I’m back in England reflecting on the fact that the strangeness of the entire Duomo event and the accompanying experiences meant that I felt like I was experiencing some kind of pleasant breakdown throughout my time in Milan. My excessive consumption of coffee probably didn’t help!
Alice, as always, was hospitable and generous towards everyone, and it was nice to work again with Steve Jansen for the first time in almost four years.
I’ve been told that the event was filmed, most likely for commercial DVD release, so here’s hoping that the ‘legendary Keroauc loops’ work well enough outside of the moment.
The Invisible Man, Mr Picking, has provided me with another nearly complete mix of a song from the forthcoming solo album, which tantalisingly suggests that the completed project will have range as well as quality.
I think I’ve settled on a tight, cohesive (yet eclectic) 10 track album, of which we’ve almost completed 7 of the songs. The other 3 tracks will probably be taken from a pool of around 7 other pieces that are currently under consideration.
After toying with myriad possibilities, I also think I’ve finally decided on a name for the album. A name which will hopefully evoke the sense that the material represents an exciting transitional phase or a dislocated new beginning as opposed to an obvious or exhausted extension of my previous work.
An excellent Carl Glover cover possibility has also emerged out of a misunderstanding with another client. As Eno’s Oblique Strategies have suggested, sometimes it’s worth honouring our mistakes as our hidden intentions.
Franco Battiato – L’Egitto prima delle sabbie
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
Paul Simon – The Paul Simon Songbook
Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts Of The Great Highway
Unkle – Never, Never Land
Dawn Of The Dead
Sweet Smell Of Success (DVD)