The second album by Bill Wells and Yours Truly is called The Most Important Place In The World and will be released on March 16th 2015. You can hear a track, This Dark Desire, below. You can also buy this song right now – or get it immediately with the album pre-order – on iTunes HERE.
You can read the full press release and pre-order the album HERE. It will come in a limited, heavyweight vinyl LP edition – with a bonus 4-track 12” EP, a lyrics and sheet music 12x12 booklet, a hymn sheet, and all audio content in 320kbps MP3s – and, of course, CD and download too, and will be available on streaming platforms in May. As you may know, I’m not a big fan of streaming; it’s fundamentally a sweatshop – the consumer loves it and the shops get rich, but those who actually craft the product get paid next to nothing. But I can’t deny it seems to be the future, so while I’m happy to have my stuff available on streaming platforms, we – Bill, Chemikal Underground and I – agreed to hold back this album until later in the year. Our priority audience will always be those who want to buy our music, and it’s only fair that these fans should have exclusive access to it for a period of time. I understand that some of you may pay a monthly streaming subscription fee and feel left out – if so, the good news is that we’ve priced our digital album insanely low to help balance this out. The MP3 version of the album is only £4.99 (see link above), which is the price of a pint of Peroni in my local – and, quite frankly, if you don’t think an album’s worth the price of a city centre pint, then music is absolutely, irreversibly fucked. Indeed, think of it as though you’re actually buying us a pint, or I suppose a half pint each – but even that’s misleading because that assumes we’ll personally get £4.99 from a digital sale, which of course we won’t, so it’s more like a packet of crisps each to accompany the pints we’ve already bought ourselves. And I fucking love crisps.
No tour dates planned as yet, but they’re on the way.
There will be more songs to preview online soon too, and maybe even a launch party somewhere special ... watch this space! (Or better yet, follow me on Twitter.)
Myself and Adly Syairi Ramly will be judging a special Record Store Day competition to build a record shop in my favourite creative medium, Lego (hence the photo of a Lego Arab Strap I made a couple of years ago above). The prize is a very fancy RSD turntable, and you can find out more HERE. Remember, it’s not just about looking cool – I’ll be judging on durability, playability and imaginative brick use too. My children have learned this the hard way. You have until April – happy building!
My first book for children, a picture book for ages 3 – 7 (beautifully) illustrated by Emmeline Pidgen, will be published on October 10th by Cargo. It’s called The Lavender Blue Dress – and there’s a sneak peak above – and if you’ve seen me do a solo show in the last few years, the chances are you’ve heard the story live. The first print will be in hardback and also comes with a free CD featuring an audio version read by me with music by Bill Wells (and Louise Stewart playing the female voices). The dust jacket is removable too, and features a cut-out-and-play paper doll on the reverse side! Available in all good bookshops now (always wanted to say that) or direct from Cargo HERE.
These are the vagrants, begging for change by the side of the superhighway, the abandoned hobos brushing off digital dust and leaping from the virtual shelf … otherwise known as the rarities compilation. Six are unleashed for the first time, while four of them have either popped up on vinyl somewhere or were floated online. There are three covers but the rest are all mine, and they’ve all been professionally remastered as a whole for your optimum aural delight, available exclusively in the form of a digital album. Yes, sadly there will be no physical release of this album, though it was carefully considered – mainly because I really like the cover – but I just don’t want to make too much of a fuss over it, plus I haven’t really got the time to post out LPs. So apologies to all of you who quite rightly love vinyl and also, of course, to the real record shops who would normally stock my wares – I can assure you that my next album proper will be as tangible as they come. The album is currently available on Bandcamp (link above) and will (might) be released on iTunes, Amazon, and all the rest later in the year.
The Where You’re Meant To Be movie – a document of my recent tour of Scotland and exploration of our oral traditions – is nearing completion and should be ready for release early next year. It’ll look something like this: