Author Archives: Matt Howden

The Old Magic out with the New Moon

The Old Magic & The Other Side Of the River released yesterday. Thanks for the orders so far, folks, very much appreciated.

I’m supposing I caused some confusion with the ‘EPs turning into CDs’ thing, but these things come out in their own way, when they get a life of their own. I guess the easiest explanation is not to explain at all! In fact, even easier to let Adrian Ainsworth explain, in his lovely review, here.

Lovely to get such an amazing response to these albums, already.

Next up for Redroom is REDROOM 019, 7JK’s second album ‘Ride The Solar Tide’. This is done and dusted, and is currently off to be mastered. A slightly different lineup to the band now, as this album is just Maciek and I. And a new vibe. Very excited for you to hear this! Release date is 3rd November 2016, with an album launch at Wroclaw WIF Festival.

Yes, I’ve been busy.

A fabulous time playing with Sol Invictus at Prophecy Fest; thanks to them for the invite, and lovely to join up with the old gang after so long, and play with all round lovely man Don Anderson from Agalloch.

I have gigs next week in London and Brighton. then off to NCN festival to play all-new material with 7JK.

This will be a good while yet, but for REDROOM 020 I’m planning something special. Different. And secret. And ‘spring it on you’. Expect me when you least expect me! 😉

Matt – Aug 2016

The Old Magic & sister-album The Other Side Of The River have arrived ;)

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The Old Magic CD has just arrived, and is ready for release. For those of you reading her IT IS in fact released– I’ve pretty much dispensed with the idea of a release date (though the official date and digital release are 2 Aug 2016) as I’m a one-man band, not a business. Getting them out there will enable me to pay for Redroom 019 (7JK ‘Ride The Solar Tide’), do stuff like eating, fund my plan to row England nearer to Europe and attaching it, and clear space in the Redroom stockroom.

The Other Side Of the River is the sister-album to The old Magic, and will be a strictly limited to 500 copies, never re-pressed. The Old Magic CD brings together and develops the digital EP series, Lietuva, Norse and Briton into a cohesive whole. Most are newly recorded to fit seamlessly together as an album. The mood is firmly set in Roman Britain. (Or is it?) And more confrontational and hypnotic than previously. The Other Side Of the River CD includes all other tracks from the digital series, and original EP full-length versions. Some old faves here, too, reworked for 2016.

These are on sale NOW in my shop, here, as a pair. I’m not broadly advertising it yet, this is just for those of you who know to come here 🙂

Hope you’ll like these new works.

Matt Howden – June 2016

ps; some more details here:

THE OLD MAGIC CD TRACKS: Old Magic; Modron; Come, Raven King; Hillfort Mindse; Ready For Rebellion; Black Moon, Rise Again; A Hart For St Hubertus; The Other Side Of The River.

RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes. CAT NUMBER: Redroom Records 018
FORMAT: Maltese Cross digipack CD with artwork by Martin F Bedford.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER TRACKS: Loki 2015, The Old Magic (Norse EP), We Wait 2016.2, Knudlustysummer 2016, Ready For Rebellion (Norse EP), Love Must Wax Cold, Cult Of The Fallen 2016, Black Moon Rise Again (Lietuva EP), Loki Rides Again

RUNNING TIME: 55 mins CAT NUMBER: Redroom Records 017
FORMAT: Four panel digipack CD with artwork by Martin F Bedford.
(LIMITED EDITION OF 500)

RELEASE DATE FOR BOTH CDS: 2 Aug 2016

Written, performed and produced by Matt Howden, at Redroom Studio, Sheffield, England, 2016. Mastered by Dan Worrall.

The Other Side cover artLo Res The Old Magic cover art

Redroom release hot on the heels of The Old Magic

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Hot on the heels of The Old Magic (& sister album The Other Side Of The River) I’m pleased to announce REDROOM 019 –

7JK – Ride The Solar Tide.

