13 August 2014
Non Stop Erotic Cabaret - Back on Vinyl for a Limited Time!
As part of Universal Music's Pop Sounds Presents The '80s summer campaign we're very excited to announce that Soft Cell's seminal debut album Non Stop Erotic Cabaret has been given a special, limited re-press on 180gm vinyl with the original sleeve art, inserts and lyrics reproduced in full. It was mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original analogue tapes onto heavy-duty vinyl so it sounds better than ever. Get your copy here: http://po.st/SoftCellVinyl
31 July 2014
After the excellent BBC4 documentary on Northern Soul, which I briefly featured in, I dug into my archives and found some rough demos of Northern Soul songs I had intended to record properly amongst others for an album of Northern Soul songs. Sadly, it seems likely this album will never materialise as too many other projects are on the go. The tracks are Night Owl (Bobby Paris), Run Like The Devil (Kenny Roberts), Love's Gone Bad (Chris Clarke), Beautiful Day (Solomon King) and I'll Be Gone (Teddy Scott) and are now available for you to listen to via my YouTube Channel. After The Laughter Comes Tears (Gene Chandler /Wendy Rene) was also recorded live at this time but the quality isn't good enough to post. I hope you enjoy these for what they are and also discover the originals.
26 July 2014
Marc received an Honorary Fellowship for the Leeds College Of Music yesterday, Friday 25 July. Marc was very touched and honoured to receive this Fellowship in a City that has been such a big part of his musical heritage. He wishes all the music students receiving degrees that day all the luck and success in their futures.
19 July 2014
Marc recently took part in the recording of a documentary entitled Northern Soul: Living For The Weekend and it is currently scheduled to be broadcast on Friday 25 July at 9.30pm on BBC4.
9 July 2014
A DVD and CD double pack of Ten Plagues, the award winning one man song cycle, is available now. Performed by Marc Almond, with piano accompaniment from Conor Mitchell, and filmed at the historic Wilton's Music Hall, Ten Plagues tells the intense story of one man's survival through the great plague of London in 1665 whilst drawing poetic parallels to more modern epidemics. The accompanying CD in this double package features a brand new studio recording of the complete work. Ten Plagues DVD/CD package is available in stores now or direct from Cherry Red for £11.99.
8 July 2014
Marc Almond has been added to the bill for Tony Visconti and Holy Holy's performance of The Man Who Sold The World at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 22 September. He will sing After All in the first part of the show and he'll also duet with Glenn Gregory on Watch That Man for the second part of the evening. An interview with Marc regarding this and his thoughts on David Bowie can be found at DavidBowie.com. Tickets for the show are available now from TicketWeb. To keep up with news regarding these shows see the Holy Holy Bowie page on Facebook. Please note that although there are several of these shows advertised Marc wil only be appearing at the Shepherd's Bush Empire show on 22 September.
26 June 2014
The new album from Othon, entitled Pineal, was released on 23 June and features Marc Almond singing the track Cobra Coral.Released through Strike Force Entertainment, part of its profits will go to the Kaxinawá people of the Amazon and the Beckley Foundation, which carries out pioneering research into psychoactive drugs and consciousness, and promotes evidence-based, health-oriented drug policy reform. The album is available to order now on CD direct from Cherry Red or download from iTunes
29 May 2014
The Dancing Marquis and Tasmanian Tiger EP's come together with four new tracks to make the full Dancing Marquis album which will be released on 16 June 2014. Featuring collaborations with Tony Visconti, Jarvis Cocker, Carl Barat and Martin McCarrick, to name just a few, the ten tracks are The Dancing Marquis, Burn Bright, Tasmanian Tiger, Worship Me Now, Love Is Not On Trial, Death Of A Dandy, So What's Tonight?, Idiot Dancing, Worship Me Now (Starcluster Remix), Worship Me Now (Spatial Awareness Remix). The album is available to pre-order now direct from Cherry Red.
23 May 2014
Ten Plagues, the award winning one man song cycle, is released on DVD and CD on 7 July 2014. Performed by Marc Almond, with piano accompaniment from Conor Mitchell, and filmed at the historic Wilton's Music Hall, Ten Plagues tells the intense story of one man's survival through the great plague of London in 1665 whilst drawing poetic parallels to more modern epidemics. The accompanying CD in this double package features a brand new studio recording of the complete work. Ten Plagues DVD/CD package is available to pre-order now for £11.99 direct from Cherry Red.
18 March 2014
The A Mighty Big If event returns to The House Of St Barnabas and following the release of The Tyburn Tree the first one will see Richard Strange in conversation with Marc discussing the dark stories contained within. The event takes place on 14 April at The House Of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London and tickets can be obtained by clicking here.
The Guardian: The searing Almond is magnificent all through.
The Times: Almond's voice oozes satanic undertones.
The Observer: The echoing, crepuscular atmosphere is dominated by Almond's impressive neo-operatic singing (some distance from electro-pop!).
