Project Description

Revolutions go in Circles

Mark Mulholland

Solo album
  • MARK MULHOLLAND WEBSITE SELECTION

    Various Albums Tracks

    2022

  • REVOLUTIONS GO IN CIRCLES

    Mark Mulholland

    Release 27/5/22

  • THE DEVIL ON THE STAIRS

    Mark Mulholland

    2019

  • KUMA

    Kankou

    2019

  • MEDICINE TUNES

    Tony Rose

    2018

  • THE DARKNESS BETWEEN THE LEAVES

    Alba Griot Ensemble

    2018

  • ROLL HIGH & ROLL GOOD - SONGS OF TONY ROSE

    Various Artists

    2018

  • SOMEWHERE ELSE

    Rummage

    2016

  • AFRO-HAITIAN EXPERIMENTAL ORCHESTRA

    Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra

    2016

  • NEW PLANET

    Joe Armstrong

    2016

  • CHAOPHONIES

    Frankétienne & Mark Mulholland

    2014

  • WAITING FOR THE STORM

    Mark Mulholland & Craig Ward

    2012

  • THE CACTUS AND THE DRAGON

    Mark Mulholland

    2011

  • NEW ADVENTURES

    Two Dollar Bash

    2011

  • LOST RIVER

    Two Dollar Bash

    2008

  • ON THE ROAD

    Two Dollar Bash

    2007

  • TWO DOLLAR BASH

    Two Dollar Bash

    2007

  • FUNTENI BE BI DE

    Funteni Baby

    2017

  • Moving On - Mark Mulholland - Revolutions go in Circles

  • New Adventures - Two Dollar Bash - New Adventures

  • Walk a While - Mark Mulholland - Revolutions go in Circles

  • Claret Blue - Rummage - Somewhere Else

  • Ville schizophonique - Frankétienne & Mark Mulholland - Chaophonies

  • River Walk - Mark Mulholland - Revolutions go in Circles

  • Taking A Taxi - Two Dollar Bash - Two Dollar Bash

  • Waiting for the storm - Mark Mulholland & Craig Ward - Waiting for the Storm

  • The Cactus and the Dragon - Mark Mulholland - The Cactus and the Dragon

  • When It's Over - Mark Mulholland - The Devil on the Stairs

  • Moving On - Mark Mulholland - Revolutions go in Circles

  • River Walk - Mark Mulholland - Revolutions go in Circles

  • Walk a While - Mark Mulholland - Revolutions go in Circles

  • Drowning - Mark Mulholland - The Devil on the Stairs

  • When It's Over - Mark Mulholland - The Devil on the Stairs

  • Don't Want To Hear You Laugh - Mark Mulholland - The Devil on the Stairs

  • Sigi - Kankou - Kuma

  • Da - Kankou - Kuma

  • Kuma - Kankou - Kuma

  • When I Walk will you Follow - Tony Rose - Medicine Tunes

  • South of the Border - Tony Rose - Medicine Tunes

  • Getting it Together - Tony Rose - Medicine Tunes

  • Melt my Blues Away - Alba Griot Ensemble - The Darkness Between the Leaves

  • Long Way Home - Alba Griot Ensemble - The Darkness Between the Leaves

  • Horonia - Alba Griot Ensemble - The Darkness Between the Leaves

  • Joe Armstrong and friends - You Dont do Nothing Wrong - Various Artists - Roll High & Roll Good

  • The Mayhaws - Old Woman - Various Artists - Roll High & Roll Good

  • The Slaters - So Blue - Various Artists - Roll High & Roll Good

  • Claret Blue - Rummage - Somewhere Else

  • Departure Lounge Blues - Rummage - Somewhere Else

  • Hoodathunkit - Rummage - Somewhere Else

  • Salilento - Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra - Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra

  • Bade-Zile - Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra - Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra

  • Mon-Ami-Tezin - Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra - Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra

