David J releases his new track titled ‘Migena And The Frozen Roses’ with collaborators Anton Newcombe and Asia Argento. The song is an eloquent poem set to a sublime score courtesy of David and Newcombe. They say that ‘beauty lies with you.’. In the song ‘Migena And The Frozen Roses’, the beauty lies within the music. The music of this song encapsulates the words and enhances the feeling of such, much like the score of a film when the words, or lack of words, in a scene delve into ambiguity. This, to me, gives a perfect example of the marriage of words and feeling, in this case, the music, and how both can not only give you the emotion but an understanding.
As of September 6, ‘Migena And The Frozen Roses’ will be available across all digital platforms. A two-track version of the single, including David J’s rendition of ‘Read ‘Em ‘N Weep’ (written by Ian Hunter), can be downloaded exclusively via Glass Modern Records’ Bandcamp. The full album will be available on double vinyl, CD and digitally as of October 18.
About Migena And The Frozen Roses
David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) presents ‘Migena And The Frozen Roses’, a new single that features The Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe on keys, synth, percussion and programming and spoken word by Italian actress Asia Argento.
Collectively written by these three artists, this song was co-produced by David J and Anton Newcombe, the latter of whom also engineered it at Cobra Studio in Berlin. The single will be released on September 6.
This is the second single from David J’s forthcoming album ‘Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure’, following the release of ‘The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet’s Cut)’ featuring actress, activist, and writer Rose McGowan. The new album will be released in late autumn.
“I wrote the words to this while on tour, on a flight from Turin to Berlin, on my way to stay with Brian Jonestown Massacre mastermind Anton Newcombe. We had planned to record something new together in his studio. This collaboration instantly clicked. Anton recorded a basic beat and we came up with an improvised piece based around my acoustic guitar part. Anton works very quickly and we kept on bouncing ideas off of each other. Taking it in rapid turns to add another layer to the track. While playing live I had been experimenting with a Fishman AFX delay pedal which creates these wild echoed loops, so we laid down a couple of tracks of this, my guitar lying on the floor with me twiddling the knobs on the old wobble box. Then, at Anton’s suggestion, I added some distorted bass guitar. I have to say that I was enormously impressed with Anton’s musical invention. Everything he came up with – keyboard parts, strings, percussion, etc. – worked right away,” says David J.
“After a few hours, we had a very strong instrumental track simmering away. All it needed now was some vocals. Anton asked if I had any poetry and I so I grabbed my book with the Migena piece. The spoken word recitation worked perfectly over the music and we had it first take. It then entered my mind that this track would be a good vehicle for Asia Argento, the Italian actress, director, and sometime musician. She and Anton had already worked together on her excellent album, ‘Total Entropy’, which I had played in its entirety before my show in Turin a few days before. Asia had approached me several years ago with a request that we work together. “David, let’s make art!” Well, now was the time! We texted her and it turned out that she was sick with a cold and in bed in New York City. Still, the lady was game. I asked her to simply write something in Italian about a red rose and then a yellow rose and to record her voice on her phone and send it to us in Berlin. This she did. We flew her very sexy throaty vocal (made even huskier by the cold) into the mix and with a little nudging by Anton it worked great. My spoken piece concerned a meeting that I had just had in Turin with a beautiful young Albanian girl. I love how this track turned out. Red roses all round!”
‘Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure’ will be a double album. It is an intensely personal, self-deprecating, confessional song cycle. It is also a ‘coming home’ of sorts as the label behind the release is Glass Modern Records. Based in London, this is essentially the newly reactivated Glass Records, the label that originally released some of David J’s earliest critically acclaimed solo works.
Photo taken by S.T.R. Anger
- ‘Migena And The Frozen Roses’ written by David J, Asia Argento, Anton Newcombe
- David J – Vocals, treated nylon string acoustic guitar, bass guitar
- Asia Argento – Spoken word vocal (Italian)
- Anton Newcombe – Keys, synth, percussion, programming
- Produced by David J and Anton Newcombe
- Engineered by Anton Newcombe at Cobra Studio, Berlin
- Mastered by Ian Kelosky at First Floor Studio, Prague