Return of the Moon King

I am pleased to announce a new digital double A-side available on Bandcamp.

The Moon King is inspired by the story of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, via the Luchino Visconti film Ludwig. I have been a fan of the Italian director Visconti, and his favourite leading man Helmut Berger, for some years now. The spoken introduction is taken from a 70s poster advertising the film. Seeing it made me want to find out more about the romantic but beleaguered Bavarian monarch. I identified with his retreat into fantasy in the face of personal and political hardship. Last year I had the pleasure of visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the many fanciful castles that he built during his life. Although the tour was very regimented due to the large numbers of visitors, it was still quite an enchanting experience.

Les Nuits sans Kim Wilde is a cover of an 80’s song by the French artist Laurent Voulzy. I love the original and admire Kim Wilde, so endeavoured to offer my own interpretation of it. I had never done a cover before but feel they can be worthwhile if they are different enough from the original. I couldn’t match the high-end, glossy and quintessentially 80s production of Voulzy’s version, so I went the other way, going for a dancy, nocturnal, slightly more minimal sound… and adding a touch of bassoon. The spoken outro comes from a 1982 interview that she did with The Face magazine, which I originally bought because there was also a feature about Steve Strange in the same issue.