Eight months after entering the studio for the first time, we finally launched the album “The Grit That Makes The Pearl”. It’s been a fascinating process from conception to physical product, it really makes you appreciate the amount of work that goes into making a CD.
The majority of tunes and arrangement were done by good friends Hugh Marwick and Stuart Mackintosh, with fiddle from Gavin Marwick (of Bellevue Rendezvous), Sean Cousins on drums and myself on piano. We were also joined by the wonderful Eilidh Mackenzie on vocals and Calum MacGillivray on pipes.
For sample downloads / CD sales head on over to the official site (designed by myself), marwickandmackintosh.com. There is a tour to support the CD starting June 21st, starting in the Highlands but hopefully travelling further afield later.
It would be fair to say that I am a bit of a Boards of Canada nut. I’m sure everyone has at least one band whose releases they collect religiously, and believe me there are plenty to find for BoC including some stupidly rare cassette tape things (A Few Old Tunes is definitely worth tracking down online). It has been some years since the band last produced an album and their notorious reticence only makes matters more fustrating for fans. However news of updates to the official website looks encouraging, and we may well be seeing a new album within the next few months, although how their sound will have progressed in the last 5 years, given all that has going on in electronic music is anyone’s guess!
Anyway to celebrate this potentially exciting news, I would like to share a fantastic piano cover of one of my favourite Boards of Canada tracks, Turquoise Hexagon Sun performed by Goldmund.
Had a fun jam on the monome this evening. Experimenting with the inner loop function of mlrV. It ended up slightly longer than hoped, but it does have 3 or 4 distinct sections/movements which I’m happy about. Also using the tweakbench vst breadown, re-sampling live, then using the inner loop function again. You can get some lush minimal techno sounds from just a simple piano loop!
I’m keen to start posting stuff like this a bit more. I know it’s not particularly ground-breaking stuff, but it’s a good way to learn. You/I will hopefully see an improvement over the coming months.