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Mixtape: Fractured Air – February 2019

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Our February mix features two tracks from Dublin-based singer-songwriter Maria Somerville’s eagerly awaited debut album “All My People” (released on 1st March). The album’s title-track is an enthralling post-punk exploration immersed in ethereal pop dimensions, while “Eyes Don’t Say It” unfolds a sublime, brooding and highly immersive sound world.

The cherished U.S. songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Heather Woods Broderick delivers her most captivating and innovative work to date with her highly anticipated third full-length solo studio album “Invitation” (pre-order available via Western Vinyl). The album’s lead single “Where I Lay” emits a fragile beauty amidst anguish and doubt but ultimately becomes a deeply cathartic experience from the depths of the human heart.

February’s mix also features new releases from Scottish composer Andrew Wasylyk’s exceptional third studio album “The Paralian” (via the ever dependable Athens Of The North imprint); New York-based cellist and composer Julia Kent’s newest sonic marvel “Temporal”; new Ghostly signing Khotin and Portand Oregon’s Dolphin Midwives.


Fractured Air – February 2019

01. Dolphin Midwives“Grass Grow” (Beacon Sound)
02. Mary Lattimore“Baltic Birch” (Paul Corley Remix) (Ghostly)
03. Margie Jean Lewis“Malamuut” (Soundcloud)
04. Maria Somerville“Eyes Don’t Say It” (Self-released)
05. Narwal“Track 01” (Ongehoord)
06. Stano“A Dead Rose” (AllChival)
07. Michael O’ Shea“Kerry” (AllChival)
08. Andrew Wasylyk“Journey to Inchcape” (Athens Of The North)
09. Rustin Man“Vanishing Heart” (Domino)
10. Oliver Coates“Norrin Radd Dreaming” (RVNG Intl)
11. Julia Kent“Conditional Futures” (Leaf Label)
12. Khotin“Dwellberry” (Ghostly)
13. Panda Bear“Master” (Domino)
14. Augustus Pablo“King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown” (Yard Music)
15. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry“The Upsetter” (Motion)
16. Helado Negro“Running” (RVNG Intl)
17. Deerhunter“What Happens To People?” (4AD)
18. Chasms“Shadow” (Felte)
19. 101 Beats Per Minute“I Cried And Cried And Cried” (Countersunk)
20. Maria Somerville“All My People” (Self-released)
21. Ela Orleans“Something Higher” (Night School)
22. Kali Malone“Bondage to Formula” (Hallow Ground)
23. Heather Woods Broderick“Where I Lay” (Western Vinyl)
24. Penelope Trappes“Burn On” (Houndstooth)
25. Nils Frahm“Sweet Little Lie” (Erased Tapes)
26. Landless“Lassie Lie Near Me” (Humble Serpent)



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.


Written by markcarry

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)