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The dodgy voice acting continues as this episode tells us about Seven Bells John’s most heinous crime, the murder of the Jeremiah twins. ‘Won’t you tell us where the last one is?’

It includes the songs Lines overheard at a Séance and Moon in the Water.

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Ahead of the release of my next album, Fit the Fourth, I thought I’d tell the story of Seven Bells John in chronological order. That way you might understand what half the music on the new album is about.

This one starts with some dodgy voice acting (I did my best!), followed by a bit of the story and the track Nightfall

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11117378_10153231910386477_997808230_nMy new album, Fit the Fourth is now available for pre-order in CD and digital formats.
CD pre-order from The Merch Desk
Digital pre-order from the BEM sales site
The album is to be released on 1st June 2015 and while you’re waiting for it to arrive check out the single, ‘Some of the Creatures Have Broken the Locks on the Door to Lab 558’, released as a pay-what-you-want download single on the BEM site today

 

 

 

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My new album Fit the Fourth will be released in June. Here’s a PDF of the press release. And here’s what my record labels PR department (ie. a lovely bloke called Martin) has to say:

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Bad Elephant Music
TOM SLATTER – ALBUM RELEASE DATE AND ARTWORK

Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce that ‘Fit the Fourth’, the new album from respected singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Slatter, will be released on June 1st, 2015.

Tom weaves complex and fantastical stories throughout his music and this new album is no different. Dark deeds and dangerous characters litter the narrative, including the continuing tale of Seven Bells John. The story of this menacing character and the vivid steampunk world he inhabits has been interwoven throughout Tom’s music from his first appearance on Slatter’s debut album ‘Spinning The Compass’. With ‘Fit the Fourth’, John’s journey comes full circle with his eventual fate revealed in twenty-minute epic, ‘Seven Bells Redeemed’.

Aided by bassist Jordan Brown on two songs, Tom has produced another stellar tale with deliciously sinister leanings illustrated, as ever, with Joe Slatter’s inventive visuals.

Fit the Fourth will be available directly from Bad Elephant Music – http://music.badelephant.co.uk/ – and other selected outlets from 1st June. Pre-ordering will be announced shortly – and keep a look out for more surprises!

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Here’s the lyric video for the final song from my song cycle ‘The Miser’s Will’.

What’s it about?

The previous songs were about the executor of the will collecting various weird body parts and then having them assembled. Here we see why as he reads the will to the miser’s mourning relatives.

What’s going on musically?

This is was such fun to write. There are callbacks and reprises from every other song in this, building up to the 4/4 version of the Cartographer’s Tale chorus as the miser’s sinister purpose is revealed.

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This is the latest edition of my email newsletter. Except if you’re not on the mailing list you don’t have the password to the fanpage. Wahahahaha! (You can get it. Just click on the link and do what it says).

Hello you!

So last month you learned that I am now a Bad Elephant. Over the next couple you’ll learn more about the new album as we release various bits and bobs, building up to the release date.

Nothing’s being made public until the beginning of April, but I thought I’d put some stuff up on the fan page for mailing list subscribers, so click here for the fan page and use the password [redacted] to hear and see some stuff about the new album.

In Other News

I’ve been adding things to my youtube account. There’s a bit of nonsense from the recent video shoot, lyric videos for 4 songs from the Miser’s Will and an acoustic version of Something’s Bound to Happen (An old Comrade Robot song).

It’s going to be a great summer if you like my music. The new album is the best stuff I’ve ever written. If you don’t like my music… Why on earth are you still receiving these emails?

Thanks for listening!

Tom

www.tomslatter.co.uk

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The fourth track from the Miser’s Will, a song cycle from my album Ironbark.

What’s it about?

In the previous songs we heard about the acquisition of some metal claws, a brain in a jar and a twisted metal skeleton. Now it is time to assemble them…

What’s going on musically?

This is in E lydian, a lovely major mode with a raised fourth which gives it a delicious, off kilter feel. The chorus chords are similar to the chorus the the first track and the bridge is inspired by the previous song.

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Here’s the third song from my Song Cycle The Miser’s Will

Watermen’s square was inspired by the building of the same name near where I used to live in Penge, south London.

What’s it about?

Some watermen on the Thames, dredging up a misshaped iron skeleton, dragging it back to the titular square to examine it, only to have the black-clad executor of the will turn up and claim it. Which scares them a bit, cos they hadn’t told anyone they’d found it.

What’s going on musically?

It’s all arpeggios and getting confused between major and minor. I often find it useful to state something in the minor, then directly contradict that with the major version.

I also like the percussion in this. It’s all weird clanking samples and boxes being hit rather than real drums. And the synth stuff is pretty too.

One of my best songs this, even if I do say so myself.

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What The Orderly Saw

What’s it about?

A hospital orderly witnesses a Doctor cutting a brain out of a corpse, then trying to double cross the man who paid him to do it.

What’s going on musically?

All the songs in the Miser’s Will connect musically. In this case the main riff is a much elongated version of the chord changes from one line (Follow follow said the letter) from the previous song, taken down a fourth.

I’m really proud of the guitar part on this song, and the fact that I had the courage to go minimal and build up slowly. Always goes down well live too. Everyone likes a song about a brain in a jar.