Beating drum is also putting out exciting new eps that I’ve also collaborated on from beginning to end.
First up YELLI YELLI with the kind of cultural cross-over style that I love. Artistically set somewhere between Paris and Kabylie in Algeria, I recorded it with Emi Hanak aka Yelli Yelli.
As a young girl, Yelli Yelli’s mother would sing her traditional Kabyle songs. The songs, sung in a language that she couldn’t understand stayed with her nonetheless, planting a seed in her that would later bring her to explore the musical and cultural imprint of her own origins. I was glad Yelli Yelli turned to me for this project as a fellow wanderer between musical frontiers, it was exactly the kind of project I love writing and collaborating on.
HORSEDREAMER is a collaboration between me and my old friend the poet and singer Roger Robinson.
Imagine it as a conversation between old friends when words resound and shared stories build pathways straight to the heart. I provide the music, Roger the words. Horsedreamer is our conversation.
As you know at Beating drum we’re always looking to experiment with the kind of object we produce to accompany music and so we printed up a kind of poetic comic book to provide a backdrop for Horsedreamer’s songs, the comic book tells the enigmatic story of two renegade wanderers in the badlands of an imaginary central american wasteland. The object is available on the Beating Drum shop only and sold together with a download of the four tracks from the ep. There are only 200 copies!
If things go well Roger and I would like to push this concept further when the full album comes out by combining the full length record with a complete graphic novel…
Record Store Day has been and gone, my label Beating drum participated in the event in France and the Uk putting out a limited edition 12 inch features four original compositions by me recorded especially for the occasion.
This is the third year we’ve participated and I love doing something each time as it allows me to experiment and try out different ideas and styles from the albums that I make. This year’s release is inspired by the different traditions of work songs worldwide, the four songs recreate the call of voices rising in unison to the beat of a hammer or to the syncopated grinding of grain on the threshing floor. In WORK SONGS rhythm is the hand clap that keeps time to the crash of an axe or the thud of a pestle on a stone mortar. Inspired as much by Southern Mediterranean vocal traditions as those of African American origins, these four new compositions showcase Faccini’s customary and original music without frontiers.
Lastly the artwork for the 12 inch was made using original lino cuts that I made.
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You know how I love using hand-made animation in music videos ? I made a bunch myself for my last album that you may remember…
How about you take 5m out of your day to look at this beautifully drawn and animated video by Ana Tortos who we commissioned for Jenny Lysander’s song “Blackbird”?
The song is taken from her debut album Northern Folk out April the 27th, via my label Beating Drum.