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2016 coming to a close

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Been a busy, and lovely music-filled year, on the road and releasing music. I’ve had great gigs, and lovely times in Bakewell, Balver H枚hle (DE), Brighton, Deutzen (DE), London, Lleida (ESP), Newby Bridge, Rome (IT), Sheffield, Vienna (AT), Whitby, Wroclaw (PL) and York. My gig lists back to back are always quite strange. I’m not sure Newby Bridge, Rome and Vienna make it to most gig lists together, nor even in the same sentence! I wouldn’t have it any other way. Along the way, these incorporated a new festival, Hillsfest, and an established one in Whitby’s聽Musicport, that I had the pleasure of playing for the first time. Playing support for Vieux Farka Toure in Lleida was also a definite highlight. BBC Music Day in my hometown, Sheffield, too. And 7JK concerts in Germany and Poland, with all new material.

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In 2016 I’ve released the latest Sieben album The Old Magic, and sister album The Other Side Of the River, along with a second 7JK album Ride The Solar Tide, all of which I’m very happy with. Not sure when the next Redroom release may聽be, but possibly not 2017, at least for a Redroom physical release. If you haven’t any of the above, feel free to visit my shop and purchase them, I could do with the space, and I like them being out there, being heard 馃檪 Those ordering from Europe still have a couple of weeks to ensure getting it before Christmas, if its a gift; those further afield only a couple of days. I’ll be including extras with orders, too, to keep the gods of Santa and Commercialism appeased. And because I appreciate people who are still buying music 馃檪

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I’m currently laying the floorboards for the latest incarnation of my Redroom studio, its sixth place of residence. And I have vague plans, as my next Redroom release is release number 20: A Sieben album where I free myself from the shackles of ‘having to be able to play it live’. I may write some songs with ‘true’ verses and choruses, where the chords change (steady on, now!); I may do a couple with a band; possibly even some written on piano or from chords; hanging upside down suspended by elastic, if it sounds good. Not even sure yet, nor allowing myself to think hard about it. Until the sound-proofing is down, those floorboards are laid…

Thanks to all for the support with music; coming out to concerts, engaging in the music, booking the artists, buying the music, sharing the music, sorting the venues, making the posters, running the festivals, sharing the events and releases. For caring and loving. For the positivity we can make and emit, in a scary world.

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Matt Howden – 29 November 2016

ps: one more Sieben gig to go this year. A local one, for me. Regather, Sheffield, 21 Dec. supporting good friend Andy and his Silver Darlings. We’ll be out and about in the UK in 2017, with plans for London, Croyden, Brighton, and hopefully Edinburgh, Newcastle and Stirling. I’ll also be on the road in Europe, with concerts in Poland and Germany already pencilled in 馃檪

higgledy piggledy Autumn news

Its all聽higgledy piggledy when you move house, and studio! Redroom studio is now on its 5th location and will be cosier and freakier than ever. So, some random snippets of news:

The Old Magic is out and getting lovely reports!

Moving house has revealed the聽unsold back catalogue ‘mountain’. Damn that ‘economy of scale’.

Cats are winning the internet. Its now official.

7JK’s second spiffing album, Ride The Solar Tide is out in a few weeks. available from my shop, now, though 馃槈

Looking forward very much to playing at Music Port Festival in Whitby in a couple of weeks time.

After that I’m in Wroclaw, Poland, for the launch night concert, with 7JK, as the inaugural act for the WIF Festival.

A very worthy, and necessary, cause for this great compilation album featuring Sieben and 7JK and a host of great music, here.

More news soon, when the higgledy piggledyness dies down…

Matt Howden – Oct 2016

Get 7JK’s Ride The Solar Tide NOW (as you’re on my mailing list)

Hello 馃檪

As per usual I’ll be offering those of you on my mailing list Ride The Solar Tide, six weeks early of its official release date of 3 Nov 2016. You’ll find it here, in my shop. If you haven’t got the new Sieben album(s) now’s the time to get them, too?

Been a real pleasure writing the second 7JK album with Maciek Frett. (A slight change in lineup, as its just Maciek and I now). It was all written ‘remotely’ – most often that Maciek would send me beats, synths and a vibe, from Poland; I’d add strings, occasionally some bass, some voice samples, and my voice. Sometimes lots of violins and voices! Then it’d go back to Maciek for mixing, sometimes with a few times back and forward before getting to this stage. We’re both very happy with the results. Special thanks to Martin Bedford, for the very special artwork, which entirely sums up and adorns the vibe we were after in the music.

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Our album release concert should be very special. Its on release day, 3 November, and is on the opening day of the WIF Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. A beautiful synagogue to play in, details here.

Hope you enjoy Ride The Solar Tide. You can hear a track, here, on the 7JK bandcamp. If you’re a download rather than physical you can buy it from there. If you’re a physical rather download, you can buy it from me here, or from Maciek directly.

Enjoy the ride into space!

Matt Howden – Sept 2016

New 7Jk album on its way

Hi all 馃檪

Release date for Redroom 019, 7JK’s second album, Ride The Solar Tide is 3 Nov 2016.

We have an album launch on that day, opening the WIF festival in Wroclaw, Poland, in a very special location. and we’ll be playing the album in its entirety then.

We’ll also be doing that, for the very first time this Friday, at NCN Festival, Deutzen, Germany. Onstage 7pm! Prepare to Ride The Solar Tide!

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The album is currently being manufactured. Its a six-panel digipack with beautiful design by Martin Bedford, as always with a Redroom release. We’re doing 750 copies of this, and should sell out…聽in time! As always I’ll be adding it here first and offering it early to those of you signed up to my mailing list 馃檪

Here’s a taster of the new album, here.

 

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聽is not to explain at all!聽In fact, even easier to let Adrian Ainsworth explain, in his lovely review, here.

Lovely聽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! 馃槈

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.聽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聽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 馃檪

Hope you’ll like these new works.

Matt Howden –聽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.

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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聽will release on Thursday, November 3rd 2016. Release party is the same day, at an old industrial waterworks (of course 馃槈 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 馃槈 Doubt it, though.

Matt – June 2016

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

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PRESS RELEASE 鈥 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 – 聽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!

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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聽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聽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聽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

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