Tim Bowness and I are putting the finishing touches to a new album, a follow up to California, Norfolk (a mere 14 years after its release!) We’ve continued to write songs on and off together over the intervening years. Some have made their way to other projects (Slow Electric and A Marble Calm), while a few others have been hanging around waiting for the right arrangement. About half of the material has been written in the last couple of years, and I think is our best work to date.
I’ll post more details on it later. In the meantime, California Norfolk was remastered by Mike Bearpark and reissued in 2014 with a a second disk packed with bonus content. We’re expect to have it available as a digital download very soon. Here’s the full blurb:
Originally released in 2002, California, Norfolk was the debut album from Tim Bowness (No-Man/Henry Fool) and Peter Chilvers (Brian Eno/Karl Hyde).
Burning Shed’s first ever official cd release, available online only, the album quickly sold out and has been available for inflated prices on eBay for the best part of a decade.
Combining electronic textures and found sounds with panoramic arrangements and poignant lyrics, the album’s synthesis of singer-songwriter intimacy and imaginative production values distinctively echoes aspects of The Blue Nile, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Nick Drake, Peter Gabriel, and Brian Eno’s work.
From the orchestral sweep of Hostage to the cinematic ambition of the 10 minute Winter With You via the slow-building intensity of Days Turn Into Years, the album forms a coherent suite of musical short stories that rates amongst the duo’s strongest work.
Ballad Electronica, 21st Century Ambient Folk, or perhaps the soundtrack to the best film you’ve never seen, this 2013 double cd reissue features the original album (re-mastered by Michael Bearpark) plus Overstrand (a collection of alternate versions), unreleased material earmarked for a follow-up album, and an EP’s worth of live performances.
Presented in a deluxe dvd-sized digi-book, which includes sleeve notes by Tim Bowness and Peter Chilvers in addition to previously unseen artwork by Carl Glover.