Stepping up the tempo, here is another new track from my upcoming album 'Hendra'. It's called 'Nathaniel'. It's a song inspired by a road sign I saw in Oregon. It is about how we deal with grief, in private and in public. It is also about love, strength of character and has some merciless lead guitar from Bernard Butler. Hope you like it.
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New season. New song. There is no better track to bring you from my upcoming album, 'Hendra' (out Apr 14, except US Apr 29) than 'Spring'.
In January, I teamed up with friend and acclaimed Irish film-maker and critic Mark Cousins ('The Story of Film: an Odyssey') to find a new talent to make a short film for the title-track for my new solo album, 'Hendra'. After running a treatment competition, the winning script came from London-based screenwriter and Slow Cinema devotee, Rahim Moledina.
Filmed in east London on a shoestring budget last month and inspired by the lyrics, the film - directed by Moledina himself - unsentimentally yet tenderly transposes the action and depicts a day in the life of an Asian shopkeeper. I think it is beautiful film-making and really sparks with the lyrics.
Mark was soon calling it a 'mini-masterpiece' - high praise indeed!
Bloomsbury will publish my new book in the UK this Thurs 13 February 2014. Both a personal journey and a portrait of my mum and dad, it is a story of the post-war years, ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, life in clubs and in care homes. It is also about who we are, where we come from, and how we love and live with each other for a long time. (The US edition is due June 2014.)
Join me at the launch event at Rough Trade East, hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Andrew Collins. Reading, interview and signing.
I've also posted a Soundcloud link of me reading the opening pages.