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Video Premiere: “If It’s You” by Cheval Sombre

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Cheval Sombre (New York-based poet and songwriter Christopher Porpora) has earned his reputation in recent times as one of independent music’s true treasures. Having released two full length albums to date: 2008’s self-titled debut album (Double Feature Records) and 2012’s moving opus ‘Mad Love’ (Sonic Cathedral Recordings); 2017 marks the eagerly awaited third Cheval Sombre LP ‘Time Waits for No One’. We are delighted to premiere the video to the achingly beautiful lament ‘If It’s You’, the record’s illuminating first single.


On “If It’s You, Porpora’s drone-infused psych hazes infiltrates the human space amidst a windswept beauty of fragile vocals and mesmeric viola passages; navigating lyrical, emotional and spiritual depths. The majestic ballad “If It’s You” conjures up the timeless sound of the early Stones ballads penned by Jagger & Richards interwoven with Robbie Basho’s transcendent flow of lyrical guitar tapestries. A master of intimate mystery. The sparse arrangement of Porpora’s voice and guitar is accompanied by Gillian Rivers’ divine viola playing.

The exclusive vinyl-only release – released via UK independent label Static Caravan Records – are viewmaster reel 7″ records – true pieces of art in and of themselves. The record also features the hauntingly beautiful B-side “Give Me Something”, a haunting instrumental performed as a collaboration by Porpora (guitars) and legendary New Zealand-based artist Alastair Galbraith (elbowed guitars), recorded at the Bhakti Box and Hope St. Studios.

Watch the video for “If It’s You” here:

“If It’s You” is available now (limited vinyl) via Static Caravan Records (purchase online HERE).

The prestigious Fruits De Mer label have also released a split 7″ with Static Caravan, featuring a Cheval Sombre cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, (purchase online HERE).

There is also a recently finished LP with Dean Wareham which is expected in 2017, recorded between Los Angeles & New York, as well as the third Cheval Sombre full-length album, “Time Waits for No One”, destined to be one of 2017’s hidden gems.



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January 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Whatever You Love You Are: Cheval Sombre

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To mark this Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated debut Irish concert by Cheval Sombre (New York native Christopher Porpora) we are delighted to publish – in Porpora’s own words – the key inspirations (spanning visual art, poetry, film and music) that have helped shape Porpora’s own art as both poet and songwriter. Porpora has released two studio albums to date – self-titled debut (Double Feature) and ‘Mad Love’ (Sonic Cathedral) – as well as various vinyl issues and a live album recorded at St. Pancras Old Church, London, with longtime friend and collaborator Pete Kember (Sonic Boom, Spacemen 3).

Words: Christopher Porpora


Words have always held great importance for me. Choosing one word can be the work of many mornings and nights, the work of many long hours. As I say of music, we all might consider what sounds we contribute to the world – and words too – sonorous as they are. Are they beautiful sounds we are producing? Are the words, the sounds we choose, enhancing the quality of our experience of life? Might we lift this life up to the light? Can we see it as glorious?

To ask such questions is to be bold in the face of a cynical society. One must risk criticisms of naïveté, sentimentality, idealism, even romanticism. I have risked all these long as I can remember, in the name of what I experience as the beautiful, especially in writing.

But I have always discovered wondrous support along the way – artists who have sustained me, atmospheres which have held me, all nurturing my pursuit of the written word, of beauty.



Joan Ambrosio Dalza

A seemingly anonymous lute player from Italy brings this luxurious atmosphere in which to write – this just improves the quality of any room, any hour of the day.


Terry Riley

This recording of a 1975 concert in Köln, with Don Cherry, is the sound of reaching for the stars, or reflecting them, and nothing less.




Alastair Galbraith
Green Dream

A master of intimate mystery.




Krzysztof Kieślowski
La Double Vie De Véronique

This film had an immense impact on me when it first came out, and still, to this day. Its atmosphere is utterly dreamlike, and Zbigniew Preisner’s accompanying score hints strongly at the reality of magic in our daily lives.


