As Christmas 2012 approached, and another year drew to a close, The Velvet Onion had not one, but two presents for you.
Our annual TVO Calendar was sadly delayed a little, but arrived just before 2012 ran out of gas. We were working round the clock over Christmas to ensure it was up to scratch, and reached you before the end of the month, and we hope that you love what we came up with, and what we gave you in the meantime!
The other present… well that was arguably more special. We called upon some of our more musical friends in the realm of the Onion, to provide a very special eight-track EP you could download completely free!
All you had to do was visit our Soundcloud page to get all eight tracks, featuring the likes of James Cook, Sue Denim, Antony Elvin, Stephen Evans, Suzy Evelyn-Hall, Rich Fulcher, Richard Glover, Shelley Longworth, Alice Lowe, Holly Jane Shears, Waen Shepherd, William Summers, Gareth Tunley, Michael Tyack and Tony Way.
But you had to hurry, because the files were only available until SUNDAY JANUARY 6th, before being taken down forever. For a full tracklisting, and a flashy swanky player loaded with samples of all eight songs you could have won, just like on Bullseye, see below.
TVO would like to thank everyone involved with the making of these tracks, and the compiling of this collection. You all know who you are, and to you, and everyone out there reading this, whatever time of year, a most merry of holiday seasons (and non holiday seasons) to you all. We love ya.
01. Secret Wolf – GARY LE STRANGE
Taken from the long deleted third Gary Le Strange album, Beef Scarecrow, this song has only previously been made available at Waen Shepherd’s live shows many moons ago. Stay tuned for the full reissue of his GLS albums over the next twelve months, with the first, Polaroid Suitcase available now.
02. Stingo – PRINCES IN THE TOWER
Originally a spin-off from folk legends Circulus, the magnificent Princes In The Tower have become an almighty Tudor force in their own right. This track is taken from the forthcoming debut album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower, which will be available soon…
03. Midnight, The Stars And You – RICHARD GLOVER & STEPHEN EVANS
Described by Evans as a ‘short and daft’ version of the 1930s classic (forever immortalised in The Shining), this is a previously unreleased recording from the Splendid duo…
04. The Self Machine – JAMES COOK
Taken from James’ wonderful debut solo album, Arts And Sciences, this track sees the former Nemo frontman on typically fine form. The album is available now.
05. Song Of A Wayfarer – WILLIAM SUMMERS
Recorded live at St John the Divine Church in Richmond upon Thames back in July, this is an exclusive, haunting live recording from the multi-instrumentalist.
06. Unicorn – DEADDOGINBLACKBAG
The first new DeadDogInBlackBag song for a long, long time, this is a complete and utter exclusive from the electropop duo.
07. Another Rainy Day – SUE DENIM
A 60s influenced b-side from Sue’s recent Bicycle single, this track acts a taster for her delightfully summery debut solo album, Sue And The Unicorn, which is available now.
08. This Christmastime [2012 Mix] – ANTONY ELVIN, ALICE LOWE & FRIENDS
Originally recorded for Alice Lowe & Jacqueline Wright‘s Jackal Film of the same name back in 2010, this fresh mix from its producer and co-writer Antony Elvin features a host of TVO stars – Gareth Tunley, Shelley Longworth, Waen Shepherd, Tony Way and Rich Fulcher – spreading an important message for the festive season.