Calamity Horse releases debut long-player ‘A Boat Can Go Lost’. The alter-ego of The Grand Gesture’s Craig McNeil, the 11-tracker is available via The Mitcham Submarine.
The album features various guest appearances – including Katja Mayer who sang with McNeil in The Grand Gestures; Isobel Palos (Sinfonia Tamesa) on violin, and drummer Joe Smith (Pig Iron). Brass and piano arrangements are by William South – one-time bandleader and assistant musical director / composer for the Punchdrunk theatre production ‘The Drowned Man : A Hollywood Fable’.
Also on the credits is Spare Snare’s Alan Cormack, who with McNeil formed a band called The Sandflowers. Existing between 1986 to 1992, they supported the Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and The Sultans Of Ping FC, and released a single ‘Spiral’ which garnered support from John Peel at Radio One. ‘Calamity Horse’ was originally the title of a song by The Sandflowers.
The album is produced by Nigel Gray, the Grammy Award-winner whose credits include ‘Kaleidoscope’ and ‘Juju’ by Siouxsie & The Banshees and ‘Outlandos d’Amour’,‘Reggatta de Blanc’ and ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ by The Police.