Nick Hudson has premiered his new video for the track titled ‘Come Back When There’s Nothing Left’ featuring Toby Driver. This song starts with an electronically somber start accompanied by a dystopian look. This is as dark as it is vibrant. Take into account Nick’s association with The Academy Of Sun and you can see the similarities and, even much more, the differences, between this and that.
I love it when an artists spreads their wings in a solo fashion and Nick has done more than that, he flew.
Brighton-based singer-songwriter Nick Hudson presents his ‘Come Back When There’s Nothing Left’ EP, a 3-track offering that entails a double A-side with a unique take on Oingo Boingo’s ‘Not My Slave’ as the B-side. The stunning video for the title track, which features vocals by Toby Driver (Kayo Dot), was directed by acclaimed Scottish novelist Ewan Morrisson.
“Come Back When There’s Nothing Left is a song about taking responsibility for one’s spiritual and moral decisions, and reducing to ascribe them to extant agents or systems. We have more resources and capacity for endurance than we may realize. And to regard ourselves as something separate or distinct from nature itself is a dangerous supposition and one we’d be healthier and happier not making,” says Nick Hudson.
“My friend and frequent tour mate/collaborator Toby Driver introduced me to Clive Barker’s film ‘Lord Of Illusions’ whilst we both were on a Barker binge in Lockdown One. The song is in some ways inspired by that film, and by Barker’s work in general. I felt it right to ask Toby to sing the lead vocal on this. I find Toby’s performance very moving. I made a MIDI instrument out of my voice so in a sense it’s a duet, albeit a digitally-chopped and fragmented one.”
Hudson recently released the single ‘Surkov’s Dream’, a stark and melodic synth-based delight, featuring a MIDI instrument constructed from samples made of bass pedals from the vast church organ of St. Mary’s Brighton as it narrates an oneiric monologue from the imagined subconscious of Putin’s Grey Cardinal.
Hudson earlier previewed a live rendition of ‘There is No Such Thing as You’, yet another taster of his solo album ‘Font Of Human Fractures’, his first in five years. Recorded and mastered at Church Road Studios by Paul Pascoe (Barry Adamson, Beat Hotel), this 10-track offering is Hudson’s first solo studio LP since ‘Ganymede In A State Of War’ (2016).
‘Font of Human Fractures’ is a collection of neo-classical torch songs with electronic undertones, banishing rituals and searing ballads, scored for piano and two violins, underlined with gothic electronica, with dramatic cameos and curveballs. A ruminative melting pot from the point of view of a queer man in his late thirties, this is like a dialogue with his younger self, negotiating himself free of toxic programming and banishing the inhibitions that can blight, dull and disempower the best of us.
Nick Hudson is a prolific figure on the UK underground music scene and is perhaps best known as the frontman of the art-rock band The Academy Of Sun, who released their dystopian epic ‘The Quiet Earth’ last year to critical acclaim. Apart from music, Nick’s vast output also encompasses painting, film, and he has just completed his first novel.
Hudson has also collaborated with Wayne Hussey (The Mission) and Matthew Seligman (Bowie, Tori Amos, Morrissey), as well as members of NYC’s Kayo Dot, David Tibet (Current 93), Asva and Canadian queercore icon GB Jones. As The Academy Of Sun, he has also collaborated with Massive Attack’s Shara Nelson. Having toured 3 continents, highlights include appearances with Mogwai, Toby Driver and Keith Abrams of Kayo Dot, and Timba Harris (Mr Bungle, Amanda Palmer).
As of March 16, Hudson’s ‘Come Back When There’s Nothing Left’ EP will be available everywhere online, including and Spotify. The ‘Font of Human Fractures’ album will be released on vinyl and digitally on April 30. Both of these releases are available directly from the artist via Bandcamp.