On the back of great reviews for their latest album Easy Listening and to coincide with the band’s appearance at the NME C86 festival at London’s 229 Club on June 14 Band Of Holy Joy are releasing a digital single “When A Gift Is A Curse” through their own label Radio Joy on Monday 16 June 2014.
The song is a glam hymn to both good living and bad livers and pays tribute to the wayward genius that was George Best.
In the world of music buying the convenience and instant fix of the mp3 or m4a has taken over, I’m no big critic of the digital track or album they are my constant companions but my restless heart often demands more than the simple company of my digital friends. I prefer my fix to be delivered in a more tactile manner, visually and with a sense of anticipation (you know like the good old days!) which given Band of Holy Joy were responsible for my favourite album of 2011 was heightened on hearing they had a new project out this spring. I say project because there’s a little more at play with The North Is Another Land than just the music, now I’m going to spoil it for you a little and remove some of the surprises so if you don’t want to know what buying the band’s CD gets you (like me), then look away now.
The album itself comprises of songs sourced from a radio play performed on Resonance and a live performance at the Star & Shadow Newcastle-on-Tyne, the CD is delivered in it’s own airmail packet, eight tracks, five with words, three without, eight postcards, five with words, three without, the aural delights of the music combined with the wonderful artwork and packaging ensuring that my music junkie cravings were quenched.
Oh What A Thing This Heart Of Man (James Stephen Finn Mix) with a LIVE VJ mix by Inga Tillere using video shot in Latvia and cut-ups from Vertov’s ‘Man With a Movie Camera’ (1929) and Kotting’s ‘This Filthy Earth’ (2001).