Matthew Bourne - ‘Précipice / Précis’ single
Published 18 June, 2024 by DM

Matthew Bourne has a new single out – and in honour of “all the football”, it’s a game of two halves. ‘Précipice / Précis’ is the second track taken from new album This Is Not For You.

Bourne describes the 'Précipice' half as “study in the push and pull of things attempting to escape the confines of togetherness – towards collapse” and then he gets the cellos out for the ‘Précis’ half. We’ll leave you to draw your own footballing analogies. Or not.

This Is Not For You. is released July 12th on LP, CD and digital and is available to pre-order now. You’ll find some good independent record shops stocking it here. | Facebook | Live Dates |
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Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne - Dulcitone 1804 - OUT NOW
Published 24 May, 2024 by DM

The record that kicked off the most unlikely craze in popular music - or at least will do shortly.

Dulcitone 1804
is released today and is the first album made entirely on the Dulcitone - a rare Victorian-era keyboard instrument. So if you're wondering why the Dulcitone is racing up the 'must have presents of Christmas 2024' lists, you can blame Nightports and Matthew Bourne.

It's an otherworldly sound they've created. Melodic but hard to place. Timeless even.

Dulcitone 1804 is on your streaming service of choice and record shops in the UK and Europe. It will be in shops in the rest of the world on June 7th.

You can also order on CD/digital via Bandcamp now.

Nightports and Matthew Bourne will be performing with the now famous Dulcitone at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds on June 9th. It's part of the Brudenell Piano Sessions and entry is on a pay-what-you-feel basis. You can't say fairer than that. | Twitter | Facebook |
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MINING - 'Ophelia (Remapped)'
Published 15 May, 2024 by DM

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that the MINING LPs and CDs will finally be hitting shops in the UK and Europe this Friday (June 14th for the rest of the world). We wouldn’t necessarily blame you if this had slipped your mind. There have been plenty of world-weary updates about vinyl production which are easy to blank out, but it’s time to start paying attention again!

The key message: the Chimet vinyl is looking and sounding fantastic. You can purchase in confidence.

By way of a reminder, MINING have released a reworking of opening track ‘Ophelia’. Don’t worry though, they’ve remixed it with ‘data’ rather than a generic house beat.

This is what MINING have to say of the process: “'Ophelia (Remapped)' is a fresh take on the sonification of the opening movement of Chimet. It has been a chance to re-evaluate the relationships between the output of data and their sonic representations. By changing emphasis and focal point, it provides a new listening experience of Storm Ophelia's aftermath, and includes elements present throughout the entirety of the album.”

The download is available on a pay-what-you-want basis. | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |
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Matthew Bourne - This Is Not For You.
Published 14 May, 2024 by DM

Matthew Bourne has been a busy man of late, but now he’s back at the piano and the world can start healing. Possibly.

Over the last twenty or so years, you’re as likely to find Bourne piloting Moogs, bothering cellos and harmoniums, covering Kraftwerk, Charlie Chaplin and Phil Collins, collaborating with the weather or unearthing rare Victorian keyboard instruments as you are “playing” the piano. His fingerprints are all over a huge number of diverse projects.

For such a restless and forward-thinking artist, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Bourne can be a little reluctant to return to the instrument on which he made his name. At least in public. That would be too easy.

This Is Not For You. is the first full-length Matthew Bourne album for solo piano since Isotach in 2017. These days Bourne tends to find himself seated at his first instrument when working on collaborations or commissions for film and television projects. It’s often in these moments that inspiration strikes and the pieces are committed to tape. With outside deadlines, those sparks can often be left. Forgotten about. Recorded over.

This is Not for You. was born from an off-hand comment by one of Matthew Bourne’s confidants. His instruction, “Do not delete,” provided Bourne with a commission of sorts, an ideal restriction to work within. Everything on the album was given a chance to shine in the studio, to be worked on amongst the freedom of that no deletion diktat - new inspirations now lie beside deep-mined remembrances. Cello and Dulcitone have been added sparingly for colour, but this is Bourne playing for his own enjoyment. Intimate. Reserved even. The real Matthew Bourne?

The title track is out now, with the album to follow on July 12th. Watch Bourne explain how the album came about.

This Is Not For You. is available to pre-order now on limited edition LP and CD, as well as digital. | Facebook | Live Dates |
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Matthew Bourne: This Is Not For You. (BAY 132)
Matthew Bourne
This Is Not For You.

MINING: Chimet (BAY 128)
Craven Faults: Standers (BAY 131)
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