The Objects LP is released, March 2017

Well, it took us longer than we thought it would, and we learned a whole bunch of stuff along the way. After two magical launch shows, one in Camden, one at The Cube, Bristol, ‘Objects’ is now out into the world. We’ve had plenty of airplay from 6 Music, BBC Bristol and various cool stations in Ireland and we’re stoked at the peoples’ responses. Just going to have a little rest then start making the next one. You can hear it on Spotify and buy it on Bandcamp.
Thanks for listening.

‘Wardrobe’, the first single from our debut LP, is released

To celebrate playing the Jazz Cafe in Camden for Timeout London’s Folk and Roots night with Front Room Songs, we’re releasing the first single from our debut LP ‘Objects’ today. You can download it for free at:

www.thenightjar.bandcamp.com

Watch the video made by the band’s very own Pete Thomas:

Or come and hear it live tonight at The Jazz Cafe in Camden. ‘Objects’ is out on March 17th 2017.

‘Wardrobe’ video premiered on Folk Radio UK

To mark the first single from our debut LP ‘Objects’, Folk Radio UK (FRUK) are running a premiere of the film for ‘Wardrobe’. You can watch it exclusively on their website, here: http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2017/01/video-premiere-nightjar-wardrobe-song-day/

The Nightjar receive PRSF funding for album launch shows

Just when you thought bleak, industrial folk music had had it’s day, then the kind people at the PRS Foundation go and give you an award. Back in September, we dreamt up some ambitious ideas for our album launch and then promptly dismissed them as we didn’t have any money. One of the band then put in a quiet, rather hopeful, application to the PRS Open Fund and to our great joy, we got it! So we’ve been secretly developing our live shows for March, to include music, experimental lighting, projections, films, animations… We’ve been able to employ two amazing Bristol artists, Anna Barrett and Paul Blakemore, to collaborate with and it’s shaping up to incredibly special.

The Bristol show is confirmed as the 17th March at The Cube with the London show to be announced shortly. We’ll let you know ticket links as soon as they’re up…

 

“Wardrobe” single premiered on Clash

So this won’t be out until February (followed by the album in March), but ‘Wardrobe’ the first single from our forthcoming album “Objects” is premiered for all on Clashmusic.com. You can read the article here and give the tune a listen!

http://clashmusic.com/news/premiere-the-nightjar-wardrobe

 

The Nightjar play the Jazz Cafe 24th Jan

Hugely exciting news! We’re to play the Jazz Cafe in January as part of Time Out’s Folk and Roots night. We’ll be on the bill with some amazing friends and peers including Snowkin, Whiskey Moon Face, Nina Harries and Ruth Theodore. Tickets can be found here:

https://www.timeout.com/london/shop/event-time-out-live-presents-folk-roots-jazz-cafe

This will not be anything short of a magical night.

Happy Christmas to all!

The Nightjar get crowdfunding for their first LP

Many thanks to all of our backers on our first crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo.com. We achieved our target, and more, and now have about £2500 to pump into our first album. We’ll be able to get it mastered, printed and even do a PR campaign so that it reaches a wider audience. We love this new culture of funding artists directly – and all of the democratizing of the industry that it promises. You can still get involved by pre-ordering the album on the link below.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-nightjar-album/x/12939941

Thank you again to all those who contributed and we urge everyone to get involved in music making in this way.

The Nightjar.

A Concert For Our Neighbours in Serta

So here we are in Serta, our Portugese hideaway to record our album. But meeting the neighbours is of the utmost importance wherever you are and whatever you are doing. So we’re playing a free concert in the beautiful Clube Da Serta in the Old Town. If you’re a resident or happen to be in the area, come down and say hello.unnamed

Thomas Ankersmit. Bill Orcutt. Oren Ambarchi and Will Guthrie

Thomas Ankersmit

We saw Thomas Ankersmit supporting Oren Ambarchi and I was inspired to look into some of these phenomenoms:

Infrasound, sometimes referred to as low-frequency sound, is sound that is lower in frequency than 20 Hz (hertz) or cycles per second, the “normal” limit of human hearing. Hearing becomes gradually less sensitive as frequency decreases, so for humans to perceive infrasound, the sound pressure must be sufficiently high. The ear is the primary organ for sensing infrasound, but at higher intensities it is possible to feel infrasound vibrations in various parts of the body. This frequency range is utilized for monitoring earthquakes, charting rock and petroleum formations below the earth, and also in ballistocardiography and seismocardiography to study the mechanics of the heart.

ballistocardiograph (BCG) is a measure of ballistic forces on the heart. Ballistocardiography is a technique for producing a graphical representation of repetitive motions of the human body arising from the sudden ejection of blood into the great vessels with each heart beat.

Oren Ambarchi

 

 

 

 

Re-appropriation of space and sound. Abandoned villages.

Our trip to Vogelsang, an abandoned district of Zehdenick in Brandenburg, Germany.  Our trip led us out of Berlin and through the quiet and sparse suburbs. The journey to Vogelsang was narrated with storys of the past, local and global history. We had Jon with us, a history teacher and storyteller extrordinaire.

We parked the car at a tiny empty railway station and began the journey guided by various GPS phone assistants. As far as I could tell the GPS just showed a red dot, in the middle of a green screen. The green screen was forest. Jon led us through the green screen where we found mushrooms that looked like soft coral. We were getting further away from civilisation.

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We then found a road overgrown and covered by mulch but clearly still used, presumable by forest workers. This led us to Vogelsang.

 

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We are silent for much of our time in Vogelsang but we stuck together. The first few building seemed domestic, with bedrooms and kitchens, hand painted geometric patterns on the walls. The interiors and building were bare, stripped of anything valuable, often defaced and decorated by vandals and artists. The space had deteriorated with passing time and lack of care. The forest was encroaching upon the structures; tall thin trees barred the windows when looking out from inside giving a sense of invasion, and entrapment. A sense that provokes an instinct to flee. The buildings passively retained their purpose and identity despite desolving into the landscape. We peeked around dark corners always on the back foot and prepared to flee from anything unexpected or shocking.
Vogelsang concert hall

We stumbled upon the concert hall and began to navigate the space and sound. A startling space full of the memory of occasion. I was struck and impressed by the vastness and resonance of the space and its specific purpose. This was a space designed to be full of audiences, listeners. Now full of the sound of space. We had a good listen then begun exploring with sound. Its ability to fill and how it responds to containment.

Notes on discussion on the way home in The Book Of Collective Conciousness.

Notes from Book

On the journey home we decided that it was essential that we are able to record our sound experments and explorations. Experiance of space is becoming an intergral part of our creative process.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hericium_coralloides

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vogelsang,_Zehdenick

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20079147