Yes, it’s Christmas time, and as another year draws to a close, The Velvet Onion has not one, but two presents for you.
Our annual TVO Calendar has sadly been delayed a little, but will be here for your perusal before 2012 runs out of gas. We’ve been working round the clock the last few days to ensure it’s up to scratch, and reaches you before the end of the month, and we think you’ll love what we’ve come up with, so stay peeled over the festive season for that!
The other present… well that’s arguably more special. We’ve called upon some of our more musical friends in the realm of the Onion, to provide a very special eight-track EP you can download completely free!
Just 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 hurry, because the files will only be available until SUNDAY JANUARY 6th, before being taken down forever. For a full tracklisting, and a flashy swanky player loaded with all eight songs, 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 – a most merry of holiday seasons to you all. We love ya.
EDIT: This EP is no longer available.
Sorry folks, but this was a strictly limited edition special. We’ll aim to bring you more audio exclusives in the future. In the meantime, here’s a sampler of what you missed…
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 on cds sold 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.