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Matthew Bourne - This Is Not For You. out now
Published 12 July, 2024 by DM

Matthew Bourne - This Is Not For You. out now

The wait is over: Matthew Bourne’s first full-length album for solo piano (plus bits of cello and Dulcitone) since 2017 is out now. This Is Not For You.

Anyone who has followed Bourne’s career will know he’s never been one to take the expected route. You may have preconceptions of an artist who first came to prominence as a virtuosic pianist and winner of the Perrier Jazz Award in 2001. Witnessing Bourne at the piano is a visceral thrill with the instrument becoming an extension of his body. It’s unclear where one ends and the other begins as he climbs inside a grand to pluck, strum and bend the notes to his will. There’s a rare physicality in his performances that sets him apart – unexpected in the world of concert halls and Steinways.

However, Bourne is driven to push that envelope with projects on Moogs, harmoniums, harpsicords and any number of old, broken or infirm instruments. His fingerprints are all over a huge number of diverse projects, having worked with the likes of Alabaster DePlume, Keith Tippett, Nils Frahm, MINING, Nightports and Mzlkypop, and playing a key role in Keeley Forsyth’s desolate and haunting works.

When he does return to solo piano, it’s certainly cause for celebration. Here’s to a restless and forward-thinking artist doing what he does best.

Put your feet up and listen to This Is Not For You. here. Once you’re finished, it is available to order on LP, CD and digital.

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Laurence Pike - new album/single
Published 02 July, 2024 by DM

Laurence Pike returns with his most ambitious album project to date - The Undreamt-of Centre is an evocative, contemporary reimagining of the requiem mass.

The album draws on the sounds of modern classical music, Japanese environmental ambient music, fourth world electronics, free jazz and the choral traditions of Estonia, with particular influence from Tallinn-based composer Tonu Korvits. Featuring the VOX Sydney Philharmonia Choir, conducted by Pike’s childhood friend, composer Sam Lipman, the album was recorded in a 19th century Gothic church in Sydney.

Listen to first single ‘Introit’.

Laurence Pike on The Undreamt-of Centre:

I first had the thought of working with voices a number of years ago. I had the strange notion of making a requiem mass for drums, electronics and choir. It sat with me since then, until it felt the time was right to realise the idea.

Why a requiem? Initially I simply liked the idea of a structural format that had existed and been reimagined again and again over hundreds of years. Ultimately, it’s a ritual set to music. The processes and ecstatic outcomes of rituals, were something I had explored in making the Holy Spring album in 2019. I became interested in subverting the religious musical construct of a requiem into something far more contemporary, using language and sounds not readily associated with it. It also seemed a ready-made vehicle to explore the sound of a choir with my electro-acoustic drum kit performances.

Watch Pike explain the motivations behind The Undreamt-of Centre and see behind the scenes footage of the recording sessions:

Pike is launching the project with two performances at the Phoenix Central Park cultural centre in Sydney with the VOX Sydney Philharmonia Choir on Thursday 22nd August. If you’re in the area, get your name down on the ballot for free tickets.

The Undreamt-of Centre
will be released September 6th and is available to pre-order now on limited edition Forest Green vinyl LP, CD and digital.

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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.

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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.

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