Matthew Halsall shares second single, ‘Calder Shapes’, from forthcoming LP

Photo: Emily Dennison

Following the magical and moving lead single ‘Water Street’, Matthew Halsall is offering up a new single titled ‘Calder Shapes’. Lifted from his much anticipated album An Ever Changing View, ‘Calder Shapes’ is dedicated to American sculptor Alexander Calder. “I’ve always loved his work”, Halsall said, “and in particular how it is in harmony with nature and space.” The single comes with an accompanying video directed by Daniel Halsall. Watch it below.

An Ever Changing View is out on September 8th through Gondwana Records

Matthew Halsall set to release new album, An Ever Changing View; shares lead single ‘Water Street’

With an ambitious 15-year career spanning 8 studio albums, various collaborations and an incredible record label, Matthew Halsall has firmly established himself as a major force on the UK jazz scene. The gifted trumpeter, composer, bandleader and producer crafts unique spellbinding compositons blending jazz, electronica, global and spiritual jazz influences. He is back with his much anticipated ninth album, An Ever Changing View, releasing on September 8th through his own Gondwana Records. Described as his most experimental yet, the forthcoming album was written whilst Halsall stayed in both a architect’s house with stunning sea views in north Wales and a striking modernist house in Bridlington, in the northeast of England, which he likens to a “landscape painting” allowing him to encapsulate “the feeling of openness and escapism”.

In the studio, Halsall “would almost be like a DJ at points, bringing different elements in and out for people to play on top of”, as he puts it himself. “It was a new and fun way of working, and everyone beautifully adapted to that process.”

An Ever Changing View is both uplifting and balmy. Halsall comments:

“Music can elevate and inspire us, or soothe and protect us. It’s a quality that I hear in spiritual jazz, ambient music or just in the sound of the sea and the wind in the trees. I wanted that quality to be part of the tapestry I created for this album.”

September seems like a long way away but we can already hear the magical and moving lead single ‘Water Street’. It comes with an accompanying video directed by Matthew Halsall, Daniel Halsall and Rich Williams, and you can watch it below.

Mixtape #140

With a career spanning more than two decades, celebrated British composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Danny Mulhern has amassed a portfolio of award winning film and tv soundtrack work, solo releases and a long standing collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra. This month he is set to step in the spotlight again with the release of his fifth album, Singing Through Others, a beautiful sonic triumph effortlessly marrying contemporary classical music with elements of ambient and electronic. We’re over the moon to unveil his sublime mix giving a thumbs up to some of the artists that have inspired him.

  1. Mary Lattimore – Sometimes He’s In My Dreams [Ghostly International]
  2. N KRAMER – Wading Through The Grass [Leaving Records]
  3. Woo – Waterdrum [Independent Project Records / Drag City]
  4. Woo – Sarah [Emotional Rescue]
  5. Felbm – Florissant
  6. Danny Mulhern – Cloud Cuckoo [Enate Music / Kontor Media]
  7. Andrew Wasylyk – A Further Look at Loss [Athens Of The North]
  8. Beata Hlavenková – Scenery [Animal Music]
  9. Dave Okumu – Son Of Emmerson [Transgressive Records]
  10. Moondog – Bird’s Lament [Kopf]
  11. Daniel Herskedal – The Mariner’s Cross [Edition Records]
  12. Matthew Halsall – Mindfulness Meditations [Gondwana Records]
  13. Absolutely Free – How To Paint Clouds (Joseph Shabason Remix) [Boiled Records]
  14. Corntuth – D-005 [Flow State Records]
  15. Chico Hamilton – Andante [Pacific Jazz]
  16. Joseph Shabason – Our Place ft. Thom Gill [Western Vinyl]
  17. Max Cooper – Inanimate to Animate ft. Kotomi [Mesh]
  18. Kafari – What If
  19. G.S. Schray – District Lizards [Last Resort]
  20. Corntuth – A-001 [Flow State Records]
  21. Dictaphone – 808.14.4 [Denovali Records]
  22. Slow Attach Ensemble – Dance Four [Reliable Effects]
  23. Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion – The Flood Is Following Me [Nonesuch Records]
  24. Quest Ensemble – The Boatman [PFT Records]
  25. Group Listening – Wenn Der Südwind Weht [PRAH]
  26. Felbm – Tandem [Soundway]
  27. Wilson Tanner – Before Lotus [Growing Bin Records]