News update

Musically, things are starting to kick off.  First up is the great news that Graveyard Tapes, the project I have been working on for the past 2 years with my friend Matthew Collings will be releasing our debut album ‘Our Sound is Our Wound’ through the lovely folks at Lost Tribe Sound in early 2013.  We are delighted to have been offered the chance to add our name to their brilliant roster and look forward to the album finally being released.  It’s a slow process creating a record and then finding a label to release that record can be even slower, so we feel pretty lucky to have found a label who have been so enthusiastic about the record and what we do.  For those who have never sampled our music you can find an early version of one of the album tracks here.

Under my guise as glacis I am super busy.  I have just finished an animation piece for the artist Jamie Mills.  Entitled entitled ‘Tohu Va Vohu’, the animation explores the idea that the world is made up of chaotic, cyclical patterns and structures and the kind of effects that can be had if human beings forget that they are made from the same formations.  Two distinct pieces have been produced to accompany the animation to engage the viewer and gauge how the experience of the animation changes as the music does.  There are 2 pieces specifically written for the animation itself and then another 2 to tie the thing together as a small ep.  The whole thing DVD/CD/Booklet will be released on mini50 at some point, probably 2013.

I have also begun work on a collaboration with Ed Hamilton which we are hoping will be released on Hibernate, as part of their collaboration postcard series, sometime this year.  So far this has been an awesome experience.  Ed is an extremely talented sound artist and our styles and approaches seem to work very well together.

2 glacis albums are also under way.  One is titled ‘As Long as Water Flows’ and is specifically for a record label who requested it.  The other is something I’ve been working on for a wee while and will feature new pieces as well as some older pieces.  It will be the first full length glacis record and will hopefully be out sometime next year.

Then there is The Kays Lavelle.  Work on the second album is ongoing and is a process.  I have no real timescales for this one.  Just putting tracks together as and when I can and so far so good really.  Hopefully be finished by early 2013 but then securing  a release and all the work involved in that may mean it doesn’t see the light of day until mid to late 2013/early 2014.  We shall see I suppose.

And then there is mini50.  We are delighted to announce the release of Hiva Oa’s debut album ‘The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss’ on 7 September 2012.  This record is going to be released in a very special format and there will be a limited run of the debut EP made, in postcard format, for the lucky people who pre-order the record quickly enough.  The album really is stunning and we are excited to continue our relationship with the band after the success of ‘Future Nostalgia for sale’.  An album launch night will follow the release of the record.  This is pencilled in for 22 September but do keep an eye out for more details either here or here.

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GlasGOwest interview

Well, here’s a wee interview I did just last week for the lovely folk at glasGOwest.com who were very interested in the Kays track that was available for one day only last week via mini50 records bandcamp page.  Anyways, if you are intersted in the Kays then you might be keen to read the interview or even check out the blog i keep.  Enjoy.

The Kays Lavelle in 2012

So, for those of you who know about The Kays Lavelle, the band split in late 2010 having released our debut record ‘Be Still This Gentle Morning’.  After a long time away from writing music I have found focus again and will be releasing a number of records in 2012/2013.   And one of those will be the follow up record from The Kays Lavelle.  This record will be very much a solo effort using friends and colleagues to supplement the music I write and will not result in any live shows.

It really has developed from working on songs with Matt for the debut Graveyard Tapes record.  Sifting through the tunes we could use for that I discovered there was a real separation between the tunes that would work for GTapes and for The Kays.  And so, after rediscovering my passion for writing music there will be a new Kays record.  To be recorded throughout 2012 I would expect it to be ready to be released in early 2013.  Hopefully, for those of you who supported us in the Be Still Days, this will be good news.  Many of you will not care.  Just thought I’d put it out there.  It will probably be out on mini50 records unless somebody else shows an interest in what we’re doing.

Anyways, the Graveyard Tapes record should be completed in February with me and Matt taking a week or so to just focus on it and get it done.  Very excited by it.  Think it eclipses anything I’ve been involved in to date and is a nice departure from the Kays stuff.  So will be nice to have it done and see where it can take us.  Hopefully to only good places.  Though I have no expectations when it comes to my music anymore if I am honest.  I am just enjoying being part of really positive experiences in terms of the people I’ve got to work with through mini50, glacis, graveyard tapes and now the kays.  2012 should be fun music wise.

If anyone who doesn’t have Be Still This Gentle Morning is interested, we are currently giving away free copies to thos who email mini50records@hotmail.co.uk with their name and address.  So yeah, drop us a line if you would like a copy of the record (If you want a listen before hand just go to the mini50 bandcamp page).  We will post them out at the end of this month.  And it is a limited time period that we will be accepting requests so act soon.  Oh, and while stocks last we’ll through in a couple of badges with the record – if you’re lucky featuring the image above by the awesome Lizzy Stewart.

