To all the bands and characters who have decorated our lives over the years, with love…
As we bid a fond farewell to West Heath Studios in London, our home for almost twenty years and AED HQ, Edwyn and Sebastian commemorate the occasion with a selection of 19 favourites recorded over the 19 years:
Opening Theme from West Heath Yard: Billie Godfrey
(Performed without irony by Billie, the opener for sitcom, created by Edwyn and Seb, in 1999.)
Splitting Up (acoustic demo): Edwyn Collins
(Stark early version of one of Edwyn’s prettiest bitterest ditties, from Dr Syntax, 2001.)
Untitled Melody: Edwyn Collins and The Heartbreaks
(Edwyn and the lads re-work an early OJ smasher for Record Store Day, 2013.)
Caught In Midstream: Vic Godard & Subway Sect
(Vic’s classic contribution to Record Store Day, 2013.)
Pauline: Little Barrie
(We will always love Little Barrie and this is cut from their brand spanky new album, Shadow)
Hunger: Frankie and The Heartstrings
(The soul of Sunderland – keep on burning. Frankiestrings at the Yard in 2011)
Ghost Of Love: The Proclaimers
(Recorded as a bonus track on their “Hits” album, Edwyn always loved this one.)
Play The Hits: Hal
(Hal. Oh Hal. We love them and we immensely love this. This was, deservedly, seen in the charts, though not high enough. Good grief, what a single.)
Warm Nights: Robert Forster
(Warm Nights was the first album to be recorded at West Heath Yard in 1995. Edwyn and Robert go back a long way to when the Go-Betweens pitched up in the Postcard Records kitchen in 1980. Robert bought us a coffee-maker, still in use.)
Back To The Backroom: Edwyn Collins
(It speaks for itself, this one. From Dr Syntax, coming back from stasis in 2015.
Love Entropy: Colorama
(A wonderful atmospheric track from the brand new Colorama album, Temari – available guess where?? AED Records, of course!!)
(We made Astrid dress up as a prog rock band for the lost sitcom, West Heath Yard. This was 1999 and we pretended they were called Pegasus. Now Charlie Clark, from the band, can be found recording solo for AED!)
A Heavy Sigh: Edwyn Collins
(This is a tribute to London, his home for over thirty years, and where a piece of his heart will always be. From Home Again, recorded 2004, released, 2007.)
Hey Scenesters: The Cribs
(This is a memory of a very happy period at the studio. The Cribs, Edwyn and Seb. They clicked.)
In Your Eyes: Edwyn Collins and The Drums
(Recorded and written in no time flat, the perfect winning combination of Edwyn and Jon from the Drums voices, sound like they were made for each other.)
Remorseful: The Heartbreaks
(The most stylish and talented band from Morecambe ever. This is a sensory sensation of a track.)
Hold Your Fire: The Rails
(The Rails are currently on fire. We caught them first, and this haunting story song tells you why you need to hear more of them.)
Dark Times: London Mississippi
(London Mississippi are are AED supergroup. Trouble is, they’re all so busy it’s hard to pin them down. We have an album coming in the next few months. It’s amazing. That is all.)
Where Love Begins: Luca Santucci
(Luca is one half of Stubborn Heart, but this recording goes back ten years, never saw the light of day, but it wasn’t for the want of being incredible. Such a singer, goodness me.)
Welwyn Garden City: Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley
(Mad B Side from the early days of West Heath Yard. Edwyn and Seb, doing what they do best larking around to great and weird effect.)
2014 will see the birth of a new studio home in the far north east of Scotland. Clashnarrow will pick up where West Heath Yard leaves off.
"See you in the charts!" - Denny Lorimar
"Stay tight, but keep loose." - Jackson Gold
TEMARI follows Colorama’s acclaimed 2012 release, GOOD MUSIC and picks up where they left off, brimming with ideas and sounds! Resolutely eclectic to their core, Colorama continue to explore new styles whilst maintaining a consistency of songwriting that is never less than affecting.
We’ve got a preview track ’I Can’t Give You More Than Everything’ on the AED Player for you to enjoy!
For the first time in ever such a long time there is a brand new Roddy Frame album. May 5 is release day. Everybody is showering this record with fulsome praises. Well, of course they are, it’s a bloody marvel. AED is the fortunate home, so come over here to get yours in physical form, LP with free CD version, or CD. Both come with an additional pressie - a bonus live CD of six songs,
Here’s SEVEN DIALS on iTunes
..is a film, a hymn to happiness, directed, gorgeously, by Ed Lovelace and James Hall about Edwyn. About finding his way back to music, to life, to understanding. Coming in 2014, it’s been selected for the film festival at South by Southwest, which is quite something.
The film has it’s own Twitter handle, @EdwynFilm - for updates.
Charlie gets to be in a Western! And get shot! And possibly eaten by vultures!
Director Paul Orehovec creates another beautiful film to accompany Charlie’s music (which features the talents of Brandi Emma on vocals, eyebrow-arching and sharp-shooting.)
The folks at American Songwriter are fans too:
You can acquire Charlie’s perfect 10” vinyl 5-track EP, together with a FREE CD from our shop here: