A Message from the Long-Eared Owl
Message from the Long-Eared Guillemots Ambassador!
|Hello good people!
I hope you are all very well and feeling iridescent ..
Here is a picture from online of a Long Eared Owl.
So this is me Fyfe writing on behalf of ye Guillemots music & sonic clan.
I just wanted to keep you people updated about this new album, the next one in the four-album-series-that-was-supposed-to-take-one-year-in-total-but-has-ended-up-having-a-more-open-ended-timescale-but-will-still-definitely-happen-as-a-four-album-series-in-its-own-due-course-of-course-oh!-oh!-oh!-oh!-there’s-just-so-much-music-to-make-and-that’s-just-the-way-it-should-be ..
I haven’t been putting much online just because I’d expect you’d get a bit bored of notices popping up like a cuckoo clock every two weeks going “it’s nearly done now!”.
But this note is just to say, to anyone that is wondering – I’ve been constantly going back and forth between the UK and Jonas’s place in Norway over these last few months, carrying on working on this new record .. and it’s as exciting me as much as ever, and it really is not far from being done now, but quite how far “far” is .. well, who can be sure? Anyway, I haven’t emigrated to the Bahamas to produce bassoon-based reggae funk or anything .. though one day, maybe ..
It’s just become a beautiful thing that really means a great deal to me personally, and the thought of it being released before it is everything I believe it can be is very uuuuuuuuggggghhhhhh . .
In conversations recently I’ve decided that maybe it’s a bit like perfumery. I know nothing about perfumery. But so much of the time is just spent trying things, trying this, trying that, trying to balance things in infinitely variable ways just to end up with the right feeling – the right fragrance if you like! – that can transport you away into a magical place. I don’t go to a magical place every time I put after-shave on but you know what I mean. The only way you can know if the music’s working is by the feeling it gives you. Chasing the feeling – that’s what it’s all been about. “That sounds good” is not enough ..
This probably all sounds like needless philosophy when all you guys want really is a release date, but I can’t give you a release date yet because we don’t know it yet! But I will let you know when we know. In the meantime, though, please take it from me, the horse-bird’s mouth, that work has not ceased in trying to create something that will make you people really really happy when you do finally get to hear it, even if you had to wait a bit longer than we all first thought you would. It’ll be worth it, I reckon. And it’s a really special thing to know that there are actually some of you out there waiting to hear it too .. that means a LOT, ye all ..
As for shows, there aren’t currently any plans because until this is all done I can’t really get my head around having live dates lined up. But there are ideas for shows, for sure! Big ideas! But one thing at a time ..
So .. in the meantime, thank you all so much, and I’ll let you know once there’s more news ..
With loads of love,
Your short-sighted, long-eared Guillemots ambassador, as ever
Fyfe “Sweet Potato” Dangerfield xx
January 26, 2013 at 12:33PM
January 08, 2013 at 07:00PM
Check out Magrao’s new project LUNGS !!! http://www.facebook.com/lungslungslungs
December 19, 2012 at 03:59PM
Christmas message from Fyfe on the website!
News | Guillemots | Our Online Home
* | – ^ .. Hallo! …
.. well, a few little things to say in this Yuletide. Firstly, have a wonderful Christmas. Secondly, may 2013 be a thing of dreams for you. Thirdly, thanks so much to anyone who bought Hello Land! this year or came to see us play. And fourthly – about this four album series – i’m really sorry to anyone that’s been waiting on the remaining three .. it was the most heartfelt plan, to get them all out this year .. but things haven taken on a life of their own, beyond pretty plans .. this second album has been like a world of hanging gardens i didn’t know were there. We could have put it out half-dressed .. sometimes that’s the perfect thing to do, but it didn’t seem right on this one.
Naturally a lot of the time has been spent walking down potentially magic roads only to find a skip full of rotting bananas, and having to turn round again .. but that’s part of any creativity. There’s also the times when a dolphin zooms over out of nowhere and throws you an emerald and a ripe pomegranate, and a piece of music suddenly sounds like it was always meant to. Trial and adventure. But you can start taking things far too seriously when you work on them too long without a break. So now – time with friends and family – then i return to Norway in January, the walking embodiment of a belly laugh.
As for the new timescale .. the honest answer is that i don’t know, but i won’t slack on you people. I do hope that it won’t be awfully long before you’re hearing this one .. and then .. onwards .. by some point or another, the four albums will appear. So much is still to become clear .. the future is uncertain .. but that’s wonderful – it leaves space for surprise .. and yes, indeed, i hope to fully surprise both you and us! The wildest dreams are flying back to me now! Did i join the circus a while back when i only meant to stay the night? Hmm. Not sure. But there can be no room for the predictable now – it’s wonderland or nothing, and we are in wonderland!
With true festive love,
December 12, 2012 at 06:01PM
December 07, 2012 at 09:16PM
HeY …. ChecK out My Portfolio at SEE I ME…. X
October 19, 2012 at 04:45PM
Here’s one of them…
Guillemots – MC Lord Magrão
October 19, 2012 at 04:45PM
Wayne Fox has taken some great Guillemots shots in the past and he’s exhibiting some of them here on 27 October – 2nd November. The event is also collecting for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Midlands Music Photography Exhibition!
October 12, 2012 at 01:04PM
Have you subscribed to the Guillemots mailing list yet? you’ll get updates from the studio, links to video content and other weekly news items. Right now, new subscribers can get a free download of Up On The Ride from Hello Land!
