An ending by Craig b

I’ve binned a fair few attempts trying to articulate the reasons for stopping but it just feels so self indulgent. All that matters, is that after any album I’ve finished, it always felt like the beginning of a new chapter, stage, whatever the right word is. However, after we finished recording Mote II, I listened from start to finish and I knew it should be my last. It’s a feeling I can’t shake off or ignore. It doesn’t feel like a bad decision though or even a hard one. It feels right. I just need to do something else. I’m not sure what, just not this anymore.

 

I’d like to make it clear that I’m incredibly proud of the album and it wouldn’t have been possible without the drive and exceptional musicianship of Graeme Smillie. I’m very grateful for his consistent contact to keep me writing. I wanted to stop a long time ago but Smillie’s demos were just too good. So, we got to work and I’m so happy with the result. I’m really looking forward to people hearing the whole thing.

 

The “official” release of an album, tour and promotion is not something I can commit to anymore so it’s a good place to stop. Hell, I haven’t even toured properly in years. A few dates here and there are not enough to cut it these days and I really suck at social media promotion.

 

We are trying to arrange a few farewell shows but there won’t be many. Yes indeed, we most likely won’t be play in ----------(fill in your city). Sorry. More details will be announced shortly.

 

Over the years I’ve have been blown away by the kindness of strangers and I actually feel really lucky. The messages of support from those of you who have got in touch and the time and energy of those who have spread the word has been a constant source of encouragement to me. I appreciate it very much and it has helped me immensely. Please keep writing and I will respond when I can. (Just don’t write to me on Facebook!)

 

Thank you

 

Craig b

You can listen a song from the new album here - https://soundcloud.com/amoteofdust/slow-clap

Pre-order vinyl here - https://amoteofdustofficial.bandcamp.com/

CD and Vinyl from Germany here - https://stargazerrecords.bandcamp.com/merch

Post tour debrief by Craig b

End of tour debrief. Thanks to each and every promoter that looked after us, all those that came to the show and anyone that offered us kind words of support. Extra special thanks to Isa from Stargazer Records for doing a fantastic job of booking the shows and Graeme Smillie for being the best co-pilot I could ask for.

 

Here is a lovely review of our last gig in Glasgow - http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/live-music/reviews/a-mote-of-dust-finn-lemarinel-the-hug-and-pint-31-jan

 

Keep in mind we are supporting Emma Pollock in London on the 15th of March (Tickets here - http://www.stereoboard.com/emma-pollock-tickets/london.)

 

Finally, the album can be found here if you are ever looking for it - https://amoteofdustofficial.bandcamp.com/album/a-mote-of-dust-2

 

 

Now, about those essays I have been ignoring for over a month.....

To those who pre-ordered by Craig b

Hello,


I hate to write this as a first blog post but there has been a problem with the mail out of the records.


If you aren't on Facebook or twitter you may have missed a photo of all the records packaged up that I posted last Friday the 25th? Well, even though they were all ready to go, there has been a series of errors that has left me incredibly angry and frustrated. Our postal service in the UK (Royal Mail) is a joke and they have really messed things up for this release date.

If you pre-ordered the album before September the 25th then the UK orders might get there by Friday but maybe Saturday, mainland Europe (Germany, Italy, Switzerland etc) will hopefully get the record by Tuesday the 6th, America and Canada are looking at around Thursday the 8th.
 

I'm really sorry about this. It's embarrassing to be honest. There are a few orders that didn't make the original delivery that I posted out later that will get there in time but it will only be a small lucky handful.
 

The small consolation is that the digital version that you get for free because you pre-ordered from bandcamp will be released around midnight tonight. You can at least hear the album as planned.
 

Please accept my apologies. I'm totally gutted to be honest. I hope it will still be worth the wait.
 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Craig