The new single is accompanied by a video directed by Grain Freeze. Luis explains: “The video includes many aspects of the ‘Presence’ album campaign. mixing unused footage from the video of the album’s previous single ‘Look Away’ and live images filmed at the sold-out November show at Lexington in the style of Stan Brackage. If you watch it to the end, you’ll notice that the song fades into the actual live show as the outro. It features Freya Hicks on viola, Haydn Winn on cello, the ever-talented Maurizio Ravalico on percussion and my fantastic core band Adam Sopp on keys, Matt Allchin on bass, Henry Danowski on drums, guest vocals by south London siren Misty Miller and my friend Isabella Ramsay”.
Attawalpa has confirmed a few live dates in the coming months, with more to be announced soon.
Thursday 9 February – The Ivy House, London (support Misty Miller) – TICKETS
Saturday 18 March – Tracey Emin’s TKE Studios, Margate
Saturday 22 April – Dash The Henge Store, London
Attawalpa’s debut album ‘Presence’ was recorded between New York’s Electric Lady Studios with Binky Griptite (The Dap-Kings) and Caito Sanchez (Charles Bradley) and London’s Eastcote Studios and Off Licence Recordings with Matt Allchin co-producing. The album features Henry Danowski (drums), Haydn Wynn, Adam Sopp, Matt Jones, Misty Miller and Isabella Ramsay.
“The main theme of ‘Presence’ is love, loss and longing”, Luis recalls, “Generally speaking, these 10 songs document how I observe, record and explore my experiences as the world moves through and around me. The songs represent my recent collaborations, limitations, and a subjective sense of humour. These songs connect to the feelings in my body. The general theme of ‘Presence’ is a simple but challenging desire to stay in the present, stay connected and not dissociate from the moment.”
In addition to writing and performing as Attawalpa, Felber has been busy scoring and soundtracking for his wife Lena Dunham’s latest films ‘Sharp Stick’ and ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’. Performed, written and produced by Luis Felber and Matt Allchin, the score for ‘Sharp Stick’ features the Attawalpa band, a string section and an ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument used most recently by the likes of Jonny Greenwood and Damon Albarn. Starring Kirstine Froseth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jon Bernthal and Dunham herself, the film follows a socially and sexually stunted caregiver living on the outskirts of Hollywood with her mother and sister.
The soundtrack for ‘Catherine, Called Birdy‘, which also includes portions of the score by composer Carter Burwell, features cover versions of songs by Supergrass, The Angels, Elastica , Billie Piper, Alicia Keys, Mazzy Star and Rod Steward. Recorded at Eastcote Studios and performed by ‘The Birdy Band‘ with regular collaborator Misty Miller on vocal duties, the soundtrack also includes two original songs by Luis Felber. Written and directed by Dunham and based on Karen Cushman’s children’s novel of the same name, ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’ is set in medieval England and follows Lady Catherine aka Birdy, the youngest child of Lord Rollo and Lady Aislinn.