Mailing List :: The Guillemots’ Emporium of Fine Things
September 21, 2012 at 01:27PM
….and you can PRE-ORDER the forthcoming album direct from the band’s shop now
Guillemots – FORTHCOMING GUILLEMOTS ALBUM :: The Guillemots’ Emporium of Fine Things
September 21, 2012 at 01:23PM
We’ve added some Guillemots merch to The Emporium of Fine Things…
Guillemots Jacknife Screen Printed Tour Poster & Green Doodle T-Shirt Bundle :: The Guillemots’ Empo
September 17, 2012 at 11:47AM
Here you go – for those that missed Saturday’s session…
BBC Radio 6 Music – The Tom Robinson Show, 15/09/2012, Guillemots in session for Tom Robinson
September 11, 2012 at 12:23PM
Tune in to Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music this Saturday as the band are performing a live session!
Which prompts the question, what would you like to hear?
BBC Radio 6 Music – The Tom Robinson Show
August 28, 2012 at 02:59PM
Guillemots are playing at The Big Feastival this coming Sunday and we’re told that tickets are extremely limited!
Find out all about the festival and book tickets via the link below before they sell out!
The Big Feastival
August 21, 2012 at 03:15PM
Galtres Festival on Saturday… see you there?
Guillemots – Galtres Festival, Yorkshire
August 17, 2012 at 01:37PM
Don’t forget – Fyfe is talking to Radcliffe and Maconie this afternoon, at about 2pm… there should be a new track exclusive too, we think….
BBC – BBC Radio 6 Music Programmes – Radcliffe and Maconie, Friday – Guillemots
August 16, 2012 at 03:12PM
Who’s on the Guillemots mailing list then (sign up at guillemots.com)?
If you are then you may already know Fyfe is talking to Radcliffe and Maconie on 6 Music tomorrow about the Summer album and playing a preview of a new song…
Guillemots | Our Online Home
August 15, 2012 at 12:50PM
Did any of you hear Fyfe on Radio 2 last night?
The interview, exclusive session track (about 40mins in), free play choices, spoken word feature and a play for Southern Winds all went out on Janice Long’s Radio 2 show last night.
Tune in from about 13m50s….
BBC – Radio 2 Janice Long – 15/08/2012
August 14, 2012 at 03:50PM
MC on the Rhine!
@guillemotspics | Mc on the Rhine
August 13, 2012 at 11:49AM
More pictures from the weekend…
August 09, 2012 at 04:08PM
Crepes & salmon for dinner
August 09, 2012 at 03:10PM
Hello! Just done another short piece for SoundShoots. You can check it out here … http://www.soundshoots.com/artist/mclordmagrao/track/332 … would be cool to know what you think of it! MC x
Fall on SoundShoots
August 09, 2012 at 12:51PM
August 09, 2012 at 11:28AM
Here is some news from Galtres Festival in Yorkshire, where Guillemots are playing on August 25:
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To celebrate Team GB’s amazing successes, Galtres Festival is offering a whopping discount on tickets that get you to see Guillemots along with ASH, The Buzzcocks, AdamAnt, Ocean Colour Scene, Billy Bragg, Seth Lakeman, and 100 more top artists in a beautiful hilltop arena near York.
Just £60 will get you in for the whole August Bank Holiday Weekend if you buy your ticket now, during the Olympics. That’s only £20 per day for more fun in a field than you could shake a javelin at!
100 fine beers and ciders, dragons and knights, excellent local food, seven stages, comedy and cabaret all add up to one of the best family festivals in the country – and now at an amazingly low price. A family of five can get in for as little as £107, and there are hundreds of great things for the kids to do including a live jousting tournament and a Dragon Ball.
To buy your massively discounted tickets go to http://www.galtresfestival.org.uk/ , click on SHOP, and enter the discount code GOLD at checkout. But don’t hang about – this is a limited offer while the Olympics are on.
Forest of Galtres Festival 2012
August 09, 2012 at 10:31AM
Madam Hawkes on da voice x
August 09, 2012 at 10:31AM
We have the tools to summon up the Norse Gods
August 09, 2012 at 10:31AM
Wine & music. Going to be a long night.
August 09, 2012 at 10:31AM
Drums drums drums & drums
August 08, 2012 at 03:41PM
August 08, 2012 at 03:40PM
Sun is out
August 08, 2012 at 12:50PM
Guillemots will be in Germany this weekend, playing at the Haldern Pop Festival. Find them at the Spiegeltent…
Festivalnews | Haldern Pop
The band are making some videos behind the scenes of the recording process and uploading them to their new YouTube channel. Search for guillemotsTV.
A late update…
Hello there to ye all & one. This is a little note to highlight the fact that here and now we are giving you a free download of the track “Fleet” from our first album of the year “Hello Land!”. If you already have the album, then this will be of minimal excitement to you, but you can rest safe in the knowledge that you are LITERALLY one step ahead – of what, I’m not sure, but of something – because you already have our album. But if you don’t, and you enjoy listening to it, then, well, good. “Hello Land!” is ready and waiting for you HERE, should you like the idea of investigating further. I hope this is clear. Thank you.
Here also is a video shot by the resplendent Tim Chipping from a gig we did earlier in the year called Positive Blackout at the wonderful Village Underground venue. Both nights had a bunch of performances from all kinds of fish and fowl, well, no actually, just people, the only premise being that there was no amplification at all. And this is the bit in the night – well there were two nights, but this is one of them – where we sang “Fleet”.
Okay, I think this is all for now. The summer album is currently being incubated for you. Not sure if incubated is the right word there, that sounded wrong, but anyhow. . . something like that. Can’t wait for you to hear it. August, I hope. There is also talk of some sort of Twitter conversation between myself and whoever may like to ask things, at some point in the coming weeks. We will keep you informed of developments in this regard.