7JK’s second album will release on Thursday, November 3rd 2016. Release party is the same day, at an old industrial waterworks (of course 😉 at WIF festival, Wroclaw, Poland. Prepare for trippy, string-heavy, industrial space rock meets 80’s Coldwave pop! Well, something like that. I think we’ve come up with something bloody marvelous, and am very proud of it. Redroom 017, 018, and 019 are unleashed soon! Going to have to go some to top these, with whatever Redroom 020 is. I might label ‘having a bit of a rest’ as Redroom 020, Factory Records style 😉 Doubt it, though.

Matt – June 2016

New Sieben CD, The Old Magic, on its way…

Lo Res The Old Magic cover art

PRESS RELEASE – REDROOM RECORDS – SIEBEN

The Old Magic, the new CD album from Sieben. and companion album, The Other Side Of The River are both released on August 2nd 2016.

The Old Magic CD brings together and develops the digital EP series, Lietuva, Norse and Briton into a cohesive whole. The mood is firmly set in Roman Britain. Matt Howden, Sieben, is in more confrontational and hypnotic mood than ever. The Other Side Of the River CD includes all other tracks from the digital series, and original EP full-length versions. Some old faves here, too, reworked for 2016.

THE OLD MAGIC CD TRACKS: Old Magic; Modron; Come, Raven King; Hillfort Mindse; Ready For Rebellion; Black Moon, Rise Again; A Hart For St Hubertus; The Other Side Of The River.

RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes. CAT NUMBER: Redroom Records 018

FORMAT: Maltese Cross digipack CD with artwork by Martin F Bedford.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER TRACKS: Loki 2015, The Old Magic (Norse EP), We Wait 2016.2, Knudlustysummer 2016, Ready For Rebellion (Norse EP), Love Must Wax Cold, Cult Of The Fallen 2016, Black Moon Rise Again (Lietuva EP), Loki Rides Again

RUNNING TIME: 55 mins CAT NUMBER: Redroom Records 017

FORMAT: Four panel digipack CD with artwork by Martin F Bedford.

(LIMITED EDITION OF 500)

RELEASE DATE FOR BOTH CDS: 2 Aug 2016

Written, performed and produced by Matt Howden, at Redroom Studio, Sheffield, England, 2016. Mastered by Dan Worrall.

www.matthowden.com

UK gigs; Sieben album coming; I saw the sun in the north of England; 7JK

Its true. Big, round yellow thing spotted in sky over Sheffield. Celebrating that I’ll be doing some UK shows, something I don’t do too often. Principally because no-one asks me, of course. I’ll be in York and Brighton with The Silver Darlings; possibly London, Croyden, too –  and of course pigging Sheffield.

Having decided to stay out of Sheffield for a bit, ‘take my ball back’ and hope somebody actually noticed to miss me, the Gods Of Local Gigs, cruel masters that they are have given me, well, lots of local gigs… Details of those to follow as they happen! (Slightly before they happen, that might in fact be more useful to you).

The Old Magic (and The Other Side Of The River bonus CD) are about to go off for manufacture, so you’ll be harangued to buy these, sometime soon! Been a long journey of writing, releasing the Eps, re-working and re-writing for the CDs. But who knows, it might even have been worth it.

7JK, myself and Poland’s Job Karma are also halfway through writing the second 7JK album, and its developing nicely. We’ll also possibly have a couple of festivals to play these songs live, soon, too- somewhere in Europe, where the big yellow thing appears more often…

Matt Howden – May 2016

Briton EP out today!

Hillfort Mindset by Martin Bedford

Hillfort Mindset by Martin Bedford

Briton EP is now out, with the Full Moon.

I started this series of three EPs back at the start of 2015, with some vague notion of combining them into two CDs at the end. Since then, rather beautifully (these things have a mind of their own) the songs and themes have generated themselves into something new. Add to that the fact that I tried listening to all six new long tracks back to back, as I’d planned for the album, and it was a bit heavy going, and didn’t really work. These things are a whole, to me, at least.

With that in mind, and being the serial tweaker/re-worker/re-recorder that I am, I’ll be ‘going at’ some of the tracks again for The Old Magic CD. Developments in the feel and sound of Briton want me to bring everything else more in line, make this album a ‘whole’ rather than collection of EPs. I work best when each ‘thing’ (each product, each release) works as a whole, rather than just a vessel for a collection of songs.