William Butler Yeats
When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


In Yeats’ lyricism I have always found the flourishes of how exquisite a quiet moment can be.




Georges Rouault
Bouquet de Fleurs

Georges Rouault’s paintings always reminded me of another everyday miracle – stained glass. He
worked with glass as a medium, too. His work helped to define the cover art for the first album.



Five for Ireland

Limited Edition of 99 copies
letterpressed, each hand-numbered



Five for Ireland began as a simple celebration of my first proper show in Ireland. I had played in Galway years ago, in the streets, and fared alright. Ireland was very kind to me then. But I didn’t have any proper songs then as I do now. So I thought to work on something for the occasion. I had to find an arc, a theme of a kind. Hearing about the beauty of Cobh, I immediately began dreaming of the sea, and I had heard that folks were still listening to Mad Love there, so there it was – the sea / mad love became the theme from which to choose and order the poems. After a few days, I had twenty, looking into older works and recent pieces, all suggestive of this double-theme. Thinking about format, the broadside came to light as an unexpected suggestion. I began to think of a time when poetry’s venue was the street – of times when one might encounter a poem slipped between the pages of something else amidst the hassle, or walked through crowds in a pocket. It became time to slim the collection down. Space would now be limited, and very. Remembering Rouault, I began to sift for poems smaller in size but evocative of the landscape of paintings – images which could then suggest the sea / mad love, alternately, by leaving impressions in which to get lost, standing in the street or otherwise, anywhere.





Cheval Sombre’s debut Irish concert (with special guest Margie Jean Lewis) takes place at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork this Saturday 17 October. 

TICKETS are priced €15 and can be purchased HERE.

Event Page via Sirius Arts Centre HERE.


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October 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT: Cheval Sombre (USA/Sonic Cathedral) plus Margie Jean Lewis (AUS) / Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork / Sat. 17 Oct. 2015

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Fractured Air presents:
CHEVAL SOMBRE (USA/Sonic Cathedral)
plus special guests

Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Saturday 17 October 2015
Tickets: €15 (ORDER ONLINE HERE).

“Once we admit our humanity, the experience of this life becomes tinged with authenticity.
And the flicker of what is authentic illuminates – always.”

—Christopher Porpora (Cheval Sombre)


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CHEVAL SOMBRE (USA/Sonic Cathedral)

Cheval Sombre (New York-based artist Christopher Porpora) has earned his reputation in recent times as one of independent music’s true treasures. Having released two full length albums to date: 2008’s self-titled debut album (Double Feature Records) and 2012’s moving opus ‘Mad Love’ (Sonic Cathedral Recordings); in 2013 Sonic Cathedral issued the limited cassette comprising Cheval Sombre & Sonic Boom’s celebrated live performance recorded at London’s St. Pancras Old Church. On the latest record, ‘Mad Love’, Porpora is joined by long-term collaborator Sonic Boom (Peter Kember/Spacemen 3) whose fusion of drone-infused psych haze and illuminating soundscapes form the ideal backdrop to Porpora’s fragile vocals and warm acoustic guitar. In addition, the special guests on the ‘Mad Love’ sessions included Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT (in whose Brooklyn studio it was recorded), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna), Britta Phillips (Luna, Belltower) and Nick Kramer.

Cheval Sombre’s rare live appearance at Sirius Arts Centre is Porpora’s first ever Irish show and will be only his third live appearance of 2015. Furthermore, audiences will be treated to a solo acoustic performance that will also include some poetry readings. In the words of Porpora: “the show will offer a look into the stark essence of the songs, stripped-down so to speak, as it will be acoustic and solo, favour of an intimate experience, which is increasingly rare in such times.”



