at her website:
www.wallisbird.com

Remakes Preview No.3 – ‘No One’s Fault’ remade by Zac Gvi

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Today’s ‘Remakes’ preview is the fantastic Zac Gvi’s instrumental interpretation of the ‘No One’s Fault’ recorded by Zac at Wellgarth Studios in London.

I first Zac in Italy. It was a very hot summer and we bought litres of cheap wine and went busking at night in the squares of Puglia. It was a pretty magical time until one night, in front of about 200 curious italians, I smashed my front teeth on the hard cobble stones, the product of a flip gone wrong. As I sat on the floor, tongue chasing my mouths new contours, Zac was on his knees looking for the bits of tooth. Like a true champ, he found them and together with the rest of our troupe we stayed for another few days, before heading our separate ways. A few weeks later, back home, I had a dream that I was dying in the back of ambulance. I distinctly remember feeling very relaxed, in true hollywood style, started heading towards some kind of light until i heard a voice calling me name. It took me a while to realise it was Zac’s. But i followed it, and then after a short while, i saw his face, very calm and talking me back. Thats all I remember, but I when I woke up I had a strong feeling that Zac would become an important force in my life – and so, to my very great fortune, it has proved.

Zac is a force of nature. A true multi-instrumentalist, composer and polymath, his musical interests are fearless and determined and he is a constant inspiration. I’m delighted he will be joining me for the Remakes Launch on the 10th December. You can find out more about the many projects he is involved in and what he’s up to here:

www.zacgvi.com

Remakes Preview 2. ‘No One’s Fault’ remade by Hot Feet

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Today’s ‘Remakes’ preview is the fantastic Hot Feet’s interpretation of the ‘No One’s Fault’ recorded by the band themselves in Rob’s Garage, Woodchester, Stroud.

Photo by Martha Webb

Not just a truly amazing band but some of the best people you can imagine, we’ve shared tour vans, stages, sheds, houses, tents, jams and long nights at the Albert. Based in Stroud, they have a unique sound centred around Marianne Parish’s incredible voice which emerges from an almost impossibly telepathic dream team rhythm section of Jack Page on guitar, Rob Pemberton on drums and piano and Lachlan McLellan on bass. Over the course of two EPs they have weaved a woozy, mesmerising sound (something akin to a trance) that can suddenly explode into colour when you least expect it. They are currently recording their debut album which is very, very high up the list of things i am excited about for next year!

I’m over the moon that Hot Feet and I will be playing together in Stroud at the SVA Goods Shed on the 9th December before journeying back to London together to play at the London launch on the 10th December at Kansas Smitty’s Bar.

Find out more about Hot Feet at www.hotfeetmusic.com

Remakes Preview 1. ‘Harvest Moon’ Emilia Martensson remake

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In anticipation of the release of ‘Love of Too Much Living – Remakes’, I’m going to be previewing a ‘remake’ a day from today until the release on 7 December.

So it gives me huge pleasure to share the first ‘remake’ – Emilia Martensson’s beautiful interpretation of ‘Harvest Moon’. It was the first to be ‘remade’ and helped give me the idea to make the rest of the record.

The world had just turned upside down and I suddenly back staying on my parents floor. I’d just written this this song a few nights before, when Emilia came over. As soon as I’d played it, she stopped, told me to play it again and then asked if she could sing it on her new album, which she was just about to record. No one had ever asked to cover a song of mine, let alone a singer as wonderful as Emilia so when I heard the first mix of her version, I had no idea what to expect. By the end of track, I was in tears, both because it was the first time I’d really heard the song – been able to understand it, rather than just perform it, and because of what they had made out of it.

Emilia remade ‘Harvest Moon’ at the ‘Fish Factory’ in London with Barry Green on piano, Adriano Adewale on percussion and Sam Lasserson on bass. String arrangement by Rory Simmons. It appeared first on the Emilia’s album ‘Ana’ released on the Babel label, 2014.

I’m very happy to say that Emilia will be joining me at the London launch of the record on the 10 December at ‘The Shed’ at Kansas Smitty’s. Tickets available here.

www.emiliamartensson.com

‘Love of Too Much Too Much Living – Remakes’ is out on 7 December and available to pre-order here – all proceeds go the to Campaign Against Living Miserable (CALM).

 

 

‘Love of Too Much Living – Remakes’ out 7 December

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Pals! I have made an unusual album – ‘Love of Too Much Living – Remakes’ and it is out on the 7th December 2015.

I say I have made it, but really it’s been a team effort – and what a team! One of the great joys of doing what I do is the inspiration and love I draw from the other musicians around me. We’re like a family, we don’t all agree all of the time, but we’re there for each other when it matters, and the respect for what we each do, however different, runs deep.

For the past three years, I’ve spent most of my time playing alone, and the last album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ was very consciously a record I wanted to, needed to, make on my own. But once it came out, and having played these songs hundreds of times over the last year, I started to hear the relationships implicit in this music and the musicians around me. I am delighted to say that the product of this exploration is a record of ‘reinterpretations and reimaginings’ of my songs from ‘Love of Too Much Living’ by some of the members of this diverse musical family of which I am lucky enough to be a part.

It has been a revealing, emotional and at times overwhelming experience to hear my songs remade in such different ways, by people whose own music is a constant inspiration to me. I can’t thank all the artists involved enough.

I see this record is an act of love, a demonstration of the communities we build around us, what they mean and why they’re important. As such all proceeds from the sale of the record will go to a charity that’s very close to my heart – the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Check out their work.

I have made 150 very special, hand-made hard copy CD of the album and this together with the digital version, is available to pre-order here:https://themagiclantern.bandcamp.com/…/love-of-too-much-liv…

The record is officially out on the 7th December and I’ll be previewing a ‘remake’ a day on my website, bandcamp and facebook page from next tuesday 24th November until the release on the 7th December. I will be playing a few shows to support its launch around the country with some of the artists involved in the album. The launch party is on the 10th December at ‘The Shed’ at Kansas Smitty’s Bar in London – it is very small and the gig will especially intimate so please, please get a ticket in advance if you want to come! Tickets for the launch are available here:https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/the-shed-with-magic-lantern

Thank you as ever for your support, and hope to see you all at a gig somewhere, soon!

Upcoming gigs:

03/12 – The Crypt, London – Phaedra Ensemble/Magic Lantern debut
07/12 – ‘Hatstand’ at Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham w/FaceOmeter
09/12 – SVA Goods Shed, Stroud w/Hot Feet
10/12 – ‘The Shed’ at Kansas Smitty’s, London – REMAKES ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY w/special guests Emilia Martensson, Hot Feet, Zac Gvi and more
17/12 – The Lighthouse, Deal