(2) Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart: Make Believe It Real. This is the third Spirits Burning collaboration with Bridget, following the Earth Born and Bloodlines CDs. Lyrically, the theme of the CD is fiction, fantasy, possibilities. Musically, the CD is built on a heavier sound. Onboard are Daevid Allen (Gong) and Hawkwind family members Harvey Bainbridge, Simon House, Dan Thompson, and Paul Hayles. A new mix of 'Make Believe It Real', from the Friends & Relations 30th Anniversary CD as well as 'Always', (the SoundAwesome hit) from the Omenopus Portents CD with be included.
Following on from the success of the first limited-edition live Mushroom album expect a follow up from a couple of 2011 shows with Alison Faith Levy at the Make Out Room in San Francisco; an amazing funk trance blend of sitar, sax, vocals, flute and percussion. There will also be an album from Fred Laird of Earthling Society under the name of 'Moon Of Ostara', a pagan-inspired Krautrock homage. Both these will be 'proper' CDs in special artisan packaging and strictly limited. There are also a couple of Gong-related projects in the works including a Shapeshifter Gong 2CD culled from a recently discovered hoard of DAT recordings from the tours of France in 1992 and 1994, and it's also looking like there will be a Here & Now release hitting the streets too – fingers crossed!
Following the success of The Hawklords' European & UK Tour 2011 the band will be back out on the road in 2012. More European dates are being scheduled for September and a more comprehensive set of UK tour dates are being put together for October and November 2012.
We're still in recovery at Fruits de Mer after a rush of blood led to us releasing a double LP, 7" single and double 7" single all at the same time in early December - we've sold out of all three, but that's involved one helluva a lot of trips to the local post office during the run-up to Christmas!
We're currently working on a number of releases for the first half of 2012 - the one that's most likely to your readers is a double album of kosmische/krautrock covers with the working title of Head Music - early days, but it's likely to include covers of classic tracks from Amon Duul (I AND II!), Neu!, Harmonia, Can..... 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Brain record label, which is no more than a coincidence but a nice one all the same.
Earthling Society have recorded two cover songs of classic psychedelia by Amon Duul 1 and The Pretty things for 2 Fruits de Mer album releases. One of the releases is very special indeed!
Pete Bingham (Sendelica)