Summoning Suns

by James Blackshaw

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about

'Summoning Suns' is James Blackshaw's tenth studio album and the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics. Drawing inspiration from 60's and 70's singer-songwriters, baroque/orchestral pop and folk music, while still sounding contemporary, 'Summoning Suns' is Blackshaw's foray into more traditional forms of songcraft.

Blackshaw sings in a gentle but assured voice while his words combine his personal experiences, neuroses and fantasy through many layers of abstraction, poeticism and dark humour.

While the deft fingerpicking acoustic guitar style of Blackshaw's previous recordings is still a prominent part of the sound, the songs are lushly and intricately arranged for drums, bass, piano, violin, flute and pedal steel guitar and features contributions from Simon Scott (Slowdive), Annie Nilsson and Japanese musicians Mori Wa Ikiteiru and Kaoru Noda (with whom he duets in Japanese on one song).

"It's guileless, charming, and the anchor of a masterful few minutes of acoustic pop so good they make you ask an unlikely question: Why hasn't James Blackshaw been singing all along?" Pitchfork 7.9

credits

released February 4, 2015

James Blackshaw - vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, piano, glockenspiel, organ
Charlotte Glasson - flute, violin, bass clarinet
Kazuhiko Masumura - percussion
Annie Nilsson - vocals
Takuro Okada - pedal steel guitar, banjo
Kaoru Noda - vocals
Simon Scott - drums, ambient guitar
Yu Taniguchi - piano

All music written by James Blackshaw. All lyrics written by James Blackshaw except ‘Towa No Yume’ written by Kaoru Noda. Published by Mute Song.

Recorded by John Hannon at No, October 2014. Mixed by John Hannon and James Blackshaw. Mastered by Michael Lawrence and James Blackshaw. Additional mixing and recording by Yusuke Odagiri, Takuro Okada, Tom Biller and Simon Scott.

Artwork by Ai Blackshaw.

Many thanks to all the musicians, engineers. artists and labels involved in the making of this record and to Jordan Anderson, Ben Chasny, Alex Cobb, Duane Pitre, Qu Junktions, David Tibet and my family for their kindness and support.

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Track Name: Confetti
We are having so much fun
When the police come
But I think it's finally time to go
To a cheap motel in the snow

I throw confetti in the street
As you hang yourself with the sheets
And now I think it’s time to go
To a cheap motel in the snow

Releasing poisonous
Spores in the spring
Abusing angels
Tearing their wings out

The needless noise you air
Echoes everywhere

Leveling cities
For our beliefs
Assaulting gargoyles
Pulling their teeth out

The pointless breath you breathe
Steals oxygen from the trees
And we’re running out of air
Track Name: Failure's Flame
Towering spires
And carrion choirs
Abandoned at the arcade
By the ghost

Gone astray
In ruined mazes
You're already
Other

Sprinting through the parade
As failure's flame
Reduces the way
To ashes

Black bells ring
For the counterfeit king
While I dream
Slow music

In the mercury mirror
Doubt disappears
And the blood
Evaporates
Track Name: Nothing Ever After
I learn patterns
Of diminished returns
And constant machinations

Unseen beings
Dictate sick scenes
As I bury heavy history

Send for my successor
To do the same things better

In eras of errors
With no care for carers
In fantasy forever

You weren't kidding
You sign out and give in
To nothing ever after

Send in our successors
Everyone will forget us
Track Name: Summoning Suns
You’re a salty saint
An oil slick entertainer
Devouring words
Coughing up chaos here

With estuary tongue
And no sense or reason
I'm summoning suns
Waiting for permission

To break everything you make
And roll through the debris
Where I'm drunk in the daylight
To murder your memory

You are shield and spear
When nothing happens
Healing with squares
In mountains of monitors

I break everything you make
And roll through the debris
Plush toy mediators and God
Won't bring back your body