Rowan Coupland has self-released a new album titled Slow Wave of the Future.
You can preview it above and buy it from his Bandcamp page.
In his own words:
“SLOW WAVE OF THE FUTURE fell into place over a 6 month rootfinding expedition to the suburbs, forests and islands of British Columbia. A spiritual odyssey fought on bicycles, transit without a ticket, the backs of pest extermination trucks, voyages shared with washed-up sherpas, the first ever sights of whales in the company of elderly Sikh gentlemen, and Christmases spent on boats surrounded by fluorescent jellyfish. With songs charting the movement from Europe to Vancouver and back again, the album is fragments of sounds, friends, songs and precipitation all recorded and glooped into one. These are songs of a loss of nationality, of love and family, and of a return found in leaving.”
Aside from found sounds and field recordings, all playing of instruments and all lyrics were by Rowan Coupland, except for track 9, which is an American traditional, (version: Cass Wallin) based on an English ballad.
The Brighton show with Damo Suzuki, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Soccer96 and Eyes & No Eyes is two months today. As a New Year’s special offer, if you buy a ticket in the next 48 hours we’ll email you a free album download link for SONAA’s “Your Tunnel…” Tickets available here, read more about the show here, read about the album here. The video for the track above features on “Your Tunnel…” and also features guest vocals from Kristin McClement.
In the past we’ve created several collaborative Willkommen projects for free download over the Christmas period.
This year we asked as many Willkommen related artists as possible to simply contribute thirty seconds of sound. I stitched them together in the order in which they arrived to make a sonic patchwork quilt. The result is incredibly diverse and beautiful despite the random nature of its composition and form.
Thank you to the following people for contributing:
Alessi Laurent-Marke (Alessi’s Ark)
Eyes & No Eyes
Danny Green (Laish)
Fiona Sally Miller
Nick Hemming (The Leisure Society)
This Is The Kit
Rachael Dadd & Ichi
Helen Whitaker (The Leisure Society)
Steve Aston Trio
Turbo & Silke (Martha Rose / OCDC)
Jacob Richardson (Sons of Noel and Adrian)
Chimes (Christian Hardy)
François Marry (François & the Atlas Mountains)
Here are a few links to past collaborative projects for free download on last.fm:
- Willkommen Covers The Sleeper – various artists covered each song from The Leisure Society’s debut album. Originally released as a free Rough Trade bonus CD.
- Willkommen Foxswap – various artists covered each other’s songs before the Foxtrot festival
- Willkommen Christmas 2008 – again various Willkommen related bands covering each other’s songs