Van der Graaf co-founder ex­plores life, love and hypocrisy on forth­com­ing re­lease.

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From The Trees, Peter Ham­mill’s 36th solo al­bum, is re­leased on Fie! on Novem­ber 3. Six of its 10 songs were pre­viewed at Ham­mill’s three-night Café Oto res­i­dency in Lon­don this March.

“I’m very pleased with how it turned out,” Ham­mill tells Prog. “I wanted to do that old-school thing of ac­tu­ally hav­ing com­pleted the songs be­fore I went into the record­ing process.”

This marks a de­par­ture from the com­plex short story/ screen­play as­pect of his 2014 solo …All That Might Have Been… and the den­sity of Van Der Graaf Gen­er­a­tor’s Prog Award­nom­i­nated Do Not Dis­turb from last year.

“A lot of peo­ple say they don’t want to do the same thing from one al­bum to the next. I think over the years, I’ve proved that in spades,” Ham­mill says.

Al­though a long way from what many would call a con­ven­tional song struc­ture, there is a ten­der beauty to the ma­te­rial here.

The sub­ject mat­ter is richly Ham­mill – the pas­sage of time, the hypocrisy of fame and of­fice, a long­ing for lost love. To sup­port its re­lease, there will be a five-date Ja­panese tour in Oc­to­ber, a visit to Italy for seven shows in Novem­ber and a solo per­for­mance at the IB Expo 17 in Swe­den. There’s a pos­si­bil­ity that some UK dates will be added next year. “For once in my life, I’m nom­i­nally tour­ing to sup­port a record. It’s a tri­umph of mar­ket­ing at this very late stage!” Ham­mill laughs.

For more, visit­fa­ and turn to page 98 for full re­view of the al­bum.


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