Recorded during rehearsals for the Storm Damage Tour in January 2020, the mini-album is a stripped-back piano-and-vocals set that was due for release during my world tour last year, before it was held up by pandemic-related postponements and the ultimate cancellation of all my shows.
For a while I thought about abandoning them, but listening again I thought their unadorned spirit seemed to speak to something of the strength in adversity we have all looked for recently.
Storm Shelter contains two covers and four of my songs. The covers, Ten City’s house classic That’s The Way Love Is and Sharon Van Etten’s recent synth torch song Comeback Kid, both premiered online last year.
London film-maker Rahim Moledina, who wrote and directed films for Hendra and Sunlight Follows the Night, has made a new video for That's The Way Love Is.
The remaining recordings are new versions of three songs - Balanced on a Wire, Summer Ghosts and Sunlight Follows the Night - from Storm Damage, and one - Winter’s Eve - from my 2016 album, Fever Dream.
All the songs were recorded in one day at RAK Studios in London and are engineered and mixed by Bruno Ellingham.
I'm donating an advance on royalty proceeds to UK homelessness charity, Shelter. I have spent much of this year publicly campaigning to save my local reservoir in north London from decades of neglect. Aside from the ecological crisis, there is a human crisis of displaced residents from waterside redevelopment and shoreline rough-sleeping. I wanted to help shine a light on this too.
Storm Shelter is only available on stream and download for now.
Limited edition vinyl and CD versions are planned for later in the year.
As for touring, I have no concrete plans. I hope to return post-pandemic when the time is right. Enjoy the new music. Enjoy the video. Help Shelter. That’s it x