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Leo Abrahams

“Over the past 14 years, at the same time as being a guitarist-for-hire (for artists including Imogen Heap, David Holmes and Roxy Music), string arranger (Starsailor, Ed Harcourt, Alele Diane) and film composer (The Lovely Bones, Hunger), I was making my own records in a variety of styles. “Honeytrap” and “The Grape & The Grain” (Just Music) are collections of folky, acoustic instrumentals; “Scene Memory” (Bip-Hop) is an ambient exploration of electric guitar textures and treatments; The Unrest Cure (Mercury) features some of my friends and colleagues as guest singers – including Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt and KT Tunstall.

But I always preferred collaboration with others to doing my own thing, so I eventually became a producer/co-writer, and made records with Carl Barat, Chris Difford, Brett Anderson, Paolo Nutini, Olivia Chaney as well as bands including Frightened Rabbit, Oscar and The Wolf and Diagrams. I had given up touring by this point too, although when I was invited to join the re-formed Pulp, there was no way I could pass it up!

There wasn’t much time anymore to think about my own material. But every once in a while a song would bubble up, insisting on being written and recorded – which I would do at home. Originally an album but pared back to an EP, Zero Sum was the result: a few songs I made purely for myself, but which I’d like to share.

Since then, I’ve been working on a new album, partly inspired by modern Chinese ink paintings, which has contributions from Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Leafcutter John, Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Luke Smith (Clor).”

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