Leader of the Starry Skies is a tribute album for Tim Smith, lead singer of The Cardiacs who has been hospitalised for the last two years after suffering a heart attack.
The seventeen tracks are a tribute to the creativity of Smith, whose beautiful music inspired a generation of underground musicians to pick up an instrument to create something that they wanted to hear rather than settle for what was being played to them on the radio.
Smith’s experimental and cryptic songwriting style has influenced many of the current British new wave of alternative music artists and it is hoped the tribute album will continue the trend, showing potential artists that you don’t always have to paint inside the lines to be creative.
Organised by ex-Cardiacs Bic Hayes and Mark Cawthra, Cardiacs’ guitarist Kavus Torabi and Spratley’s Japs singer Jo Spratley, Leader Of The Starry Skies features contributions from Oceansize, Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) Andy Partridge (of XTC), Max Tundra, Knifeworld, North Sea Radio Orchestra and many more.
Each track has very much been a labour of love for the artists involved, impeccably recreating the signature sound that made Cardiacs stand head and shoulders above their contemporaries.
Leader of the Starry Skies creates an atmosphere that’s almost carnival like in nature, plunging the listener into a world of psychedelia, soaked in progressive punk.
All profits from the sale of this album will go directly to Tim Smith.
You can download “The Stench of Honey” – covered by Kavus Torabi’s band, Knifeworld, below:
Leader of the Starry Skies is available to pre-order now from the Genepool website. This pre-order will entitle fans to a free exclusive limited edition album of Tim’s songs covered by friends and family. This will only be available to pre-order customers.
The tribute album will be released on Believers Roast on December 6th.