Tim Burgess (Charlatans) & Peter Gordon (Arthur Russell) releasing collaborative LP (watch “Unguarded” video)
You may remember that The Charlatans' Tim Burgess collaborated with Arthur Russell/Love of Life Orchestra‘s Peter Gordon on a cover of Russell's "I Couldn’t Say it to Your Face" for a Record Store Day 7" in 2014. The pair worked together again on an RSD15 release and will now release an album, titled Same Language, Different Worlds, on September 2 via Burgess' O Genesis label. Pre-orders are available now.
The album was produced by Gordon in New York and features appearances by Ernie Brooks, who played with Arthur Russell on the first Modern Lovers album, trombone player Peter Zummo, conga player Mustafa Ahmed and Nik Void from Factory Floor. Says Burgess, "What I love about working with Peter is that in the late 70s with Peter Zummo and Arthur Russell and all the New York cats at The Kitchen, they were all making futuristic records. Now Peter in his mid-60s is still looking to do that. It's the world that I want to be in."
The first single from the album is "Unguarded," a loose, dubby, jazzy track with low-key electronics, spacey sax, muted trumpet and Burgess' vocals floating through the ether. The video for the song, which premieres in this post, was made by visual artist and longtime Peter Gordon collaborator Kit Fitzgerald whose work has appeared at MoMA, ICA and more. Burgess tells us about the collaboration:
Kit had heard the songs from a very early stage so she had a real feel for what we were doing. I've always loved her visuals so I was really excited when she agreed to make the video for "Unguarded." There's a hypnotic sense to the song song the video -- it reminded me of looking for faces and recognizable shapes in the flames of a campfire. I definitely went somewhere else for a while
You can watch the "Unguarded" video below.
Additionally, Burgess and Gordon will be playing a few UK dates in September with Max Gordon, Mustapha Ahmed and Nik Void. Those dates are listed, along with the "Unguarded" video, album art and tracklist, below.
Tim Burgess / Peter Gordon - Same Language, Different Worlds tracklist:
7.Like I Already Do
8.Tracks Of My Past
Tim Burgess / Peter Gordon - 2016 UK Tour Dates
1st - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham Tickets
2nd - Gorilla, Manchester Tickets
3rd- Festival No.6, Wales Tickets
4th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Tickets
6th - Kamio, London Tickets