Cheers to Soho Radio and Strawboscopic for having me on last week to chat and play a live set. If you missed it you can listen back at https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/strawbscopic-with-hilang-child-02092019/ to hear me talk about creative processes, making videos and play some new and old songs featuring Rittipo on sax and bass clarinet!
A year ago today my debut album was released to the world. It’s felt like a long tough 2019 full of self doubts and uphill battles but I’m working my arse off to create something great for what comes next. Being a solo artist is hard.
Delighted to share this film by Jonjo Lowe for 'Chaturanga Rebuilt', taken from my Stripped.Rebuilt EP. An exploration of despair, optimism, togetherness and solitude. Some words from Jonjo on the project:
“The song offers passage from despair to nascent optimism. I wanted the video to explore the togetherness that binds communities as they push forwards through catastrophic events; rituals that reinforce our sense of being, bodies running parallel to one another, occasionally colliding, and the silent ecstasy of intimacy which illuminates hope in new beginnings.”
Huge shouts from the rooftops to everyone involved:
Ahead of our upcoming UK co-headline shows, myself and Paul Thomas Saunders got together to film a stripped live performance of my song Pesawat Aeroplane. Watch below.
20th June - LONDON, St. Pancras Old Church: https://bit.ly/2WznPoE
7th July (*Hilang Child only*) - GLASGOW, Hug & Pint: https://bit.ly/2wJZkpg
8th July - LEEDS, Hyde Park Book Club: https://bit.ly/2Q7G8ur
Filmed and edited by Elliot Tatler.
NEW MUSIC! Stripped.Rebuilt EP is out today on Bella Union 🎉 a collection of stripped back and reworked songs from my debut album Years, as well as a rebuilt version of the first song I ever wrote, 'Chaturanga'. Listen on streaming services now: http://smarturl.it/8aiobk
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a few words on how the EP came about.
Cover photo is me and my little brother, aged 15 & 11ish, with art design by Luke Jarvis.
Mixed by Jamie Mac
Mastered by Arther Indrikovs
Strings on 'Chaturanga Rebuilt' by AK Patterson
Upcoming UK live shows (click for tickets/info):
+ more tba
‘Chaturanga Rebuilt’ is a new version of the first song I ever wrote. In the years after writing it I initially pushed it aside as I grew into my craft a little more; I had never really been satisfied with the original and felt it didn't represent what my music had gone on to become. But last year I finally made the decision to revisit it, re-learn it and in the summer of 2018 my band and I played it live for the first time in years. Suddenly I finally ‘got’ it and decided I had to re-record it the way it should have sounded in the first place, now that I have the voice, ability and ear to be able to do it the justice it deserved.
As for the ‘stripped’ songs on the EP; at the end of 2018, during Iceland Airwaves I reworked my single ‘Crow’ for just piano and voice for a live broadcast, straight-to-vinyl show at Studio Hljódriti hosted by Ásgeir. The general realisation from doing so was that getting away from all the ambience, electronics, drums and atmospheres was just as exciting for me, allowing my songwriting to breathe a little more. So we recorded these live intimate, stripped down versions of 3 songs from my debut album, hopefully putting fresh life into them and showing them in a new light.
On 20th June myself and Paul Thomas Saunders play a co-headline show at the beautiful St. Pancras Old Church to celebrate the launch of my Stripped.Rebuilt EP! Tickets available at https://bit.ly/2PFjdGL
Thanks so much to E.B. The Younger for having me open the UK & Ireland dates of their tour, and thanks to all who came down early and caused me to sell out of vinyls and CDs at the merch stand!
Catch me live again around the UK at the following dates, with one or two more to be announced. Tickets available now!
10 May - Alt-Escape @ St. Nicholas Church, BRIGHTON (9.20pm)
11 May - Escape To Pelirocco @ Hotel Pelirocco, BRIGHTON (3pm)
20 June - St. Pancras Old Church, LONDON
6 July - Bobik’s, NEWCASTLE
8 July - Hyde Park Book Club, LEEDS