Hi hi hi My third single, We Both Know is out now! AND - I'm really excited to announce that the Mesonoxian album launch show will be on 27th October at the ICA, London.
Much of 'Mesonoxian' was written around the time of my father’s death. We Both Know' is as much about that as it is about a relationship (and personal) breakdown. In a particularly dark period a couple of years back, I wrote the string arrangement and sent it to our friend Vince Sipprell. He sent back it back recorded perfectly. At the end of each take he had left a little message in a funny voice for me. I will never forget the feeling - really lifted me. Vince died before the track was finished. He was such a kind and exceptional guy. It took me & Ingmar a long time to find our way with it after that- the whole track felt so immersed in grief so we gave the track to Cherif Hashizume. His organic Arca-esque electronics & beats breathed something new into it - it came alive again. I recorded the vocals late in the night at Cafe Music Studios - Cherif supplied me with honey vodka - and we got though it somehow. It now feels forward facing and uplifting in a way I didn't expect to ever experience. Hugest of thanks and squirrel love to Vince, Didier, Ingmar, Kumar and Cherif - you saved my life (literally).
BBC Introducing made ‘Human’ Record of the Week! Last week, I performed a special version of We Both Know with harpist Glenda Allaway live on BBC Asian Network which you can listen here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07q3bl0 between 2:13-2:27.
In case you missed it, you can also listen to an interview with Sonny & Shay on BBC Radio London about ‘Living’ here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p043gfsw#play from 1:33.
Mesonoxian Album Launch - 27th October 2016 - ICA, London
Advance tickets for the Mesonoxian launch are now available!
You can buy them here http://www.anilsebastian.com/#live-section.
The picture above is of my (part-liquified) band minus Andrew Bird, the latest addition. Andy wrote Human with me and is going to be joining us on all manor of instruments (Glockenspiel, even). Casual Psychotic (the guy that made my Hiraeth film) is going to be doing live visuals - it's going to be beautiful... There's a lot to celebrate - even in this strange & dark times - more than ever perhaps :) Big squirrel love Anil XXXX