Oh, and if you want to keep tabs on the progress with the new Kays record you can do so by going HERE.

Kays Album Relaunch

Nothing massive about this other than to say that The Kays Lavelle’s debut record ‘Be Still This Gentle Morning’ will be re-released in March 2011.  Not really a re-release, or maybe it is.  I don’t know.  I’m calling it that simply because I’m going to be sending it to a world of new contacts I have made recently in the hope that it can help raise it’s profile and boost sales.  So yeah, you can now buy the album from the mini50 website as well as here and you can download it from bandcamp, itunes, emusic and other places too.

And there’s a new review of the record all the way from Oz.   If you are interested you can read it here.

All Homemade Things

So this week sees me appearing on Radio Magnetic as guest DJ on the We Sink Ships Radio Show.  Heidi and Neil have both become good friends of mine in the past years and I’ve worked with them on various projects prior to this too, which has always been nothing short of a pleasure.  They are both lovely people and have been very supportive of me in my various musical adventures.  Here they asked me if I’d be up for putting together a mix of music, about 45 minutes worth, for the show, as well as answering some questions about all the many projects that I seem to be involved in.  The music was the easy part.  I loved every second of putting together my mix and I hope everyone enjoys it.  It should certainly give people an insight into the world of the Kays and the music that inspires me most.    Hopefully it will be a nice relaxing mix for everyone on a Tuesday night.

Anyways, the chat itself turned out to be me just blethering for 10 minutes into a microphone/dictaphone type thing just behind Ashton Lane.  Heidi had planned to ask some questions but, for some reason, we decided it would be more fun if I just got left to my own devices.  There is pretty serious chat in there, but the seagulls and squirrels were a distraction.  So much so that on my return to Brel we managed to decide that squirrels actually have scorpion tails hidden under their furry exteriors and have razor blades that shoot out of their little hands.  Vicious creatures rather than the little cute things everyone feeds at the Botanics.  So yeah, next time you don’t feed a squirrel nuts or seeds at the Botanics, or wherever, be warned, they WILL kill you.  Anyways, do check out the show here.  And enjoy.  Full track listing for my mix was:

1. A Mirror Sitting by Anna Rose Carter; 2. Anyone’s Ghost by The National; 3.Spirit Ditch by Sparklehorse; 4. Lodge by Nest; 5. Somewhere Nearby by Nils Frahm; 6. For The Backroads by The Japanese War Effort; 7. One Day Without Harming You by Dakota Suite; 8. Void Lighting by Small Town Boredom; 9. All Homemade Things by The Scottish Enlightenment; 10. Gleypa Okkur by Olafur Arnalds; 11.  Take Off That Dress For Me by Micah P Hinson; 12. On Planet Off by The Notwist; and 13. Giant by Conquering Animal Sound.

Please check out all these amazing artists at your leisure and again….enjoy.

Buy Be Still This Gentle Morning NOW!!

Well it is official; The Kays Lavelle’s debut album ‘Be Still This Gentle Morning’ is now available to buy from the interweb HERE. It’s only £7 and we hope that you will support the band and buy the physical record.  Links to The Kays shop will be going up shortly on our bandcamp, myspace and facebook pages.  You should be able to buy the record direct from the Wiseblood site soon too.  In addition, you will also be able to download the record shortly from a variety of pages including bandcamp, itunes, napster, emusic and a few other online sources. The record is also available from indie record stores in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.  So yeah, whatever you like, please drop by and buy the record and support the Kays.  We greatly appreciate it.  For anyone who is interested, we have started a blog, which you can check out here.  If you can’t find the bigcartel page, there is also a link to it on the blog under the heading ‘BUY THE ALBUM’.  Please do.

And, you can read some really nice reviews of the record if you need some convincing at:

Love Shack Baby

Stereokill

Argos Barks

Enjoy.

Radar Feature.

I have to say a massive thank you to Billy Hamilton and the guys at Radar on the Scotsman website for this piece.  It was interesting for me to get inside my own head and songs and Billy introduces us in a truly humbling way.  So yes, please drop over here and have a wee gander and thanks again Billy.  Billy and Lis from Radar have been massively supportive of everything I do, whether it be the Kays, Trampoline or even mini50 and I truly appreciate that support.  Great blog.  Great writers.  Have a look.  Enjoy.

