Monopole on iTunes!

My new album is now on iTunes! Click here!

Or, if you prefer CD, click here. Perhaps you’re anti-iTunes? Then try my Bandcamp. :-)

I’m very proud of ‘Monopole.’ It was a huge struggle to get it finished, through separation/divorce, horrible family illnesses and all the subsequent fall-out those events entail.

But now it’s done and my baby is out there in the world. Please take care of it and give it hugs. :-)

November 16, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

New Video – Invisible Elastic

Here’s another track from my new album, ‘Monopole,’ (you can buy it here). My friend Laura is starring in it and she did a wonderful job following my tyrannical direction. “CRY NOW! TEARS! I WANT TEARS, WOMAN!”

Enjoy! :-)

October 20, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News, Videos.

White Town – Monopole

My new album, ‘Monopole,’ is now available to listen (and maybe buy!) on Bandcamp! 😀

October 13, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

NEW WHITE TOWN ALBUM!

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New White Town Album!, a set on Flickr.

Well, I’ve just got 1,000 copies of my new album, the fifth one I’ve made, delivered. Feeling quite emotional.

It’s called ‘Monopole’ and I’m very proud of it. It was made in very difficult times, which you’ll know if you read this blog regularly.

I can tell you ~ there is no better job in existence than being a musician! ♥

October 11, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

Busy Bee – New White Town Singles

I’ve been mad busy the last couple of weeks, mastering album tracks and also making pop vids. It’s been hectic!

For this album, I’m planning to release a vid for every track on the album. It’s partly because people only seem to share YouTube links for music now and partly because I want to push myself further as a film-maker and this is an excellent way to do it.

Here’s the first one (excluding ‘Cut Out My Heart‘ which I made last year):

‘Missing Her Again’ is a track I wrote way back in 1987. I decided to re-visit it for this album as it seems to fit my life again in lots of ways, sadly. I recorded a version way back then and it’s funny listening to my voice with a different, younger timbre.

And here’s the one I stuck up yesterday:

This song is a year old and it comes out of a similar place to ‘Missing Her Again’ in that it’s a love song written about someone who isn’t around any more. Here’s a more detailed explanation from a Facebook exchange I had:

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And I filmed another vid with my friend Laura on Tuesday. I’ve got a little production line going! :-)

August 18, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News, Videos.

New Single And Video – She’s A Lot Like You

And here’s another single from the new album! It’s 50p from here!

August 17, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News, Videos.

Another Sunny Night Gig, DJing and Parisness

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Last weekend, from Friday to Monday, I was in Paris! I went over to play a gig for the thoroughly lovely Another Sunny Night peeps. While I was there, I also DJed at Planète Mars, an awesome bar that you should check out if you’re ever in Paris.

I went over with Robbie, who was doing the sound and iPod wrangling. We managed to fit the music around eating an enormous amount of the tastiest food ever and a spot of sightseeing. But let’s do this properly, I’m getting a bit previous!

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Well, Friday night was the DJing. The bar was absolutely rammed and I played a suitably poptastic set. I did play loads of new tunes but there were more classics than before, albeit my slightly idiosyncratic definition of classic (The Sylvers, The Theme From Robinson Crusoe). The vibe in the bar was awesome and Hakim, the super-genial owner, plied me with some crazy cordials. Never had cucumber cordial before, puzzlingly good.

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Then on Saturday, it was the gig. I was first on and a little nervous as the last gig I played, The Hangover Lounge one, had been emotionally difficult. But I think I held things together better on Saturday and the crowd seemed to love it. I got loads of positive comments afterwards and people even bought records!

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Then I watched the other two bands, The Starlets and Panama, both rocking in different ways. The Starlets were, ironically, quite Brel: each song a vignette and musically quite theatrical and flourishy. All in a good way – I loved them!

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Then the last band, Panama, who were more indierocking rockness. They’ve got really catchy songs and very much reminded me of early Ric Menck bands, whether that’s Choo Choo Train or Bag-O-Shells. A bit of Lemonheads in there too, I reckon. Made me want to form a rocking band again and stamp on some pedals. Dude.

The Note I Left For François On A Setlist

Then on Sunday, I made a pilgrimage to François Truffaut’s grave. He’s been my favourite director for decades and I couldn’t miss the chance to pay my respects to his memory. I left the message you see in the pic above. White Town really couldn’t exist without Truffaut, I’ve stolen so much from him in terms of emotional explicitness and lack of wankiness.

Monday, we came home. Yeah.

Reflecting on the weekend, it reminded me that after I first played Mattias Jansson’s Cosy Den, in 2005, I posted about wanting to meet people I had something in common with, people I actually wanted to work with who were decent and genuine and into music. You know ~ not Tories.

Well, little by little, that’s happening. The first person who emailed me way back then was Ian Watson from HDIF and the man is a stick of rock with ‘GOOD EGG’ written all the way through. London Popfest, Indietracks, Hangover Lounge… I’ve been very picky about who I’ve worked with and I think it’s paid-off in that I haven’t had a horrendous gig experience due to trusting NME-ish indie chancers.

Add to that list: Another Sunny Night. Emilie, Clémence & Joanny took care of us, organised the gig and DJing faultlessly (despite most of them being severely inebriated) and we got paid. Of course, I still lost money overall but that’s international gigging. (Well, unless you’re Gaga, I guess?) The ASN massive fed, watered and generally held our hands through the weekend, checking we were okay and running about making everything perfect. So, we had a great time, the other bands had a great time and the audience… well, they definitely had a great time.

So, thank you ASN, thank you Paris and, of course, thank you François Truffaut.

May 19, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town On Bandcamp

I’ve finally set up a White Town Bandcamp page so peeps can buy directly from me! So far, there’s only one release on it: a special, Bandcamp-exclusive ‘Cut Out My Heart’ EP that includes this video:

So, have a click, have a listen and, if you decide to buy it, thank you! :-)

May 12, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

Hangover Lounge Gig & EP

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Click for some blurry phone pics.

On Sunday, I played The Hangover Lounge again and it was a bit strange… well, my bit was. The wonderful Rozi Plain and Nat Johnson who played before me weren’t strange at well. They both played delicate, intimate sets and you should check out their stuff immediately. The gig was for the launch of the second Hangover Lounge EP, which I’m honoured to be on with an acoustic version of my track ‘Cut Out My Heart’ (original synthpop version here).

So, Rozi and Nat both performed flawlessly and then, my turn. Well, I’ve been quite unsettled since my final divorce came through a few weeks ago and singing such intense, private songs was very, very hard. I made it through though, having my tiny ginger mate Kaypea in the front row helped loads.

It’s a question of balance: if one is too relaxed, not nervous at all, one can fall into an autopilot gig mode, not meaning anything one is singing. On the other hand, when I finished, my hands were trembling for a couple of minutes. I meant every word. Perhaps too much.

Ah well, people said they enjoyed the gig so that’s the main thing. But if it was a little claustrophobic, my apologies. Normal service will be resumed when my brain allows. :-)

Oh, nearly forgot:

That’s Nat guesting on ‘Your Woman.’ What a beautiful voice!

April 19, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

‘Your Woman’ Number 1 On The US iTunes Electronic Singles Chart

So, since yesterday, my song’s been at Number One in the US electronic singles chart on iTunes. I thought it was some strange blip and it’d get knocked off but it’s still there!

I’m doing better than Owl City, Duck Sauce and The Postal Service! :-)

How strange? I wonder if it was on some TV show or something?

I still think it’s some error or glitch. :-)

March 17, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

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