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30/11/18

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A bit of advance warning for a K Group box set, due out in February. This 4 CD collection includes all the music recorded by the band, including a couple of tracks never before released. The 48-page hardnack book has previously unseen photographs, sleeve notes by Tim Bowness and contributions from the rest of us. We're not going to be selling this at Sofa but commend you to the fine folk over at Burning Shed for pre-orders here. It's going to be out on 8th Feb 2019.

It's impossible to know at this stage what's going to be feasible after March next year. So I'm hoping to put in a couple of live appearances in That Europe before the shutters come down for us in the UK. There'll be a show each in Warsaw and Krakow and one in Athens.

Details are at touring and tickets are now on sale, with the links on the touring page.

X/Ten is released today! It's a somewhat unusual set of songs.

As you'll know I often set some guiding principles for myself at the inititation of the recording of each album, as much to keep myself awake and challenged as anything. In the case of "From the Trees" I decided to go fully old school and make sure that I could perform all of the songs live (in a one guitar/piano + vox form) before I began the full process of recording and arrangement.

Back in 2016, while playing in Japan, things had advanced to the stage where I managed to play five of these new songs. To mark the occasion, an extremely limited edition CDR of these, "V", was made available there. The versions were, of course, the initial building blocks upon which the later full representations of the songs on disc were  built.

In the course of touring in late 2017 and the first months of this year I played all of the songs from "...Trees" -  I think this is the first time that I've ever done such a thing with pieces from a new album.

So it seems only appropriate that I should now present those performances in a squaring the circle form, going back to the aforementioned first principles. Of course, I've got a lot more knowledge of the material now and am informed by the full arrangements and final forms the songs took on. Nonetheless, this is both a rounding off and a stripping down and I think it fully and finally informs this material.

The tracklisting is, of course, identical to that on the original album. In a nod to that first CDR, the title is X/Ten and it can now be ordered here.

Hope you'll enjoy it!




I'm pleased to say that I'll be heading for some Tokyo shows once more in November. Dates are at touring.


Just one more brief note about orders. As everyone knows postal costs have spiralled over the last few years, particularly Uk to Europe and Rest of World. Accordingly, we've now (finally) raised our shipping prices. They're still less than the actual shipping costs but we take the view that a mail-order purchase is, in the end, an all-in transaction. You'll see the shipping costs added in, of course, at the final stage of the ordering process.

In something of a counter-balancing act, we've now reduced the prices of *all* Fie! CDs on our list. They're now pegged at £10.50 and the "All that might have been" box set has come down in price to £17.00.

My previous notes about inactivity here and activity elsewhere:


I've been far from diligent of late in updating news here at Sofa Sound, even if hard news is a bit thin on the ground at the moment.

Partly this is the result of my continuing commitment to maintaining an online journal - at sofasound.wordpress.com if you haven't yet come across it. (Though in fact I've been silent over on that platform for the last few months as well....) I began doing this in part because I realised that items I put up here on the latest news page have traditionally been erased  and overwritten as new stuff comes in - and of course it's now some time since the newsletters ceased being my favoured form of updating news. But in turn that's meant that I've been slow to put things up here. Must try harder....but of course the dissemination of info these days is spread over a number of different channels in any case.

(And should you be interested I also have a twitter identity, @Sofa_sound. My contributions there, though, are pretty random and sporadic....)








Many moons have passed...but you may also be interested, now, to go and check out www.peterhammill.com where, finally, some lyric-labyrinthine adventures await, thanks to the indefatigable labours of Adrian. More on this anon, but it's only right to let you know that something's been/is afoot there....

Regarding the site...
The intention here is to have a fundamentally "white paper" place from which information rather than entertainment (or information as entertainment) can be gleaned. To this end the site should be under fairly constant revision. Once again, my apologies for being negligent in this regard over the last few months.