“Beautiful” — NME

“music that needs time to unwind and reveal its treasures.” — The Line Of Best Fit

“… its Porpora’s disconsolate vocal performance that steals the show.” — Drowned In Sound

“it slowly creeps into the subconscious, unsettling and calming as it works its magic.” —

“Porpora has managed an album that is at points a tiny bit distressing, yet it offers sweet refuge from the uneasiness he himself creates.” – The Quietus



Read a recent interview with Christopher Porpora:

Watch ‘Someplace Else’ official video:

Listen to “Incandescent Innocent”, a mixtape compiled by Cheval Sombre:




Special guest on the night will be Australian musician Margie Jean Lewis. Hailing from Adelaide, Lewis is a classically trained violinist and jazz vocalist who has been based in Dublin for the past six years. From a young age Lewis began to pursue the violin, she would later study both composition and jazz voice at the Adelaide conservatorium. Lewis’s intricate live setup comprises loop station, zither, violin and voice where the spirit of both improvisation and experimentation lie at the heart of her soul-stirring sounds. Lewis has collaborated extensively with many Dublin-based artists in recent times, including New Jackson, Rhob Cunningham, Paperdolls, Ickis Mirolo and Queens of Neon. She has also performed extensively both nationally and internationally, including performances at Body&Soul, IMMA and Kilkenny Arts Festival.


“…nothing short of jaw-dropping” — Hot Press




Fractured Air presents:
CHEVAL SOMBRE (USA/Sonic Cathedral)
plus special guests

Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Saturday 17 October 2015
Tickets: €15 (ORDER ONLINE HERE).

“I find playing music a highly charged moment, whenever and wherever I play.”

—Christopher Porpora (Cheval Sombre)


Mixtape: As Tears Go By [A Fractured Air Mix]

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As Tears Go By [A Fractured Air Mix]

To listen on Mixcloud:



01. Georges Auric ‘O Willow Waly’ (‘The Innocents’ OST) [Finders Keepers]
02. Calexico ‘Dead Moon’ (‘Algiers’ Deluxe Edition) [Anti-/City Slang]
03. Norbert Glanzberg ‘La Sorcière’ (‘The Blonde Witch’ OST) [Finders Keepers]
04. Cheval Sombre ‘As Tears Go By’ [Trensmat]
05. the Marquis de Tren and Bonny Billy ‘Solemn 28’ [Domino]
06. Delia Derbyshire ‘Pot Au Feu’ [BBC Radio Enterprises]
07. Lucrecia Dalt ‘Esotro’ [Other People]
08. Tarentel ‘Home Ruckus: Double-Sided Air’ (Side B) [Type]
09. Dino Valente ‘Tomorrow’ [Tompkins Square]
10. Tindersticks ‘No More Affairs’ (Instrumental) [This Way Up]
11. Cat Power ‘Dreams’ [Matador]
12. Mica Levi ‘Love’ (‘Under The Skin’ OST) [Milan]
13. Rachel Goswell ‘Coastline’ (Ulrich Schnauss Instrumental Mix) [4AD]
14. Kevin Shields ‘City Girl’ (‘Lost In Translation’ OST) [Emperor Norton]
15. The Notwist ‘Sleep’ (Odd Nosdam Remix) [City Slang]
16. Lambchop ‘Low Ambition’ (Stratus Remix) [City Slang]
17. James Yorkston ‘Woozy With Cider’ (Jon Hopkins Remix) [Domino]
18. Nils Frahm ‘Them’ (‘Victoria’ OST) [Erased Tapes]
19. Sufjan Stevens ‘Fourth Of July’ [Asthmatic Kitty]
20. Alex North ‘The Truth/The Locket’ (‘The Bad Seed’ OST) [Finders Keepers]

A collection of some of our most treasured vinyl. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or their respective record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.

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Fractured Air 30: Incandescent Innocent (A Mixtape by Cheval Sombre)

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New York-based artist Christopher Porpora – who creates music via his Cheval Sombre guise – has earned his reputation in recent times as one of independent music’s true treasures. Cheval Sombre has released two full length albums to date; 2008’s self-titled debut album (Double Feature Records) and 2012’s moving opus ‘Mad Love’ (Sonic Cathedral Recordings). Last year, Sonic Cathedral issued the limited cassette comprising Cheval Sombre & Sonic Boom’s celebrated live performance recorded at London’s St. Pancras Old Church. This year Cheval Sombre’s ‘Madder Love’ 12″ EP was released by London-based independent label Sonic Cathedral, comprising three exclusive remixes plus a special slowed-down re-interpretation of ‘Someplace Else’, entitled ‘Someplace Slow’. The EP is dedicated to the memory of Porpora’s dear friend Matthew Lyndon Wells, who recently passed away (Matthew played some early Cheval Sombre shows with Porpora).


