26 Jun 2010

Listening Wind and I Don't Remember

Today sees the sixth of the double a-side reciprocal releases on iTunes in the 'Scratch My Back' and 'I'll Scratch Yours' series. David Byrne has recorded a fantastic version of 'I Don't Remember' in return of Peter's version of 'Listening Wind'.

Peter, Bob Ezrin and John Metcalfe talk about the recording of 'Listening Wind' in our video. Unfortunatly we didn't manage to get David Byrne in-front of a camera, although he did send us some thoughts:

Why did you choose to cover Don't Remember?

"I didn't. Peter suggested it. I was aiming for something more obscure, or a lesser known song that I could make unrecognizable or radically rework. That song is a favorite I'm sure, so a lot of fans will be somewhat attached to the original arrangement. But I did have an angle, an approach, and I guess that intrigued Peter."

How did you approach the cover - musically, technically etc etc?

"I realized that the tempo, the groove and the catchy chorus might be perfect for an uplifting clubby treatment- which would give a nice spin on the lyrics. In the original the vibe is quite dark, paranoid even....I thought the falsetto vocal and club groove would make the alienation and amnesia subject pleasant- almost desirable. I thought my version might imply a willing sublime surrender to memory loss."

Do you have any thoughts or response to Peter Gabriel's cover of Listening Wind?

"It's lovely- it brings out the incantation in the song. What a choice at this time politically though! One could get waterboarded for singing that song in the wrong place!"

all the best



10 Feb 2010

Listen to 'Scratch My Back' in full

The Guardian have an exclusive preview of Peter Gabriel's new album, you can stream the whole of 'Scratch My Back'

04 Feb 2010

Peter Gabriel introduces Real World Records for Winter 2009/10

Peter took a moment away from all things 'Scratch My Back' to introduce some of the music from Real World Records that's been filling his ears over the winter months.

Peter introduces music from Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara's 'Trance Sessions', Portico Quartet's 'Isla', Spiro's 'Lightbox', Charlie Winston's 'Hobo', The Black Swan Effect, Tom Kerstens' 'Utopia', the upcoming Syriana project and Toumast's upcoming 'Amachal'.


03 Sep 2009

Charlie Winston Plays Peace One Day 21 September 2009

Charlie Winston will be playing the Peace One Day concert in Paris on Saturday September the 21st. This is the 10th anniversary of the Peace One Day concerts and this year the line-up features Kasabian, Ayo, Olivia Ruiz, Keziah Jones and Lenny Kravitz as well as of course, Charlie Winston.

The venue this year is the Grand Rex in Paris.

18 Aug 2009

Remembering Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Sunday 16th August marked the 12th anniversary of the death of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, also known as Shahen-Shah-e-Qawwali which translates as 'The Brightest Star in Qawwali'.

Qawwali music is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia with a tradition which stretches back for hundreds of years. It is a primarily vocal music with eight or nine singers accompanied by one or two harmoniums and percussion. The best Qawwali draws and holds the audience's attention, altering the listener's state of consciousness to make it intensely receptive of the content.

Nusrat was responsible for bringing Qawwali music from Pakistan to the Western world and this was largely due to his collaborations with many Western artists. He collaborated with Peter Gabriel for the album 'Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ a film by Martin Scorsese'. Nusrat also sang with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam on the film soundtrack to 'Dead Man Walking' exposing his unique voice to a global audience.

Nusrat has one of the largest recorded outputs of any artist with over 125 albums to his name. His collaborations on Real World Records with Michael Brook are regarded as modern classics - 1990's 'Mustt Mustt' and 'Night Song' from 1996.

The late singer Jeff Buckley was a huge fan and referred to Nusrat as "My Elvis".

Nusrat's voice and music continue to enrapture and entertain audiences worldwide and his legacy lives on, inspiring artists from all different creative backgrounds.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - October 13, 1948 - August 16, 1997.