Today sees the release of ‘Motion’, my collaboration with Andrew Heath under my own name, Toby Marks.
Andrew and I started making extensive field recordings on trips to the four corners of Britain during 2018. We went deep into Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales, explored Suttle Stone Quarries in Bournemouth, hopped on the Swanage Ferry to Poole Harbour, took to the air with the Yorkshire Gliding Club, floated down the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and rode the Bure Valley Railway in Norfolk.
By the end we had over a hundred hours of audio in total, which we processed and transformed, blending piano, guitars and electronics, to produce a deeply meditative, endlessly unfolding collection. It’s not background music though, although I’m sure you could have it on in the background if you want, but rather evolving pieces which will draw you in and take you away. If you’re a fan of Banco’s more ambient tracks, then I think you’ll find this album very much to your taste.
To celebrate the release, Andrew and I are heading out on tour: the shows will feature the whole album played live so expect an evening of slowly evolving works of (I think) great beauty and depth. There are also Banco festival shows coming up this Summer and more planned for the colder months. Please follow me on Facebook or Songkick to keep up to date.
In other news, my radio show for Glastonbury FM has moved to the first Saturday of the month, and you can listen after broadcast by going to Disco Gecko’s mixcloud page.
Toby Marks and Andrew Heath present Motion:
May 10: Stroud, SVA Goods Shed TICKETS
May 11: Sheffield, Regather TICKETS
May 17: Kingkerswell, St Mary’s Church TICKETS
May 18: Frome, Silk Mill TICKETS
June 14: London, The Old Church TICKETS
June 15: Birmingham, Blue Orange Theatre TICKETS
Banco de Gaia
May 26: Bearded Theory Festival, UK TICKETS
June 28: Glastonbury Festival, UK (sold out)
July 27: Farmfest, UK (DJ set) TICKETS
August 7: Samsara Festival, Hungary TICKETS
August 18: Beautiful Days, UK TICKETS
August 18: Whirl-y-Fayre, UK TICKETS