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:
It was indeed an honour and a pleasure to be asked by Yann Tiersen to write and sing lyrics on one of the tracks from his new album, “∞” (Infinity) – and, unsurprisingly, the rest of the album’s amazing too. There’s now a video for the song – with French actress Clémence Poésy playing me! (kind of) – and it’s brilliant:
L. Pierre’s last thing for 2013 was a Disney mix for Dazed Digital:
L. Pierre is now in hibernation.