Augustus Kwembe calling
The Wizard Is Bouncing
Werner Was Here And Now He’s Left
The Camel’s Back
Visions Of Phantoms
Dogs Of Death
Thy Name Is Delirium
I Don’t Sleep
Death Of A Madman
Monkey Tapping On The Window
She’s A Masterpiece
Sell Your Friends
The Middle Of The Mixtape
A Man Without A Moustache
Bomb Bomb Bomb
Polica - Dark Star (Baron Von Harcourt Remix)
Friends In Higher Places
Gonna Haunt You When You’re Dead
The Wizard Has Bounced
Sorry I lied.
Sorry I betrayed you.
I never meant to hurt you (…never meant to! make! you! cry!)
In case you didn’t check the date on Monday and if the opening Facejacker voicemail, the thumping trance, the psycho-psychedelia or that Herzog dialogue or the talk of midgets and mustachios didn’t give it away… I am sorry. Sorry that I treated you like a fool. An April fool. Most of you cottoned-on, but in case you’re one of those people hassling my manager to buy a copy on vinyl, let me be clear: Wizard Bounce is NOT my seventh album, it was a (somewhat elaborate) hoax. If you missed the free mixtape on Monday, CLICK HERE quick-sharp as it will only be up for a short while.
Of course, I wrote all of these tracks, excluding that one from Willy Wonka, and the remix toward the end of Polica’s ‘Dark Star’. Most of them have been sitting on my hard drive for years. A few are from my tascam cassette 4 track. Some were written and sent to friends to cheer them up. Some were written in a heady haze of hysteria. Others I have no recollection from whence they came… ‘Thy Name Is Delirium’ is perhaps the odd one out on this Weeknd/Paul Banks/Lil’ Wayne-inspired mixtape odyssey, because it was actually recorded at Abbey Road when I was recording Back Into the Woods. This track is an ode to the wonders of imbibing and its cataTONIC effects but it didn’t quite fit amongst the serious pigeons on the album, but it helped lift the spirits in the studio. If you’d like to add it to your copy of BITW, you can download it for zero pence over here for a limited time. Think of it as the b-side to ‘Hey Little Bruiser’, which came out this week as a single, insomuch as anything is released ‘digitally’ these days, but there is a fantastic video for the track which my good friends the Contented Brothers put together, which you can see here:
So if Wizard Bounce isn’t my 7th album, what is? Well, it’s in the works, and I’m hoping to enter the studio later in the year to finish it…it is going to be quite a guest heavy record & as dark as an evil monkey in a lonely well. In the meantime, between fatherhood and friendships, all of this is happening or has happened:
- I’m touring England’s finest churches and concert halls at the end of May and start of June (and I hope to get around the rest of the world, just as soon as the dates are booked)
- I’m playing some UK festivals this summer. The ones that have already been announced are Glastonbury, Latitude and Brighton’s Great Escape.
- There is an Ed Harcourt beer (yes, BEER!!!) coming soon, but I’ll tell you more about that in a week or so. What should I call it?! (feel free to tweet with #beerintothewoods or share your ideas on Facebook)
- Producing other people’s records is keeping me busy and my cat fat. I’m currently producing Sophie Ellis Bexter’s new album, which we’ve written together. It is very different, no disco just beautiful chansons and Eastern European waltzes. I’ve also been working on something with my brother-in-law Carl Barat, as well as these lovely & talented ladies & gents: Kathryn Williams, Hannah Clark from Foe, Jamie N Commons, Sam Smith & also Catherine A.D. who’s coming out on tour with me in May-June… oh and how could I forget Laura Jansen whose new album came out last week.
- There may be a couple of film scores in the pipeline too, watch <—this—> space!
- I have been (re)composing some remixes… you can find the Polica remix over on my Twitter (@edharcourt) and keep an ear out for one I did for my dear friend Leo Abrahams.
- Oh and I had a track on the new Rogue’s Gallery album, which is out now on Anti-. It was produced by Hal Willner, executive produced by Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski. It’s a two-disc compilation of sea shanties featuring Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon and many, many, many more.
Upcoming Live dates
Thurs 16th-18th BRIGHTON, Great Escape Festival
Wed 29th BRISTOL, Colston Hall 2
Thu 30th LONDON, Cadogan Hall
Fri 31st WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms
Sun 2nd HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
Mon 3rd MANCHESTER, St Philip’s Salford
Tue 4th SHEFFIELD, Library Theatre
Thu 6th LEEDS, Holy Trinity
Fri 7th LIVERPOOL, Scandinavian Church
Sun 9th NEWCASTLE, Gateshead Sage 2
Mon 10th YORK, NCEM
Tue 11th NORWICH, Arts Centre
June 28th-30th GLASTONBURY Festival
18th-21st LATITUDE Festival in Suffolk
See you on the road,