Tuesday 7 August 2007

My new album is released today!

Mind The Gap album cover

I'm not very good at blowing my own trumpet (although I can play my own guitar) but I'm too excited not to mention this. Today is the release date for my first solo album, Mind The Gap, which I've been working on for more than a year.

I suppose the genre which fits my music most closely would be psych-folk, or folk noir. There are quite a few traditional British folk songs on it but for the most part I do them in a very non-traditional style! Psychedelic guitars mixed with more traditional instruments like fiddles, mandolins and celtic harp, and ghostly voices. A lot of it is kind of dark and haunting and it's music to fire your imagination rather than to bop along to while you're doing the ironing. Some of the songs I wrote myself. And there's a Pink Floyd song on there too!

And of course there had to be a song about gardening. My neighbour is very keen on horticultural powertools, which is fair enough (I enjoy doing most garden jobs by hand, but I appreciate not everybody does) and as I have a home studio I often get my recordings spoiled by whining leafblowers or spluttering hedgetrimmers. One day I got so pissed off with it I wrote a song called "Leafblower" explaining exactly what I'd like to do with that wretched piece of machinery.

Anyway, if anybody is interested in getting a copy it's available now from The Lost Records for £9 plus p+p (or $11.99 if you're in the US). At the moment that's the only place it's available from but it will filter through to other outlets over the next month or so, such as the iTunes Music Store.

Or if you just want to have a listen out of curiosity there are some song samples on my website, www.rebsiefairholm.co.uk.


Celia Hart said...

Well done with the CD release - the artwork is very striking too.

I'm with you on powertools and don't own a powered hedge trimmer, strimmer or leafblower.
I like some peace when I'm gardening and a chance to see the wildlife and seedlings.


Ashley said...

That is a really great cover. My mom would love it, she makes quilts and this is right up her ally. I just found you on MySpace and love your music and your garden.
I have a small garden myself here in the humid hot USA, in Iowa right in the middle. My garden isn't doing so well this year. Thanks for the great blog and information.

Rebsie Fairholm said...

Celia - I quite agree about the peace and quiet ... I like to commune with the plants and earth rather than hack them up with powertools. Sometimes machines are necessary, but not leafblowers ... they are just an incredibly wasteful means of moving debris from one place to another. In our street lots of people use them to blow rubbish out of their driveways and onto the street, so that the council has to come round and clear it up. Shameful!

Ashley - thanks for your lovely comment! The cover artwork is a quilt by Jeri Riggs from New York (www.jeririggs.com) ... I think it is beautiful and deeply evocative and I'm very happy that she let me use it.

I think most people across the world have been struggling with the weather this year, at one extreme or the other.

sarahsvegetablepatch said...

Hi Rebsie, congrats on the cd release! I'll have to have a look when I come to UK next (love the samples on your website). Love the name too, I took my husband to London earlier this year and now any time he hears the word gap, he masters his best voice and calls out 'Mind the gap!'
How's the water situation now?


Rebsie Fairholm said...

Thanks Sarah! One reason I called it Mind The Gap was so I could have free advertising in London tube stations all day every day! :)

The water came back on after 8 days but we still have to boil it for drinking and it stinks of chlorine!

Celia Hart said...

... are you an Archers fan? (no you don't have to admit it in public!) but Tim Bentinck aka David Archer is the voice of "Mind the gap!" on the Piccadilly Line.

Rebsie Fairholm said...

Really? Haha, I didn't know that.

I used to listen to the Archers in the late 80s when I lived in a farm cottage. But only because the walls were so old and rotten I could hear it blaring through from the cottage next door and thought I might as well put it on myself.

Anonymous said...

Rebsie, is it better for you if I get the cd direct from you - otherwise I'll go via Lost Records.

Rebsie Fairholm said...

Aww, thanks John!

It doesn't really matter either way because the Lost Records pay their artists fairly. The postage would probably cost less direct from me, but I haven't actually got the stock yet! It should be arriving any day now.