Fractured Air 30: Incandescent Innocent (A Mixtape by Cheval Sombre)

“Once we admit our humanity, the experience of this life becomes tinged with authenticity. And the flicker of what is authentic illuminates – always.”

—Christopher Porpora


To listen on Mixcloud:



01. Cornelius Cardew ‘Father Murphy’ [Cramps]
02. KZA ‘Vous Dansez’ [Endless Flight]
03. Selda ‘Gesi Baglari’ [Bird / B-Music]
04. Dean & Britta ‘Incandescent Innocent’ [Double Feature]
05. Felt ‘Sempiternal Darkness’ [Cherry Red]
06. Amen Dunes ‘Lonely Richard’ [Sacred Bones]
07. The Limiñanas ‘La Melancolie’ [Trouble In Mind]
08. The Stone Roses ‘Don’t Stop’ [Silvertone]
09. Jacobites ‘Kissed You Twice’ [Glass, Regency Sound / Mammoth]
10. The English Beat ‘Save it for Later’ [I.R.S. / Go-Feet]
11. Gatto Fritto ‘The Curse’ [International Feel Recordings]
12. Sebastien Tellier ‘Le Long De La Rivière Tendre’ [Lucky Number / V2]
13. Spacemen 3 ‘Transparent Radiation (Violin Mix)’ [Forced Exposure]
14. Paul O’Dette, The King’s Noyse & David Douglass ‘Mr. John Langtons Pavan’ [Harmonia Mundi]
15. The Pogues ‘I’m a Man You Don’t Meet Every Day’ [Stiff / MCA]
16. John Fahey ‘In Christ There Is No East or West’ [Takoma]
17. Zbigniew Preisner ‘Tu Viendras’ [‘La Double Vie De Véronique’ OST / Sideral, Virgin]


The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or their respective record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.




“Madder Love” EP is available now on Sonic Cathedral HERE.


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December 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Road Atlas: Cheval Sombre

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Interview with Christopher Porpora, Cheval Sombre.

“Once we admit our humanity, the experience of this life becomes tinged with authenticity. And the flicker of what is authentic illuminates – always.”

—Christopher Porpora

Words: Mark Carry, Illustration: Craig Carry


Last year marked the release of Cheval Sombre’s near-mythical live performance at London’s St Pancras Old Church. The special cassette-only release — released by the ever-dependable Sonic Cathedral imprint — captures an artist at the height of his powers, unleashing some of the most affecting and transcendent psych folk creations into the earth’s stratosphere. Cheval Sombre (AKA Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Christopher Porpora) is joined by long-term collaborator Sonic Boom (Peter Kember/Spacemen 3) whose fusion of drone-infused psych haze and illuminating soundscapes form the ideal backdrop to Porpora’s fragile vocals and warm acoustic guitar. A deep musical telepathy is forever inherent between these two special souls.

This particular London concert — recorded live on November 22nd, 2012 — showcases the immense power of Cheval Sombre’s songbook, particularly Porpora’s current studio album, ‘Mad Love’, released by Sonic Cathedral in 2012. The set begins with the album’s opening two songs, the gospel-laden ‘Someplace Else’ and the utterly beautiful love song ‘She Went Walking In The Rain’. Porpora explains how “overwhelming” and “very intense” the moment feels, clearly a reflection of how the audience feels towards the gifted musician and songwriter. An out-pour of emotion — in the same way I feel upon every re-visit of ‘Mad Love’ — permeates throughout the sacred space, where the audience and musician become one. A mesmerising cover version of ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ serves the perfect send off to an awe-inspiring and intensely beautiful night of music. As Porpora says “thank you for coming” towards the close, the enraptured audience are eternally grateful to the special soul that is Cheval Sombre.

