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The Burning Skull + Craquelure EP

by Cédric Pin/Glen Johnson

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    ‘The Burning Skull’ comes as an 18 track CD in a debossed, gold foil blocked digipack.

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    Includes unlimited streaming of The Burning Skull + Craquelure EP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • 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.
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  • 'The Burning Skull' LIMITED EDITION ETCHING FROM ZINC PLATE (10 COPIES ONLY)
    Poster/Print

    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.)

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  • The Burning Skull LIMITED EDITION 23 CARAT GOLD LEAF PRINT (10 COPIES ONLY)
    Poster/Print

    Based on ‘The Burning Skull’ album cover image by Cédric Pin
    Black and white print on canvas textured paper with 23 carat gold leaf finish
    Hand-signed and numbered by Pin

    Sheet size : 45cm x 32 cm
    Printed area : 21 cm x 14.8 cm

    Handmade by Pin

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about

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.

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released July 27, 2018

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