Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards release Hudson Project video + UK dates in September

August 22, 2016


“A miserabalist Masterpiece”**** The Telegraph
“Magical, melancholy songs”**** The Guardian
“An understated delight”**** The Independent
“London’s answer to Leonard Cohen”- NME
“both hauntingly invasive and reassuringly comforting at the same time, something that has defined him for many years as a genuine innovator and artist.” The Line of Best Fit
In October 2015, the record-breaking cyclist James Bowthorpe set out to build a boat from the debris and discarded materials found on the streets of Manhattan. He then took the boat to the source of the Hudson, a tiny pond called Lake Tear Of The Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains and sailed all 315 miles of the Hudson River, through ice, snow, and grade-four white water to return the boat, made solely from New York City’s waste, to its place of origin

Set to Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards current single Tides, from 2016’s critically acclaimed album Memory, this film portrays the hunt for materials in New York and the building of the boat on a side street in Manhattan. Equipped with a bag of hand tools and a bit of luck, we follow James’ failures and minor victories as he builds his vessel.

Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards have now confirmed a string of UK live dates in September:
8th September – Castle – Manchester – TICKETS
9th September – Lamplight Club – Sheffield – TICKETS
12th September – Old St Pancras Church – London – TICKETS
Written and produced by Dan Michaelson and mixed by Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens), the album was recorded at The Premises, London and will be available on CD, vinyl and as a download. ‘Memory’ is the follow up to 2014’s much-celebrated ‘Distance’ and the final installment in an album trilogy that commenced with ‘Blindspot’ in 2013. Michaelson recently scored the music for BAFTA-winning BBC series ‘Detectorists’, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones.
As the album title suggests, ‘memory’ is one of the key themes explored on the record. Michaelson, who admits he has “almost zero memory”, ponders the impact and consequence of our ability, or inability, to remember and how our recollections are often warped and reinterpreted. “There’s very little I could say with any authority about my past,” he says. “Memory’s role in retelling a fact and slowly shaping it into a fiction without my consent, keeps rewriting my history. Songs are a way of freezing a moment recollected before it moves on without me.”
From the sparse, minimal ‘Blindspot’ (2013) to the relatively more replete ‘Distance’ (2014) and concluding with ‘Memory’, the trilogy retains a type of ‘epic minimalism’ Michaelson was trying to achieve musically. “I went looking for a way to carry what I’d written. Memory is the end point of this particular story. In my small world, ‘Blindspot’ is the script, ‘Distance’ is the play, and ‘Memory’ is the widescreen movie.”
Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards are Dan Michaelson (vocals, guitar, piano), Henry Spenner (drums), Laurie Earle (guitar, piano) and Horse (guitar). Joining them on ‘Memory are Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers (bass), Ali Friend (double bass), Gabriel Stebbing (cello), Johnny Flynn (violin and flugelhorn), Jin Theriault (baritone sax), Yusuf Narcin (trombone) and Christo Squire (alto sax).

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