Not an album – three ep’s

Ok, so here’s the deal. I’ve been working on and off on material for a record the past couple of years. And I have around 15-20 finished songs to compile, and putting the pieces together to make a coherent collection of tracks has turned into a logistic nightmare, and I’m growing tired of the songs in the process – not a good sign. I have a lot of new ideas and a clear vision of the sound I’m going for with some brand new material and I want to put my energy where it matters, that is, in the process of creation. So I’m going to give the current songs a final mastering and spread them out on three ep’s and put them up on Bandcamp and Spotify, maybe iTunes, within the next couple of months without making a big fuzz out of it and that will be it, time to move on. The songs are good, the recordings are good, I just don’t want to spend any more time on them, they’re already behind me. Life is short and my attention span is even shorter. My focus is more intense than it was ten years ago and I want to be able to move with ideas faster.
– Stay tuned.
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I guess we have some common interests

Just found out that Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon made a cover record last year featuring songs by Godflesh and Glenn Danzig among others – something I did five years ago, ahem, just saying. By this logic, Mark and I should make a record together. Call me, Mark. Love your work.

By the way, new song from brand new record will be up very soon.

Summertime and the smell of vinyl

It’s summertime in Copenhagen/Northern Europe which means that most people in the world of music are going on vacation or preparing for various festivals.
This also means a bit of time off from the music for me – the new record is more or less there, but I won’t be putting serious effort into shopping it around to various labels until later this year as most people in the business aren’t responsive this time of year anyway.
Will be checking out Future Islands among others at Roskilde Festival as I really like their new album. Slowdive was added last-minute to the line up, which is great, but unfortunate for me though, as I will only be visiting the festival on Friday, the day before their appearance.
As a  sort of consolation I invested in a brand new pressing of one of my favourite albums. I’m not a vinyl fetishist per se (not any more anyway) , but when it comes to a record like this, I still happily  lay down the cash.

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Record done + M Blok guest performance on brand new track by Truth Lies In Dust

The record is finished. It needs a proper mastering and some artwork, but it’s there allright. Expect to hear some snippets from it in the near future.
In the meantime, do yourself a favour and check out the brand new track by Truth Lies In Dust: “Sacrifice”. Truth Lies In Dust is the new project by old friend & producer Ephex Hartman, and he asked me to provide lyrics & vocals for this track. I’m more than happy with the result, and it’s great to get to be creative with other people every once in a while.

Listen here:
https://soundcloud.com/ephexone/sacrifice

Follow Truth Lies In Dust here:
facebook.com/TruthLiesInDust

Beautiful Swans

M BLOK & SWANS
Went to see a Michael Gira solo show in Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago.
I have seen both Swans and Gira solo more times than I can remember right now. But as I’m sitting here mixing and tweaking my own songs, and inevitably hitting those periods where the music seems to go nowhere and I feel out of touch with it, I just have to look to my right (I have a framed Swans poster on my wall, you see) and remind myself how music is able to take you somewhere completely different and shake you through, if you let it.
I have a ticket stub from a Swans concert that took place in 1997 in Copenhagen on their farewell tour; I would have just turned seventeen judging from the date, and I remember knowing I had to see this band, as it supposedly was my last chance of ever doing so. A couple of years earlier I had picked up a copy of “Greed”, knowing Swans was a name I had to check out, since I was a young introvert with an attitude and a taste for the “alternative” – I was in no way ready for it at the time; but I remember it provoked me intensely. And I played it every once in a while, like there was some secret to it I hadn’t been let it on. Of course there was no secret; it was all about reaching a state of mind where you decide to let go of all preconceived notions of what music is, and how it should be executed. And at the Swans concert in 1997 that way of thinking became clear to me. I went to the show alone as I didn’t know anybody who wanted to come, and I used my meagre savings on a beer, a joint and a t-shirt and felt that was an OK preparation for whatever was about to hit me. Even though the band was breaking up, there was no sentimentality to it. As I recall Michael Gira just stated that since they had just released a new album (That would be “Soundtracks for the blind”) their set was going to focus on that material, and that was it.

That evening I got home a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a lot more confused, but most importantly, determined to never let myself or my music restrict to certain ideals or ideas about genres and what was supposedly “permitted” in music. I was able to enjoy and discover both “Greed” and the rest of the bands back catalogue from that moment on.
And when Swans reunited some years ago, I was once again impressed and struck by the lack of sentimentality with which Michael Gira seemed to move forward instead of giving people a “Greatest Hits” set.

The framed poster is actually signed by Michael Gira; it says “To Morton! – live!”.
Good advice. That I do.
Now back to the music…