When All Is Quiet

Ever feel like you take on too much?  Like you never seem to have a moment to stop and think?  That things get missed because you’re doing a million things at once and trying to hold down a full time job!?  Welcome to my world, where things just never seem to pause and my brain is working at a million miles a minute to try and remember all the things I have on the go.  Obviously there’s The Kays Lavelle.  We have the album launch shows coming up on 7th and 8th May – you can buy tickets now from we got tickets and we’d be grateful if you did as it makes the whole thing so much less stressful knowing that people are coming.  Ask anyone who promotes shows, knowing that tickets are being sold is a weight of any promoters mind.  People always say “don’t worry, people will come and pay on the door on the night”.  Thing is, a big promoter would cancel a show or move the show to a smaller venue if tickets were not selling.  We don’t have that luxury.  Once it’s booked it’s booked.  So yes, please do come along to Stereo in Glasgow on 7th or Wee Red in Edinburgh on 8th.  And if you can, pre-order your ticket now.  The album itself will be officially released on 17th May on Wiseblood Industries.  Probably the week before as a digital release.  Not sure yet how that will work.  We’ll see.  I’m very excited but also very nervous about the shows as the volcano fucked with our order and I’m now anxiously awaiting confirmation that the cds will be shipped on time.  It looks positive at the moment, but fingers crossed that the volcano behaves between now and then!

Outside of The Kays, I have a number of music projects on the go.  My solo EP entitled ‘Memorials’ will be released at some point this year.  Still working on the tunes.  It’s a much simpler affair than the Kays and, dare I say, bleaker too!  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for some time though and I’m enjoying working alone.  I think it’s going to be 4 tracks, maybe a bonus 5th one and it will be released digitally on Too Many Fireworks later this year.  I am however planning on making about 100 copies on cd to sell at shows and to people who are really keen to have the physical product.  Most likely these will be hand made and numbered limited edition.

I have two more music projects on the go as well.  One is with Heidi of We Sink Ships.  She took four sets of pictures for me and I’ve been working on interpreting them through music.  It’s very hard work but I am getting there slowly.  I have one of the tunes finished, which I am very happy with.  It’s a bit out of my comfort zone because it’s instrumental and has no vocals but it’s a lot of fun just sitting and trying to make these ideas come together without a vocal melody.

The other project I have on the go is with Chantal from Sleepingdog.  We don’t have a name for the project as yet but we’re working on writing songs together.  I write some and e-mail them to her.  She writes some and e-mails them to me.  When she is over touring in June and we are hoping to get the tracks recorded properly then – we shall see.  It’s been a lot of fun so far.  I think the tracks we’ve sent each other are sounding very positive.  So keep an eye out for something later this year or early next.  I’m thinking it will be a mini50 release.  But I’m not sure as yet.  Just enjoying the process for now.

Trampoline is kind of winding down.  I just cannot afford to keep the nights going on a monthly basis, so I’ve decided to stop the monthly shows for now.  We still have Conquering Animal Sound, Dead Boy Robotics and Adam Stafford on 15th May and Sleepingdog and myself on 2nd June but other than that, and the Xmas all day event, there’s no plans for running shows.  I think from now on we will react to opportunities rather than run a monthly night, which was becoming stressful and more and more difficult to keep interesting.   It makes more sense to me that we run Trampoline in this way.  That’s the plans anyway.

mini50 wise, things are really just beginning.  We have ‘The Best of Trampoline Volume 1’ ready now – well nearly, Russell is still to give me his bloody song!  Mammoeth’s record entitled ‘Nascent’ is due for release in June/July and then Conquering Animal Sound’s record will be out in August/September.  There are a number of other potential artists I want to get involved with but I think I’m going to hold off and see how these 2 albums get on.  I personally think both artists are great and the albums are sounding fantastic.  Keep and eye out at the mini50 page for more news.

The Smith/Chesnutt/Linkous tribute is coming together now.  We’re got 7 or 8 submissions and I expect another 7 or 8 before the posts start to go up on the blog.  I think it’s going to be pretty great and I hope people get behind it and buy the tracks to support the charity.  If you don’t know, the charity I have chosen to donate all the proceeds too is Depression Alliance UK.  I’m hopeful that the tunes will start to go up in the first week of May – though I have a pretty hectic week that week with the Kays launches so I am thinking the week beginning 9th May will be when the tunes and posts start to go up.  Thanks to all who have submitted so far.  There is still time if you want to send a tune.  I’m happy to accept contributions up to the date we start.

I have also been asked by Ed Stack to put a bundle together for Ten Tracks.  I am trying to organise this now – it’s not that easy!  Anyways, the idea being that I really want to put together a bundle of ambient, noise, drone and neo-classical music.  I really want to push some fantastic artists on people and use Ten Tracks as a means of getting some pretty great music, which is perhaps not as popular in Scotland, out to the masses.  That’s the aim anyways!

So I think that’s everything.  Though I could be wrong.  I will check my diary when I get home to make sure!