Ah, I’m only going to do a bit: re-record Black Moon Rise Again (again again!); The Old Magic track, shorter and with more impact; totally shorten and power up Ready For Rebellion (done, tick that one off); add two new tracks, St Huburtus (written) and St Hilde (to do). The bonus CD will also get the same ‘Howdening’. On The Other Side Of the River will contain Loki, We Wait, and Loki Rides Again (as is, happy with them); Cult Of The Fallen and Knudlustysummer (already re-worked into 2016 version) plus a new track, and original EP versions not on the main CD.

Quite simply, I’ve given up following the conventions of the industry and simply am following what the music commands of me. Apologies if it seems like a pig’s ear, it is what it is. More like seeing the inside of my head than ever before. I usually have solid shapes and formed plans before I start these things. I should also have made you some kind of diagram and colour chart, pointing to various bits of my brain, with a Key down the side. In the end its the music that should, and does run the show. I just did what it said.

Matt Howden 22 Feb 2016

Briton EP

Briton EP is available to purchase on my Bandcamp, here.

Technically its not released til 22 Feb, but I’ve set all tracks to be immediately downloadable. each of the four tracks come with its own artwork.

I’m just not going to tell anyone else until 22nd February!

Hope you’ll like it- I’ve worked my ears off with mixing these.

Matt Howden – Feb 2016

Come, Raven King. Artwork by Martin F Bedford

Come, Raven King. Artwork by Martin F Bedford

Briton EP on its way

Briton EP out very soon, its in the process of being mastered. I’ve slaved over this one, for sure. And this will conclude my Ep trilogy. I’m re-working, re-recording (why are you not surprised, I ask myself? 😉 tracks after that, for The Old Magic CD, it won’t simply be the new tracks from the EP. I tried it, laying it out and listening, in several ways. It demanded to be its own thing, so it will be that.

Gigs in Vienna, (near) Barcelona, and Rome just announced and happening in Feb and March.

I’m back off to a darkened room to work on The Old Magic. Looking forward to hearing people’s responses to Briton EP, too 😉 the tracks are as follows:

Modron

Hillfort Mindset

Come, Raven King

We wait 2016

Of course I’ll be letting those of you on my mailing list know first, as soon as its all ready to go. Offical release may well be 22 February, with the New Moon, but I’ll let you all know before that 🙂

Matt

Hillfort Mindset by Martin Bedford

Hillfort Mindset by Martin Bedford

Norse EP released today :)

lo res Loki Rides AgainNorse EP released today, with the New Moon. You can buy it all sorts of places online, but also (and best for me, as an independent artist) from my Bandcamp. Might be cheaper on iTunes etc for you 🙂 Or simply wait for the CD release next year – you can still listen now on Bandcamp, should you wish to.

Go for the full bandwidth audio, though, if you want the full experience 🙂 I’ve worked long and hard on the sonic quality of these four tracks, you might want to hear those details! Though, equally you might just want to hoover and yowl along, ignoring said sonic qualities, and just enjoy the beat- feel free!

Matt Howden – 11 November 2015

 

 

Norse EP out Wednesday 11 Nov

Norse EP, the second of three digital releases that will form the new Sieben album The Old Magic, (and related ‘Rework The Old Magic’ extra CD) is released Weds 11 Nov. Then I’ll start working on Britannic/Briton EP- not sure what it’ll be called exactly, as yet…

If you’re coming to see me live you can pick up limited edition woodcuts with a digital download code on the back for both Lietuva and Norse EPs. If you’re a regular patron of Sieben you can always message and arrange for me to send you one, though I’ve deliberately kept them out of my shop as they’re limited editions of 25 and 30 for the first and second EP.

Looking forward to gigs in Stockholm, Munich and Lobau in the next couple of weeks. And getting on with the final tracks for The Old Magic.

You can hear, and purchase Norse EP at my Bandcamp 🙂

Matt Howden – 9 Nov 2015

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