I’m really pleased to let you know that my collaborative EP “Desert Songs” with the American songwriter Dawn Landes will be out on January 15th.
We wrote and recorded the five songs that make up the EP over two sessions in my studio in the Cevennes. I first met Dawn when she and Sylvie Lewis sang on a track we recorded for my Songs I Love series.
I’m pretty solitary when I write songs but from time to time, collaborations are a great way to share and tread new ground. I love Dawn’s music, her last album Bluebird is a gem and I’m very happy our collaboration will see the light!
J’ai le grand plaisir de vous annoncer la sortie, le 15 janvier prochain, de mon nouvel EP “Desert Songs”, en collaboration avec la songwriter Américaine Dawn Landes.
Nous avons écrit et enregistré les 5 chansons de cet EP en deux sessions dans mon studio des Cévennes. J’ai rencontré Dawn la première fois lorsqu’elle a chanté avec Sylvie Lewis sur un titre enregistré pour le volume 2 de ma série ‘Songs I Love’.
Je suis plutôt solitaire lorsqu’il s’agit d’écrire mes chansons, mais de temps à autre la collaboration permet de partager et d’ouvrir de nouveaux horizons. J’aime beaucoup la musique de Dawn; son dernier album ‘Bluebird’ est une pépite. Je suis très heureux que notre petite collaboration voie le jour!
01 Heaven’s Gate
02 We Come and Go
03 Book of Dreams
04 Crying Out Loud
05 I Hear a Calling
The two songwriters, Dawn Landes (US) and Piers Faccini (UK) met in 2013 when they recorded a Lead Belly song for Faccini’s cover project, Songs I Love. Later that year, Piers invited Dawn to France to perform in a 12th Century Romanesque Chapel in the remote Cevennes region of the south of France near Piers’ home and studio. Inspired by their first experience of performing together, they met up a few months later to write and record the intimate suite of songs that would become the EP, “Desert Songs”.
The bare autumnal skies and rugged mountainous landscapes provided the perfect backdrop for their collaboration. In between sessions, they walked the footpaths in the hills around the studio, swopping tales of the mystics and seekers that inspired the stories and lyrics in Desert Songs. Where Dawn would quote the Desert Fathers or Thomas Merton, Piers would would cite Sufi poets Rumi and Hafez or the poems of St John of the Cross. Dawn and Piers wove the arrangements together using the rich collection of instruments in Piers’s studio, a Malian Kora, a 1930’s National resonator guitar, West African percussion and an Indian dulcimer and tampura. Back in her Brooklyn studio a month later, Dawn recorded drum parts with Ray Rizzo. Desert Songs was then mixed in NYC by Pat Dillet.
Desert Songs will be released by Beating Drum on January 15th 2016 in Europe and in North and South America by Six Degrees. It will be released digitally as well as on limited edition 10” vinyl.