UNCUT (UK): "Global fusion at its most democratic and exhilarating" MUSIC OMH (UK): **** "Lion City is a strong, viscerally stirring album and a true highlight of intercultural awareness in the contemporary music climate." WONDERING SOUND (UK): "Like Troubles, Lion City does attempt a new, thrilling kind of fusion, gathering everything from blues to dub, rock to electronica together, and confidently pulling it all forward. It’s an album of real vision. Step by step, Dirtmusic are building a new world sound."
AUDIO (DE): ****
"A psychedelic trip of hand-played strings, ambient electronical sounds, uninterrupted dark rhythms and whispering echoes." MUSIC NEWS (UK): "Dirtmusic just keep getting better. With every release they seem to delve deeper into the heart and soul of their music and keep developing new ways to hypnotize and entrance the listener. This is music that has gone beyond and takes the listener with it." DISTORSIONI (UK): 8/10 "This extraordinary album ends with September 12, a song of love to the grandmother of a young senegalese singer Ibrahima Douf who reveals a rare sensitivity as an interpreter ...the echo of his singing seems to propagate a fascinating and mysterious African night." MONDOMIX (FR): "dark and sensual, Lion City indulges in the eddies of the night. Built on electronic strata, Malian acoustic instruments and vintage guitars, Lion City confirms the validity of their approach: by dipping into the dust, their hands come back with traces of gold nuggets." LOUDER THAN WAR (UK): 10/10 "The brilliance of Troubles clearly wasn’t a one-off, and I thought long and hard about what score to give this album. In the end, it was easy, Lion City is another classic."
Andrea Schroeder's album "Where the Wild Oceans End" has received rave reviews all over Europe. I produced and mixed the album and we recorded it at the famed Hansa Studios in Berlin and the gorgeous Ocean Sound Recordings in Giske, Norway. You can check out her video for "Helden", a German language cover of David Bowie's "Heroes".
I wrote an essay for the new book "It's Not Only Rock And Roll: Sex, Drugs and the Philosophy of Rock" published in French and English by Intervalles Editions. Other contributors include: Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Joey Burns (Calexico), John Parrish (PJ Harvey), Lisa Germano, Francois Breut, Yann Tiersen ("Amelie"), Hugo Race and many more! Full info here: http://www.editionsintervalles.com/spip.php?page=pages&id_article=133
My new solo album "Harney County" hit the streets on December 6th. You can get it digitally @ iTunes, Amazon and emusic and physically in Europe through inderpendent record shops, Glitterhouse Records mailorder & others. http://label.glitterhouse.com/releases.php?show=183
I will be speaking at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids Michigan on Sunday, November 17th. The lecture is entitled "Crossing Boundaries: Seeing the World Through Music" and I will focus on the music communities I have intersected with in Seattle and in Bamako, Mali. On the 16th I will play a free concert in the same venue. http://www.creationtalks.org/power-of-music-series/chapter-3-crossing-boundaries/