“Hello, it’s been a while. We’ve missed you. We hear you asking ‘where have you been?’…After years and years of writing and touring, striving for something ever evolving we needed to take a pause. For a while we shifted our attentions elsewhere, waiting for the unfathomable desire to sing to entice us back in. The music was always going to pull us back in the end.”
— Smoke Fairies – email update – 26 July 2019
In October, The Smoke Fairies launched the SMOKE SIGNALS podcast, a series of completely unrehearsed, quiet conversations between Katherine and Jessica (at times so quiet one has to strain to hear, but it’s worth it). The first episode (below) takes us back to the late 1990s as the duo examines “the boredom of working at temping jobs to support their musical aspirations, through the lens of Kaf’s letters to various lunch outlets.” New episodes are released every two weeks. Smoke Fairies’ new album, “Darkness Brings The Wonders“, will be released on 31 January, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. (One track, Disconnect, has been released as a single.) They will begin a short UK tour in Manchester on 1 February.
#9 – JACKIE MAY
Jackie May has written eleven episodes of VAN HELSING, including “Be True” (the one that explains how Sam and Mohamed met), “Outside World” (the one where Vanessa ponders her past while hanging from a rusty slaughterhouse hook), and “Been Away” (the one where Axel finds his sister and then loses her again). But she’s on this list because she wrote the episode that turned the Netflix series ANOTHER LIFE around. If you watched ANOTHER LIFE, you know why it needed to be refocused. The show accumulated a lot of silliness in the first few episodes, but it was such a good cast and there were so many interesting ideas floating around that some of us couldn’t stop watching despite that. Episode Nine eliminated problems. On the Salvare, Cas Isovic took her rightful place as second in command; alien-occupied Sasha was dealt with in a most practical manner (and left behind a sample of the alien language); someone found a functional use for a fire axe; the AI found a way to separate his personal life from his job; and the Salvare finally got to its destination, Pi Canis Majoris. Season 2 of ANOTHER LIFE will begin production in Vancouver in March.