  • You Don't Get it - Joe Armstrong - New Planet

  • Guilt Ridden Blues - Joe Armstrong - New Planet

  • New Planet - Joe Armstrong - New Planet

  • Mots et Rêves - Frankétienne & Mark Mulholland - Chaophonies

  • Ville schizophonique - Frankétienne & Mark Mulholland - Chaophonies

  • Bleu fou - Frankétienne & Mark Mulholland - Chaophonies

  • All the doors are open - Mark Mulholland & Craig Ward - Waiting for the Storm

  • Waiting for the storm - Mark Mulholland & Craig Ward - Waiting for the Storm

  • A strange place - Mark Mulholland & Craig Ward - Waiting for the Storm

  • Why d'you Treat me This Way - Mark Mulholland - The Cactus and the Dragon

  • Another Falling Star - Mark Mulholland - The Cactus and the Dragon

  • The Cactus and the Dragon - Mark Mulholland - The Cactus and the Dragon

  • New Adventures - Two Dollar Bash - New Adventures

  • Blame it on me - Two Dollar Bash - New Adventures

  • Same old lie - Two Dollar Bash - New Adventures

  • Blue Skies Once Again - Two Dollar Bash - Lost River

  • Man In Black - Two Dollar Bash - Lost River

  • Reprobate - Two Dollar Bash - Lost River

  • Roulez, Roulez - Two Dollar Bash - On the Road

  • Tomorrow Never Comes - Two Dollar Bash - On the Road

  • Whisky - Two Dollar Bash - On the Road

  • Old Mail Train - Two Dollar Bash - Two Dollar Bash

  • Taking A Taxi - Two Dollar Bash - Two Dollar Bash

  • The Devil And The Angel - Two Dollar Bash - Two Dollar Bash

  • Anw te Kele fe - Funteni Baby - Funteni Be Bi De

  • Funteni Be Bi De - Funteni Baby - Funteni Be Bi De

  • Mvulu - Funteni Baby - Funteni Be Bi De

The 3rd album by Scottish singer-songwriter Mark Mulholland, ranging from breezy pop-rock, Celtic folk and jazz to reggae and psychedelic afro-beat, while always retaining the distinctive style that makes Mulholland’s songwriting unique.

Recorded in Bamako, Paris, Berlin and New York, it features collaborations with many of the musicians he has worked with in recent years, including the late Tony Allen, Toumani Diabate, Yacouba SIssoko, Vincent Bucher, Sean Condron, Pamela Badjogo & Baba MD. Let’s go back to the beginning. Then forward, around again. Let’s seize another chance. Follow a different silver thread. And arrive at the point of departure. “Revolutions go in circles always back to the start/ And leave you wondering why you tore it apart,” sings Mark Mulholland on ‘Carousel’, one of 12 finely crafted songs on his long-awaited third solo album, Revolutions Go In Circles.  “But I still can’t help believing in the promise of a brand new day.</span

There’s hope here. For fresh starts, new vistas, and finding redemption in a song. “Sometimes songs rear their heads and say ‘It’s time for me now’,” says Mulholland, the Scottish singer-songwriter whose work as a solo artist, band member and producer has won him a stellar international reputation. “These are songs that tell stories. About good times, and making the most of the time we have left. About going with the flow. Finding salvation in your friends.”

Mixed and mastered by Grammy-winning producer David Odlum, Revolutions Go In Circles boasts recordings made in Berlin, New York, Paris and Bamako, Mali, of songs performed live in cities including Prague, Port-au-Prince and Maputo. Here are old songs refreshed and songs created new, each song buoyed by Mulholland’s expressive voice, skill on guitars – acoustic, electric, bass, slide – and knack for melody and harmony. And indeed, by musicians with whom he has long collaborated: American multi-instrumentalist Sean Condron. From Nigeria via Paris the late Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. From Mali, kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, n’goni player Yacouba Sissoko and singer and kamelen’goni player, Baba MD. Plus a wealth of comrades on everything from fiddle, harmonica and piano to synths and backing vocals.

The resulting blend of rock, blues, jazz, psychedelia, Celtic folk and Afro-Manding styles – and elements of reggae, Afrobeat and the raw energy of punk – is woven seamlessly into Revolutions Go In Circles. ‘Moving On’, the album’s first single, is a propulsive tune that was originally sung on the streets of Prague. This time around it comes with by a video shot in the wild Camargue region of France and directed by French film auteur Bertrand Fèvre, known for his work with Chet Baker and Miles Davis, and whose vision posits “Moving On’ as an anthem for the restless. “You can usually feel when it’s time to leave things behind, and my decisions tend to be based on intuition rather than reason,” Mulholland says.

This go-with-your-gut aesthetic is partly why he was asked (with Damon Albarn and Paul Chandler) to engineer, produce and play on Lindé, the lauded 2020 album by Malian singer/guitarist Afel Boucoum, subsequently released on World Circuit.  Why Mulholland felt led to compose and produce Kuma, the 2019 album he made with Malian singer Kankou Kouyaté and French electronic musician Olaf Hund; and record and produce Medicine Tunes, the 2019 debut by Scottish singer/songwriter Tony Rose – both of which Mulholland released on his Berlin-based label, Cannery Row. Instinct variously got him involved in 2018’s inspired Celtic folk/West African endeavour, Alba Griot Ensemble (Riverboat Records); producing the 2017 album Kidal (Glitterbeat) for Malian band Tamikrest; and co-creating and producing 2016’s Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (also Glitterbeat), a project involving percussionists and vocalists from across Haiti including singer Erol Josué, with Tony Allen on drums and Mulholland playing guitar.

Instinct, too, had him paying attention when older songs demanded another turn, and new songs begged to be written. Songs such as ‘Getting There’, a harmonica-fuelled tune about time passing; ‘River Walk’, in which Allen’s dynamic drumming underpins loping desert blues; ‘Live Anywhere’, a musing on a line borrowed from Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; traditional American folk song ‘900 Miles’ comes West Africanised, its tale of long-distance loneliness made magical, even revolutionary. ‘Silence Falling Slow’ is all soft light and shade; ‘Carousel’ is stripped down yet layered with meaning – another highlight on an album that is filled with them. Each song – indeed, the album itself – inviting repeated listening. Ready? Then let’s begin. Again. And again.

Jane Cornwell

Infos

  • Release 27/5/22

  • video + single “Moving On” available now

  • Ports of Call Music POCM 2201

  • Produced by Mark Mulholland

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