Prog Rock Magazine: Marc Almond's committed, theatrical performances work perfectly
Crepsicule Culture: The Tyburn Tree consistently features Almond's flexible and extremely well trained voice with an ever changing score from John Harle. Harle and Almond's influence on the music completely overlap.
The Arts Desk: It's hard to countenance sometimes that there was an era where Marc Almond could have been a bona fide, chart-smashing pop star. His ability to parlay the archest of high camp and the most grotesque of low life into something digestible by genuine mass culture was, from the very beginning, quite uncanny. There was always a sulphurous whiff of something downright Luciferian about him, yet enough fragility to make the act seem all too real – an infinitely more convincing and intriguing character than more recent more self-conscious attempts at 'transgressive' pop like the gallumphing vaudeville clown Marilyn Manson (who tried to steal a little of Almond's cold fire by repurposing his Tainted Love cover). Almond has seemed to fare equally well away from the charts, though. Everything he has done, whether performed to ten people or ten million, has felt like part of one unending secret cabaret which we are just voyeurs in. This latest project with the saxophonist and composer (and writer of the Silent Witness theme!) Harle certainly lets us look in on that cabaret for a while, and it seems to be in full swing, with the album coming over like a cavalcade of deranged acts performing songs and pantomime based around London's dark undercurrents: what Alan Moore describes as the city's "free-associating stone subconscious". Bringing in chunks of William Blake, dollops of nursery rhyme, snippets of narration by psycho-geographer of the capital Iain Sinclair, roaring choirs, roistering electropop, walloping great chunks of prog-punk guitar-strangling and Almond in full operatic mode, it should by rights be really hard work, but in fact it's really quite gripping. In its delirium, it automatically conjures Tim Burton and Jan Švankmajer images in the mind, marionettes, silhouettes, flashing lights and grand guignol, and like everything else in Almond's career, it's quite uncanny and unlikely that he carries it off – but he does.
Record Collector: It's hard to imagine a better-qualified and more ardent master of ceremonies than this erstwhile Mamba and Soft Cellmate for The Tyburn Tree, a 'Dark London' song cycle, which sifts with grim relish through some of the capital city's bleakest historical episodes. The emotional breadth of Almond's compelling, immersive performances.
The Sun: The combination of saxophonist/composer Harle and the theatrical vocals of one-time Soft Cell singer Almond prove perfect for exploring London's sinister side. Harle's atmospheric soundscapes draw on music hall and folk with a distinct whiff of prog rock and are set against Almond's lyrical take on Victorian Gothic horror.
Classic Pop: Almond is having the time of his life with his own lyrics. Ultimately, it's the blend of Almond's delivery and Harle's remarkable score - West End Musical meets gory horror flick - that makes this so remarkable.
Independent On Sunday: Marc Almond fronts the whole song-cycle with great brio.
Music Omh: The music itself is a treat for the ears: splendidly produced, clear and geared towards Almond's voice, the music holds an epic, sweeping, grand quality that befits a project like this. Almond's enunciation and signature vocal timbre is the highlight.
Thames Delta World Service: Marc Almond first ventured into quasi classical territory with John Harle last year, providing vocals on a couple of tracks on Harle's 'Art Music'. Now arrives 'The Tyburn Tree', a fully-fledged collaboration, steeped in theatre, art and poetry.
Uncut: No-one could accuse Marc Almond of trading on former glories: 2003's LP of Russian folk-songs and recent performance soy Mark Ravenhill's 'Ten Plagues' suggest that his artistic choices are becoming increasingly radical. His second outing with acclaimed composer John Harle is a song-cycle exploring the darkest depths of London's history, both real and mythical, pressing William Blake's poetry, nursery rhyme, traditional folk and the writings of Iain Sinclair (who guests) and John Dee into bracingly contemporary service. Almond's richly expressive voice is the unifying thread of a set-piece that demands attention but is far from dour, as the 60's pop-toned My Fair Lady and brilliantly OTT Labyrinth of Limehouse attest.
The Independent: We all know that Marc Almond can sing but it still comes as a shock to hear his thrillingly drawn-out climax to Harle's The Arrival Of Spring, emoting words adapted from William Blake with operatic oomph.
Gramophone Magazine: The first two movements of The Arrival Of Spring are seductively vocal (Marc Almond).
The Arts Desk: Marc Almond - clearly having a ball.
Culture Capital: The almost theatrical vocals on the gorgeous song 'Angel Eyes' have a simple trajectory at first listen, but pull it apart and the melody is unpredictable. Marc Almond relishes every note and every word – his voice is crisply clear. Alongside these pictures he evokes spring breaking after melted frost in the morning. Apparently this piece and the preceding 'In The Wood' were both composed on an iPad, in keeping with how Hockney produced his images.
Jazz Views: Heard on two of the tracks that make up 'The Arrival Of Spring' Almond's rich and full tenor voice graces 'In The Wood' and 'Angel Eyes', singing the words of William Blake against Harle's rich tapestry of strings, and finishes with a magnificent intervallic leap to conclude the second 'movement' and leading the way for the joyous finale of the suite's concluding title track with Sarah Leonard's soaring soprano.