‘It’s Not Time’, the first new material to be released since 2012’s ‘Mad Love’ will be put out on very limited vinyl-only release by Melbourne-based label Slightly Delic Productions this February. On the flip is one of the earliest versions of ‘It’s A Shame’, recorded back in 2006 and provides a rare look into the demos that would shape Cheval Sombre’s debut album.


Interview with Christopher Porpora, Cheval Sombre.

Since the last time we spoke, you have been touring extensively around the U.S and Europe in support of the deeply affecting and ceaselessly beautiful latest opus of yours, ‘Mad Love’. Performing live as both a quartet and your own solo shows must be very special for you to be part of. What are your feelings on both these worlds, and indeed the unspoken connection that transmits itself into the air during these nights of song?

CP: Each performance is its own, utterly unique experience, with others or solo, and an extraordinary opportunity, every time. Stepping into a place where people have gathered to listen and to lose themselves for a while is a moment of great potential. There is a chance that we all in the room might be ushered into a state of grace – there is that chance – and I am willing to do whatever I can, to do my part, so that we might. Since the release of ‘Mad Love’ there have been quite a few cities which have been overwhelming to play in terms of connection. Some transcendental nights. I find the beauty of these moments difficult to articulate. Sonic Cathedral released a recording of the London show – I can’t bear to listen to it, so touching it was.


As a songwriter of such spellbinding songs, how do you feel the sonic creations of ‘Mad Love’ and the debut record have evolved and developed through their various live incarnations over these past number of months? As a listener, it never ceases to amaze me just how your songs forever take on new meaning and significance, depending on the particular space and time. For example, ‘Walking In The Desert’ is the pinnacle of the record for me, right now. The brooding feel that flows throughout. The bassline conjures up the sound of the Velvet Underground and Spector rolled into one. The lyric “I’m just so tired of looking for you” and your achingly beautiful vocal delivery is such a profound moment. Not to mention the mesmerising strings.
What I mean to say, is that a record special as this one inhabits a human space that is in constant motion with the world outside and as a result, the songs change like the passing seasons that come and go; in turn becoming a deep part of you; an extension of oneself, so to speak.

CP: Thank you for saying what you did there. One hopes – or I should say, I hope – to write songs which withstand the weather well. I’d like to put songs out there which make sense in all seasons – songs which retain their beauty and truth regardless of place, time, fashion. I want go-to songs – songs which work, every time. It is a question worth asking. What makes a song timeless? Keep asking that question and things start happening – things begin taking shape. Certain sounds, certain ideas will always be relevant. Once we admit our humanity, the experience of this life becomes tinged with authenticity. And the flicker of what is authentic illuminates – always. If a record ends up inhabiting one listener deeply, I believe it has done miraculous work. And we all have them, don’t we? Songs which speak to us throughout our own constantly evolving lives? Songs which, somehow, become soundtracks to our lives? You mentioned The Velvet Underground. ‘Run Run Run’ — especially the guitar run (I can’t think of a better word) in the middle of the song — has always spoken to me about the rough exoticism of this life. And it has worked, every time I’ve heard it. What a gift. It must have been astounding when it first came out, in the context of the 1960’s. It was astounding when I first heard it in the 1990’s. It is still so, now.


Please take me back to the momentous live show of London’s St Pancras Old Church with Sonic Boom please, Chris? The cassette of this special concert is a gleaming treasure to my cherished record collection. Can you recount for me the ‘in-between’ moments that happened during this day and indeed, the concert itself and aftermath? The intimacy of this sacred space suits your music so well.

