The New Year finds Chris and Cosey in the studio working on TG’s ‘final’ studio album ‘Desertshore’ a reinterpretation of Nico’s third solo album from 1970, produced by John Cale and Joe Boyd. The front and back cover of Nico’s Desertshore feature stills from Phillippe Garrell’s 1972 film, La Cicatrice Intérieure (The Inner Scar) which stared Garrell, Nico, and her son, Ari Boulogne (who sings on the last track of the first side Le Petit Chevalier in French–following up Nico’s My Only Child). A few of the songs from the LP appear on the film’s soundtrack as well.
‘TG’s Desertshore – The Final Report’ (its full title) was conceived by Sleazy during a long flight from Bangkok to Berlin in the winter of 2006, and TG has been recording/collecting elements for the album since.
In 2007 TG went into the studio to record a reinterpretation of Desertshore for a release originally scheduled for 2008. These studio sessions were made open to the public at the ICA in London, and the entirety of the 3-day, 12-hour-long session was recorded, given a limited press, and released as The Desertshore Installation– a 12 disc CDr a boxed set that documents the recording sessions for the Desertshore album. Each session lasted for approximately 2 hours and there were 2 sessions per day, an afternoon and an evening session. A Q&A session is also included in the recordings. The set only had one pressing, but a number of the “jams” recorded during the studio sessions appear on TG’s tour-only album release The Third Mind Movements.
- Hospitality Table at the Desertshore Installation
BUT a lot has happened since the winter of 2008 in TG/CC/CTI land…
Chris Carter writes (1/3/2012):
“Most of you probably know some of the story and some of you may know most of the story: Genesis walked out on TG at the beginning of the 2010 tour in November (we still have no idea why!) and we three attempted to recover from that disaster with a couple of X-TG shows. Feeling both deflated at TG ending and elated that he didn’t have to work with Genesis again Sleazy returned to Bangkok later that month to work on Desertshore using new gear he’d bought for the project and to begin recording the guest vocalists. He died before he worked on a single note.
2011 was probably our busiest year since touring as Chris & Cosey in the 1980s’ and 90s’ and honestly we’re not sure why this should be. You’d think as you get older things would begin to slow down a bit, but they haven’t. Ironically we’ve also had to turn down more offers, projects and shows than ever before – we’ve felt close to burn-out a few times last year, after all we’re only human and there are only 24 hours in a day, but we got through it, just.
All that aside, last year we managed to get all our Desertshore guest vocalists recorded for the album, some were done here at our studio, some in Europe and a few in the USA. Everyone we asked to collaborate said yes and everyone has done a fabulous vocal, Sleazy would be very happy. Sleazy could bluff for England and although when asked “how’s the album coming along Sleazy?” he’d appease us with a “fine, I’ll have some new mixes ready soon” it transpires that most of the work done on Desertshore was either done here in Norfolk by the three of us or stopped being done by Sleazy in Bangkok sometime in 2009. Oh Sleazy, Sleazy…
Which brings us to now…
All of the Desertshore material that was in Ableton Live (Sleazy’s DAW of choice) has been reconformed for Logic Pro (our DAW of choice) – a laborious process! To say these are early days would be a gross understatement, there is still a mountain of work to do – for a start we’re still trying to formulate six years worth of existing recordings, audio sketches, rough mixes, scribbled notes, endless lists and recalling things suggested at many, many ‘Desertshore discussions’ had over a cuppa or three.”
Our (self-imposed) schedule is to have the album finished by July for release late 2012 – maybe that’s being optimistic, who knows? but we do have a career outside TG and we’d like to get back to it at some point.”
TG’s Desertshore- The Final Report is tentatively scheduled for release late spring, early summer of 2012.