‘The Burning Skull’ comes as an 18 track CD in a debossed, gold foil blocked digipack.
EU CUSTOMERS : : As of July 2021, all VAT is paid through Bandcamp in advance. You will see the VAT added to the total of your order when you checkout.
In order to offset this VAT cost, we have reduced all retail prices accordingly so that the cost to you should be roughly the same as it always was.
Your mailing label contains an ‘IOSS’ icon, showing that all VAT has been paid and thus, you should not be charged again when your parcel is delivered. This should allow smooth and easy delivery of your records through customs, without any surprise import and admin fees.
Also : fuck Brexit.
Includes unlimited streaming of The Burning Skull + Craquelure EP
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
ships out within 2 days
Purchasable with gift card
Streaming + Download
Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Includes bonus digital EP, 'Craquelure,' featuring 2 exclusive 20 minute tracks : ‘Concatenazione Dei Spazi’ by Pin and ‘Set The Time Machine For Never’ by Johnson.
Purchasable with gift card
£7GBP or more
'The Burning Skull' LIMITED EDITION ETCHING FROM ZINC PLATE (10 COPIES ONLY)
Created for the release of 'The Burning Skull' a limited edition etching made directly from the original zinc plate by Cédric Pin
Charbonnel carbone black ink on 100% cotton paper (250g)
Hand-signed and numbered by Pin.
Sheet size : 37.5 cm x 29 cm
Printed area : 13 cm x 10 cm (approx.)
Cédric Pin and Glen Johnson first played music together in 2005 as part of cult, London-based, Anglo-French "ghostrock" group, Piano Magic. Pin's programming and keyboard contributions to the group's (arguably) most lauded album, 'Disaffected,' (which also features Cédric as the cover star) was instrumental to the band's flirtation with electro-pop at that time. The electro theme was explored in much greater depth on Pin and Johnson's Future Conditional project of 2007, from which an album, 'We Don't Just Disappear,' was released on the Factory Records re-issue imprint LTM Recordings.
Despite Pin leaving London for the comparatively sleepy town of Alès in the Occitanie region of southern France in 2008, they kept in touch. Pin raised a family and exercised his talent for painting, whilst Johnson continued to record and tour across Europe and beyond with Piano Magic. In 2009, the latter also recorded a debut solo album, 'Details Not Recorded' and co-founded a new independent label, Second Language Music.
Around 2013, the two mooted a new album, though this time of darker, more esoteric electronica, that was to become Second Language's 37th release, ‘The Burning Skull.’ Initially swapping music files by email, Pin and Johnson, spent the Winter of 2017-'18 putting the finishing touches to the project at their home studios in London and Alès.
‘The Burning Skull’ was greatly inspired by the key themes of vanitas and memento mori, ever-evident in contemporary, materialistic society and social media. Johnson explains, “It really interests me how pop music is increasingly escapist – that modern songwriters seem hellbent on frivolity, on shallow themes – physical attraction and lust, in particular. Whereas, should you address, say the shortness of life, the vapidity of materialism, vanity, etc, you’re lambasted for spoiling the party. People would rather just walk a big circle around life’s truths. Whereas, our songs actively embrace them.”
‘The Burning Skull’ also comes with digital EP, 'Craquelure,' featuring two, exclusive, 20 minute bonus tracks : ‘Concatenazione Dei Spazi’ by Pin and ‘Set The Time Machine For Never’ by Johnson.
supported by 62 fans who also own “The Burning Skull + Craquelure EP”
For me this is a longed for sister album to Piano Magic’s swansong ‘Closure’, often that album strayed a bit too far into straight up love lorn rock for my tastes, but this album steers Glen’s output back into the arcane haunted delights of earlier Piano Magic. No matter what the title of the band this showcases Glen’s unique musical approach and let’s hope he continues to create music whatever he decides to name its output. Richard Grant
supported by 43 fans who also own “The Burning Skull + Craquelure EP”
Stunning album, beginning to end, as usal... Favourites changing, listening after listening. Right now: Dead to me now (highest possibile volume mandatory) and A few scattered hours, perfect initial track for any respectable award winning movie. zorba72