CP: I hadn’t experienced anything like that night – remotely – and I don’t imagine I ever will again. I don’t recall much about it, except for being moved to tears throughout, and Pete gently telling me to get back out there while they were clapping for the encore. I did ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ and then suddenly, it was all over. I felt like falling down then, on those last notes. The chair felt rickety – barely in one piece. I couldn’t believe I made it through, and I pretty much collapsed back there, in the vicar’s quarters. The audience was lovely – generous and kind. I remember on the way down from Rugby with another dear friend we listened to The Clash – the first album – on repeat. It brought back good, warm memories. Just before the gig, on a walk through Camden, I discovered a box of Ship Matches, which I felt drawn to, for their luxury. My English friends laughed at me, lovingly. I like a box of sturdy wooden matches. Later that night, Nat Cramp, Sharon Lock and I raised glasses and I faded into the beauty of Kentish Town for a few days. Music was in the air – porter, shadows, streetlights, Hampstead Heath, rolling…


Forgive me for asking but would you like to share some words on the special soul of Lou Reed that unfortunately is no longer with us. I can only imagine how much of an inspiration this man was on your own life and work?

CP: His work was always a great comfort. I can hear his voice now, singing, “And you know it was alright” – and his voice was one of those which made me believe that indeed, everything was alright. That is one of the most important messages to get across to all of us worried souls. I took a breath when I first heard that. Thank you, Lou, for that. Thinking of him now, ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ or ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ come to mind, and I realize what a Romantic he always was to me. I wonder out loud now if anyone has ever written anything as tender as ‘Candy Says’…?


I was interested to read that during your summer Italian tour, you played La Belle Estate (solo) in a prison in Avellino. This must have been incredible. What was this experience like for you? I can imagine shows such as this, and exploring new places with your music provides endless inspiration for you?

CP: Yes. It was a Bourbon prison, in Avellino. They had constructed this wooden stage, outside, by a lush garden filled with herbs and flowers of all kinds. During soundcheck, clouds rushed in, and the afternoon got suddenly dark. The folks at the prison persuaded me to step down and sit beneath an umbrella at a table nearby and we drank beer as more Italians arrived, worried, hands on hips, looking up at the dark clouds and at the stage with all the electrical gear plugged in. Worry. We were all waiting for rain. I felt awful that they were going to have to dismantle that wonderfully crafted stage as the first drops began to come down. I have to say – they waited until the very last-minute – covering everything on the stage with garbage bags, in hopes of a passing shower.

But it began to downpour. I offered help but they insisted no, collapsed the whole set, and relocated to another stage in a small theatre inside the prison in the space of two or three beers. They kept telling me to relax and there I was under the umbrella in the pouring rain making notes, inhaling that hot, storm-drenched air, intoxicating in a thoroughly and singularly wonderful Italian way. It was all a potent combination – much chaos going on – a few Italians yelling at each other for the best possible solution for an outdoor concert in a sudden downpour, the heat of the street rising up from the sweltering pavement like a ghost in the unexpected rain, the scent of flowers, jasmine, herbs, perfume, coffee, kindness, thoughtful, gorgeous, beautiful people – love in the air – it’s true – everyone seemed to be in love there, even if they were shouting at one another, or embracing.

To your question – it was incredible. The show itself was wonderful, now indoors with an exquisite sound, and a giving, loving audience. And after – a careening party ensued, with bottles of wine produced there in Avellino poured out for new friends and old – some old friends from New York and Italy managed to come – and a trillion and one toasts to good health and living life. And then an early morning dinner of homemade vegetable pasta and more wine with Bianca, Luca, Claudia and Alessandro. The entire experience that night was transformative – very much like a garden born out of a prison.


How are the new songs of yours coming together, Chris? Any new covers in mind? I am very excited about the prospect of a follow-up to ‘Mad Love’ – your crowning jewel – and wish you all the very best with the writing and recording of the new material.

CP: Thank you, Mark. There’s a new one called ‘It’s Not Time’ being released soon on Slightly Delic, out of Melbourne. Only vinyl. Really looking forward to that one coming in the mail. There’s a delicate surprise on the B-side – an original demo from some of the first ever recorded. Much of the third album is written – just not certain how it’ll be recorded or when. Got the title, too. And covers? Yes – a few. Dean and I have something cooking. Something else. We’ll see what unfolds.


‘It’s Not Time’ / ‘It’s A Shame’ (original demo) 7″ will be available on lime green & black splatter vinyl (150 copies) and regular black vinyl (100 copies) from late February on Slightly Delic.


‘Cheval Sombre with Sonic Boom live at St. Pancras Church, London’ is available now on Sonic Cathedral.


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February 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

Ten Mile Stereo

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Ryan Francesconi & Mirabai Peart ‘Road To Palios’ (Bella Union)
A collaboration between two gifted musicians; Francesconi’s immaculate acoustic guitar playing and his partner Peart’s beautiful violin. Francesconi is also a key member of Joanna Newsom’s band and his own solo LP ‘Parables’ is among the finest albums of recent years. ‘Road to Palios’ is a life-changing journey.

Oliveray ‘Wonders’ (Erased Tapes)
This gem was put out a few years back by Berlin-based label Erased Tapes and continues to reveal more with every single listen. A stunning collaboration between Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick (Olive and Ray are the authors’ middle names) includes two incredible covers, of Tiny Vipers (‘Dreamer’) and Efterklang (‘Harmonics’).

Cheval Sombre ‘Mad Love’ (Sonic Cathedral)
Cheval Sombre is the pseudonym for New York-based Christopher Porpora, a poet-turned-musician whose debut self-titled lp was released in 2009. Cheval Sombre’s ‘Mad Love’ album was one of the hidden gems of last year. A beautiful and rewarding collection on the Sonic Cathedral label.

Nat Birchall ‘Sacred Dimension’ (Gondwana Records)
Dubbed ‘Spiritual Jazz’, I picked up Birchall’s (a UK-based saxophonist)’Sacred Dimension’ lp somewhat by chance (via the always-trustworthy speakers of Plugd Records). ‘Sacred Dimension’ is an incredible odyssey of an album and provides a moving experience for the listener.

The Great Balloon Race ‘Cardboard’
‘Animals Burning’ is the album-opener from this very talented Cork-based band whose debut album ‘Cardboard’ was released at the end of last year. Ambitious and complex. A Band with a very bright future indeed.

The Dodos ‘No Color’ (Wichita)
I First discovered The Dodos by their ‘Visiter’ Album; a wonderful showcase of the talents of this American duo; Meric Long and Logan Kroeber. Now, on their fourth album – ‘No Color’ (Witchita Records) – the band will soon embark on a European tour supporting Tucson Arizona’s Calexico.

Broadcast ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ OST (Warp)
The stunning soundtrack by Warp’s Broadcast for the equally-stunning second film by British director Peter Strickland. Like all things Warp, the soundtrack should be purchased on vinyl to get the optimum benefit of the amazing sleeve.

Nils Frahm & Anne Müller 7fingers (Erased Tapes)
Collaboration between Berlin-based musicians and friends; Frahm and Müller. Anne Müller’s cello is breath-taking while Frahm’s immaculate attention to detail on production duties are on full display here. Electronica and cello combine to stunning effect.

Birds Of Passage ‘Highwaymen in Midnight Masks’ E.P.
Birds of Passage is multi-talented New Zealand-based artist Alicia Merz. Across all her LPs to date (‘Dear And Unfamiliar’, ‘Without The World’, and current ‘Winter Lady’) her music is simply breathtaking. Also, in her stunning back-catalogue is the ‘Highwaymen in Midnight Masks’ EP. Mastering duties by Nils Frahm.

Hidden Highways ‘Hidden Highways’ E.P. (Out On A Limb Records)
The stunning debut self-titled E.P. from Tim V. Smyth and Carol Anne McGowan recalls the magic chemistry of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood recordings, while equally reminiscient of the dark folk tales of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The E.P. features the incredible cover of Jeff Alexander’s ‘Come Wander With Me.’ Hidden Highways’ debut album will be released in Spring 2013 and is sure to be one of the albums of the year.