Saturday, 29 August 2009

After Wednesday

My good friend Brian Lavelle is to release a recent project of mine called 'After Wednesday' on his excellent dust-unsettled label. Brian writes:

"This new release from Andrew Paine will surprise those who've heard his other releases - either as a solo artist, or recording together with Richard Youngs, Alistair Crosbie and others.

'After Wednesday' is a single composition, a contemplative, yet haunting, soundscape, composed only from several layers of minimalistic piano and subtle, processed field recordings. Recorded in Glasgow and on Holy Isle, it represents a turning point, a looking-outwards-and-onwards, and not just in musical terms. A very personal release, stunning in its simplicity."

One track.
Running time: 26:49

Catalogue number: DU05.
Release date: September 2009 (TBC).
Limitation: 100 copies.
Photography by Andrew Paine Design by Brian Lavelle. Professionally duplicated colour print disc, packaged in a printed 4 panel colour and black and white booklet, inside a plastic outer sleeve.

You can find more details, and a 4 minute excerpt of the piece, here:

You can also pre-order the disc here:

Copies will be available in a week or two and pre-orders will be sent out before the official release date.

It's just £5.00 in the UK; £6.00 elsewhere, including postage. Payment is by PayPal and you can send payment to rather than go through the website, if you prefer. Contact Brian if you're interested in taking a few copies for distribution at trade rates.

Monday, 17 August 2009

New Releases

‘Learning to Draw’ - Alistair Crosbie (SOR28)

A fantastic 17 track song based album from Alistair Crosbie:

"I have always written songs but it didn't really occur to me to make an album of them until earlier this year - sent home from work due to a heavy snowfall (which was causing intermittent power shortages), I blew the distinctly non-metaphorical dust from my acoustic guitar and wrote "Count Your Quiet Homes".

Over the next week or so, this and a further 4 songs were recorded, two newly written and two from the pile I had accumulated. I mentioned this in passing to Andrew Paine and he expressed an interest in hearing the results.

So, over the following three or four months, "Learning To Draw" was created with my usual succession of rejects, re-recordings, re-workings, remixes, remasters and the like - the change in musical format certainly didn't change my recording habits...There are 17 songs and they pass in a little under 39 minutes.

In a way, this is the most experimental album I've made."

‘Learning to Draw’ is available from Monday 24 August 2009

‘Each to Each… Exclaims’ - AP / AP (SOR27)

I came across the artist and musician, Andrew Paine, on my space in 2008: a serendipitous encounter which led to an emailed conversation and the offer to collaborate on a musical project.

The idea seemed so… naughty, that I couldn’t really resist it and over the last 12 months or so, we have traded pieces of music and processed accordingly.

Earlier this year, Andrew sent over a CD of remixes and edits to evaluate, including what he referred to as a ‘horrendous guitar noise’. Well… I was intrigued.

The ‘guitar noise’ was anything but horrendous: blasting it out through my headphones, I was instantly smitten by its energy, verve and freshness. I decided to put the other material we had completed to one side and began working on producing something which might frame this torrent of six stringed fizz and feedback.

‘Each to Each… Exclaims’ is the result: it’s not pretty and it’s not particularly clever. It’s heavy and I might argue, one of the more cohesive pieces I’ve completed. Think ‘Mekonium Reaktor’ with band.

Brian Lavelle calls it ‘ferocious and psychedelic’. Brian Lavelle is a very wise man.

‘Each to Each… Exclaims’ is unleashed upon this world on 24th August.

Tracks from 'Learning to Draw' and 'Each to Each... Exclaims' can be heard at


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