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Japanese edition of Sound of Tomorrow
1st March 2019

Finally, I’ve got hold of a couple of copies of the Japanese edition of Sound of Tomorrow, from Artes Publishing. It’s got an intricate illustration linking together many of the instruments and people featured in the book – reproduced in colour on the dust jacket, and then in B/W on the inner cover. The book itself includes many photos not featured in the English language edition. Nice yellow endpapers too.

Undercliff – available to pre-order
13th February 2019

My debut novel, Undercliff, is now available to pre-order. 

Coming up in 2019
7th February 2019

My debut novel, Undercliff, is due in May this year. At the same time there’ll be some associated music by the newly-reformed Farina, most likely released on YouTube with a short video. More information soon.

Sound of Tomorrow in Japan
30th November 2018

Delighted to catch first sight of my Sound of Tomorrow in Japan, thanks to Artes Publishing.

John Cowper Powys
28th November 2018

Here’s a short piece about the 2010 Ghostwriter track inspired by John Cowper Powys, on a site associated with Tim Blanchard’s new book Powysland.

Palace of Light reissue released
21st July 2017

The expanded 30th anniversary reissue of the Palace of Light album, Beginning Here and Travelling Outward – including nearly an hour’s worth of previously unreleased live and studio material and liner notes by Stewart Lee – is now available. 

Palace of Light reissue available for pre-order
3rd July 2017

The 30th anniversary expanded reissue of the Palace of Light album, Beginning Here and Travelling Outward – featuring the original album and nearly an hour’s worth of previously unreleased material, with liner notes by Stewart Lee – is now available for pre-order. Should be ready at the end of July 2017. In the meantime, have a listen to these fours songs – two from the album, two previously unheard.

Palace of Light video
27th April 2017

In advance of the forthcoming 30th anniversary reissue of the Palace of Light’s sole album, here’s a previously unseen video of an unreleased song from 1989. More soon.

Unbound
8th November 2016

Pleased to announce I am now an Associate Editor at the crowdfunding publisher Unbound. My job is to find books about music. If you’ve got any ideas please get in touch.

Darren Hayman – Thankful Villages Volume 1
17th June 2016

Co-wrote and co-performed Langton Herring, a track on Darren Hayman’s excellent new album Thankful Villages Volume 1Thankful Villages Volume 1 (there’ll be two more volumes in due course).