Just a reminder that Woodpigeon plays at Servant Jazz Quarters tonight and will be playing a show with Vashti Bunyan at Kings Place on Friday.
New album T R O U B L E due out on 1 April
TONIGHT – 9 March at Servant Jazz Quarters, London
Friday 11 March – at Kings Place, supporting Vashti Bunyan
Watch a magical live acoustic performance via The Blogoteque in Paris:
In advance of the release of Woodpigeon‘s finest album to date, T R O U B L E (on 1 April), Mark Andrew Hamilton will be hitting London with a couple of gigs including an intimate headline show tonight at Servant Jazz Quarters and then a support slot for a very rare Vashti Bunyan gig at Kings Place on Friday, 11 March.
Canadian musician Woodpigeon, a.k.a. Mark Andrew Hamilton, has emerged from a brief hiatus to release his sixth full-length T R O U B L E (due out on 1 April via wiaiwya). Merging the best of John Grant with Avalon era Roxy Music, Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night, and a nod towards Kanye West’s Yeezus, the sounds are transposed to a largely acoustic setting feeding off influences from his travels across the globe.
Listen to “Whole Body Shakes”
This is a record about rhythm and sex and sadness. Previous Woodpigeon LPs have been epic affairs about falling in love with the interplay between choirs and symphonies, guitars and voices. This one narrows things down to the finest point, because so often less is so much more. As Hamilton points out: “It’s the loudest thing I’ve ever made.”
WATCH video for “Faithful” by Woodpigeon
Before this release, Hamilton had all but quit music following a messy heartbreak. He wandered the earth for two years, through the South of France, Paris, New York City, Turkey and across Canada from one end to the other – twice. He brought his guitar to Buenos Aires, although he wasn’t sure why. It was there that he began to write again. Finally returned to Canada and continued working on new material. It was freeing to write without any real rules. Many of the songs don’t follow typical formats and chord structures but rather fold in upon themselves in a cyclical way, patterns indirectly inspired by music he heard in Turkey and Argentina.
The songs were so different from anything that he had done before that Hamilton even toyed with changing the name to create a new beginning, a fresh start. Despite being under the same Woodpigeon moniker, T R O U B L E is a huge step forward and the finest album of a storied career. Even the album name has multiple meanings. As he explains; “Trouble can refer to bad shit coming or getting naked with someone… Either way, really.” Ready to get in to trouble?