Brighton-based singer-songwriter Nick Hudson presents his ‘Come Back When There’s Nothing Left’ EP, a 3-track offering that entails a double A-side with a unique take on Oingo Boingo’s ‘Not My Slave’ as the B-side. The stunning video for the title track, which features vocals by Toby Driver (Kayo Dot), was directed by acclaimed Scottish novelist Ewan Morrison.
“Come Back When There’s Nothing Left is a song about taking responsibility for one’s spiritual and moral decisions, and reducing to ascribe them to extant agents or systems. We have more resources and capacity for endurance than we may realize. And to regard ourselves as something separate or distinct from nature itself is a dangerous supposition, and one we’d be healthier and happier not making,” says Nick Hudson.
“My friend and frequent tour mate/collaborator Toby Driver introduced me to Clive Barker’s film ‘Lord Of Illusions’ whilst we both were on a Barker binge in Lockdown One. The song is in some ways inspired by that film, and by Barker’s work in general. I felt it right to ask Toby to sing the lead vocal on this. I find Toby’s performance very moving. I made a MIDI instrument out of my voice so in a sense it’s a duet, albeit a digitally-chopped and fragmented one.”
The cover art comprises a photograph taken under a Svalbard glacier by Kristjan Svavarsson, a photo from a shoot with Wolfgang Dubieniec, and layout by Ash Babb.
Hudson recently released the single ‘Surkov’s Dream’, a stark and melodic synth-based delight, featuring a MIDI instrument constructed from samples made of bass pedals from the vast church organ of St. Mary’s Brighton as it narrates an oneiric monologue from the imagined subconscious of Putin’s Grey Cardinal.
Hudson earlier previewed a live rendition of ‘There is No Such Thing as You’, yet another taster of his solo album ‘Font Of Human Fractures’, his first in five years. Recorded and mastered at Church Road Studiosby Paul Pascoe (Barry Adamson, Beat Hotel), this 10-track offering is Hudson’s first solo studio LP since ‘Ganymede In A State Of War’ (2016).
Nick Hudson is a prolific figure on the UK underground music scene and is perhaps best known as frontman of art-rock band The Academy Of Sun, who released their dystopian epic ‘The Quiet Earth’ last year to critical acclaim. Apart from music, Nick’s vast output also encompasses painting, film, and he has just completed his first novel.
Hudson has also collaborated with Wayne Hussey (The Mission) and Matthew Seligman (Bowie, Tori Amos, Morrissey), as well as members of NYC’s Kayo Dot, David Tibet (Current 93), Asva and Canadian queercore icon GB Jones. As The Academy Of Sun, he has also collaborated with Massive Attack’s Shara Nelson. Having toured 3 continents, highlights include appearances with Mogwai, Toby Driver and Keith Abrams of Kayo Dot, and Timba Harris (Mr Bungle, Amanda Palmer).
As of March 17, Hudson’s ‘Come Back When There’s Nothing Left’ EP will be available everywhere online, including and Spotify. The ‘Font of Human Fractures’ album will be released on vinyl and digitally on April 30. Both of these releases are available directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
01. Voyeurs Who Offer Nothing
02. Come Back When There’s Nothing Left
03. Not My Slave
Nick Hudson – Piano, programming, vibraphone and vocals
Lizzy Carey – strings on ‘Voyeurs Who Offer Nothing’
Toby Driver – vocals on ‘Come Back When There’s Nothing Left’
Kianna Blue – bass on ‘Come Back When There’s Nothing Left’
Written by Nick Hudson
Produced and mixed by Nick Hudson
Piano recorded at Church Road Studios, Hove by Paul Pascoe
Violin recorded at Audiobeach Studios by Forbes Coleman
Mastered to tape by Paul Pascoe at Church Road Studios, Hove.
‘Not My Slave’ written by Danny Elfman
Solo photos by Wolfgang Dubieniec. Nick Hudson/Toby Driver photos by Dominique Wirth
“Nick Hudson is a unique talent. His song writing and performances are breathtaking. He is long overdue being heard by a wider audience. This solo album is a peak in an already stellar career” ~ Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai)
“Scott Walker channeling Coil” ~ MOJO Magazine
“Surreal and spacey… Eerie and wonderful, with great depth” ~ The Spill Magazine
“The intimacy of a musical diary as well as an epic theatrical fascination… thrilling tension between its thematic juxtapositions and arrangements of diverse acoustic, electric, and synthetic instrumentation” ~ No Ripcord
“Genius” – BBC Radio (BBC Introducing)
“A song-suite of liberation, violence and ambition that is rich in promise and dizzying in its potential” ~ The Quietus
“A welcome earworm for any music aficionado and especially those with a taste for highly melodic and cutting-edge pop experimentalism” ~ Amplify Music Magazine