Yikes! I vaguely remember getting an email about this earlier this year [checks email…] and it was apparently late May when the first word of this new Foxx project filtered out. And this has been a very different year. There has been so much to keep us preoccupied, and now the email arrived today, proclaiming that the release date of this new album was in one week. I acted decisively this morning, so I have the project now with my name on it.
This Metamatic Records release is one of the stray spoken word releases that Foxx has released in the last 20 years. This will be readings from his book, “The Quiet Man” with ambient piano accompaniment. So it will have some music in the mix, like his 2009 album “The Quiet Man” which was several other pieces from the writing with Foxx on piano, albeit with Justin Barton doing the reading. This time it’s Foxx himself doing the narration.
John Foxx: The Marvellous Notebook – UK – CD 
- The Marvellous Notebook
- Under London
- The Quiet Man
The CD is all four tracks in an edition of 1000. There is also an LP edition in… what else but gray vinyl, numbering 600. The LP copy will come with an insert signed by Foxx as shown at the heading of this post. The cover art was from a photo taken by Foxx as designed by Jonathan Barnbrook. So we know it will be an object of beauty and sound. The LP, being limited for space, will only have three of the four tracks. The fourth, “Under London,” will be provided via a download code. Prices are as follows.
These goods have a street date of next Friday, July 1st, 2022. There’s every chance that with my order in this morning they could ship out to arrive in a week or so. Things have been quiet [no pun intended] on the Foxx front of late. The “Howl” album hot on the heels of a pandemic seemed to draw a line that I’m glad Foxx has crossed with this project. The artist has been highly productive in the third phase of his career, but Foxx is 73 and has every right to withdraw from his public artistic life on his own terms. That day will come but for now he’s still sending out his probes into the intermix of the environment and his own psyche that he finds so compelling. Hit that button to order your own personal copy.