Two Free Hands Single, Extended Player, and New Zealand + Australian Tour
I'm excited to release 'Two Free Hands' - the first song to come from the last two years of experimentation and touring.
The song was produced and recorded by Jonathan Pearce and myself, and features Anna Coddington on vocals, Stu Harwood on percussion and Octatrack, and Elizabeth Stokes on French Horn. Daniel Blackball Alexander, once again has made the artwork. We're getting the old band back together.
The song comes with a new EP, which includes a remix and collaboration with Jet Jaguar - the moniker of Wellington electronic producer Michael Upton, and a reworking of a song from Successor which has changed shape in my live set. This is an EP in the orginal, 'Extended Player' sense - a collection of songs that expand on a single song, rather than the modern, mini-album sense. More info about all that here.
I’m taking all this around New Zealand and Australia over the next couple of months . For those who haven't seen the set in the last year - the song, Two Free Hands, and the recent RNZ live session below plant the flag in the ground for what the approach is. I'm going to be taking my personal version of semi-electronic music into intimate, refined venues, with shows to start a little earlier than the average nightclub where possible.
Above - Two Free Hands in session on RNZ
The new music has partially developed out of touring overseas as a solo performer, and looking for ways to expand the sound with strange and wonderful technology, like my home-built matrix mixer made in a workshop run by the Music Electronics Library, or my new Synthstrom Deluge. In this new music, I've been trying hard to play with electronic elements the way I feel an instrumentalist should - in way that is fragile, different every time, and takes repetitive practice and concentration to keep together. I've never made music that is easy to dance to, and learning to use a drum machine hasn't helped. However I think I can bring electronic music into an intimate environment and play it in a way that is not so different to the unamplified shows I once did at Freida's in Auckland or Inch bar in Dunedin.
I've also taken the opportunity to launch this website. You can now buy tickets and merchandise directly from me, with no middle people. You can buy some things you'll find nowhere else - like the instrumental tracks to Successor. As time goes on I'll be populating these pages with lines of communication that feel true and necessary, while my social media presence becomes all the more dedicated to short, practical news and updates.
Two Free Hands Summer Tour Dates - 2017/18
Fri, Dec 22 - Whanganui, Ward Observatory Hall, 8.30pm
Thu, Jan 18 - Brisbane, The End, 8pm - free show
Sat Jan 20 - Sydney, Petersham Bowling Club, Afternoon show at 2pm - tickets here
Sun, Jan 21 - Canberra, The Front Gallery, early show at 5.30 - tickets here
Mon, Jan 22 - Melbourne, Northcote Uniting Church, 7.30pm - tickets here
Tue, January 23 - Auckland, a farewell show to The Golden Dawn: Tavern of Power, 7.30pm
Friday, January 25 - Hamilton, The Meteor Theatre, 8pm
Saturday, January 26 - New Plymouth, 4th Wall Theatre, 8pm (majority of tickets available from the venue )
Friday, February 2 - Napier, Paisley Stage, 8pm
Sun Feb 4 - (Somewhere near) Whanganui, Gathering In The Forest Festival - tickets here
Sat Feb 10 - Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka, Tuki Festival - tickets here
Sat Feb 17 - Paraparaumu, Coastella Festival - tickets here