Saint Marie will release two EPs (Digital) and an LP (Vinyl, CD & Digital) over the coming months. The first EP is scheduled for February 18th and is named "Extended Play" with the LP "The Stars And The Silence" and second EP to follow shortly behind. This is the third release for a Van Hoen project in less than a year. Starting with the first Locust record in 12 years and the new collaboration Black Hearted Brother with Neil Halstead and Nick Holton.
The first single from the record "The Stars & The Silence" is the lead track on "Extended Play" EP and can be heard/seen here with the premiere of the official video:
The digital EP "Extended Play" can now be pre-ordered:
Black Hearted Brother: http://www.slumberlandrecords.com/
The histories of new collaborations birthed out of the photo books of futures past often comes over the strong bonds of shared familiarities, and the process of new dynamic discoveries. To hear it from Mark Van Hoen [Black Hearted Brother, Locust, Scala, Seefeel, and so forth], about his formidable beginnings in his high school sprung band, The Occasional Garden; “we discovered we had a mutual love for Cocteau Twins, and decided to form a band.” An early group founded by his school friends Mark Clifford, and Martin Maeers; Van Hoen talks about near signings with Stevo Pearce’s Some Bizarre Records, and upbringing of being “quiet kids” in a rough school; “doing our best not to be noticed by the punks & skinheads.”
Onward through the 90s of starting groups from Scala, Locust, solo work, collaborative work on Black Hearted Brother and more; the hometown connection endured through the new beginnings and group transitions. From sessions scattered throughout the oughts to present day; Van Hoen gathers again with Martin Maeers and also joined by Rachel Davies of Esben & The Witch, Neil Halstead & Al Forrester, Angus Finlayson, amongst other friends. “A convergence of different musicians, places, atmospheres and times”, Mark V.H. describes it, “I like it when all these things are knitted together to create a music that would not be possible by a group playing together in a room.”