NOCTORUM

Marty Willson-Piper & Dare Mason - 2011

Noctorum is a collaboration between Marty Willson-Piper and Dare Mason.

SPARKS LANE (2003)

Noctorum - Sparks Lane Cover

Tracks (roll over or tap a track name for credits)

  Media

1.Hey There

Hey There

MWP - 12 string acoustic guitar, bass, lead vocal
DM - electric guitar, backing vocal
Matt Pharoah - congas
Duncan Bridgeman - flute
Sigge Hawken - recorder
Stacy Williams - backing vocal

(3:20)
2.Aujourd'hui

Aujourd'hui

MWP - lead vocal, 12 string acoustic guitar, electric guitar
DM - bass, backing vocal, synth, casio, percussion
Mark Wilkin - drums
Stacy Williams - backing vocal
Brigitte Ariel-Newman - spoken words

(3:41)
/
3.My Museum

My Museum

MWP - lead vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
DM - bass, pianos, synth, string arrangement
Rachel Didcot - cello
Allen Samuel - viola

(4:59)
4.Hymn

Hymn

MWP - lead vocal, electric guitar, bass
DM - backing vocal, piano, slide guitar
Colin Smith - dobro
John Bickerstethe - accordian
Rachel Didcot - cello
Mark Wilkin - drums

(4:18)
5.High As A Kite

High As A Kite

MWP - lead vocal, 12 string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass
DM - 12 string electric guitar, backing vocal, organ, bazouki, string arrangement
Mark Wilkin - drums
Matt Pharoah - congas, tambourine
Stacey Williams - backing vocal

(4:54)
/
6.Ask Again

Ask Again

MWP - lead vocal, bass
DM - casio, electric guitar, samples
Matt Pharoah - congas
Indian Billy - turntablist
Tom Green - organ

(4:17)
7.Things To Do And Be

Things To Do And Be

MWP - lead vocal, electric guitar, bass
DM - electric guitar, samples
Mark Wilkin - drums

(6:02)
8.All In Good Faith

All In Good Faith

MWP - lead vocal, electric guitar, bass
DM - backing vocal, electric guitar, synth, tambourine
Mark Wilkin - drums

(3:43)
9.A Girl In Every Graveyard

A Girl In Every Graveyard

MWP - acoustic guitar, lead guitar, bass
DM - lead vocal, electric guitar, piano, synth
Mark Wilkin - drums

(6:42)
10.Qu'est-ce que c'est?

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

MWP - lead vocal, electric guitar, bass
DM - vocoder, analogue delay
Duncan Bridgeman - flute
Mark Wilkin - drums
Sigge Hawken - lead vocal
Tom Green - synth

(6:21)
   

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Credits

Music by Marty Willson-Piper and Dare Mason
Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper

Produced by Dare Mason
Recorded and mixed by Dare Mason at The VIP Lounge, Penzance, England
Mastered by Dan Grigsby in Saint Marks Pl., NYC
Layout and design by Rachel Gutek (www.guppyart.com)
Cover photography by Greg Daville
A & R: Robert Rankin Walker

Releases

Notes

From Marty's Website: "It's an eclectic bunch of songs which are written by both Dare and myself I wrote the lyrics and sing all but one which Dare sings. We both play guitar and bass. He also plays keys and operated the the big and small machines, mixed it and did a lot of hard work being the producer and getting lots of his arty friends to play all kinds of strange instruments that we aren't that good at like cello, recorder and proper drums. We thought it would be rather nice to collaborate on an album together from the beginning. I have usually written the songs and Dare has been the glue and polish but we thought on this one we would call it something and start from scratch."

Sparks Lane is a road in Wirral, England, near Liverpool, which connected the childhood homes of Marty and Dare.


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OFFER THE LIGHT (2006)

Noctorum - Offer The Light Cover

Tracks (roll over or tap a track name for credits)

  1. Alain Delon

    Alain Delon

    "iconic French film actor from the 60's and 70's; Marty's song about art cinema - both are big French cinema fans, soulful feel, Steely Dan or Sade sounding, cast of thousands"

    MWP - lead vocal, bass, lead guitar
    DM - organ, chop guitar, backing vocals, string and brass arrangements
    Mark Wilkin - drums
    Matt Pharaoh - congas
    John Bickersteth - electric pianos
    Alan Horsley - electric guitar
    Phil Smith - tenor sax
    Tony King - trumpet
    Gillian Poznansky - flute
    Paul Adams - violin and viola
    Rachel Didcot - cello
    Hollie Rogers - backing vocals
    Louise Bedford - backing vocals
    Hannah Pinkertt - backing vocals

    (5:10)
  2. Let Me Tell You A Secret

    Let Me Tell You A Secret

    "political rock song, jamming over a drum loop"

    MWP - lead vocal, lead and rhythm guitar
    DM - bass, backing vocals
    Mark Wilkin - drums

    (5:22)
  3. Lover's Head

    Lover's Head

    "Marty story track, synth-dancey, most unusual track on album"

    MWP - lead vocal, lead guitar, bass
    DM - synths
    Matt Pharaoh - congas

    (3:51)
  4. The Guessing Game

    The Guessing Game

    "slow song, sung by Dare"

    MWP - electric guitar, bass
    DM - lead vocal, electric and acoustic guitars, slide guitar, piano, synths
    Tony King - trumpet
    Hollie Rogers - backing vocals
    Louise Bedford - backing vocals
    Hannah Pinkertt - backing vocals

    (5:43)
  5. Stop Cryin' Your Eyes Out

    Stop Cryin' Your Eyes Out

    "poppiest track on album, about death with a light side, possible single"

    MWP - lead vocal, guitar, bass
    DM - guitar, banjo, backing vocals, tambourine
    Mark Wilkin - drums
    Matt Pharaoh - congas

    (3:20)
  6. The Muse

    The Muse

    "slow song, beautiful, love song to Marty's muse"

    MWP - lead vocal, bass, electric lead and rhythm guitar
    DM - acoustic guitar, organ, piano, slide guitar, backing vocals
    Mark Wilkin - drums
    Paul Adams - violin
    Rachel Didcot - cello

    (7:30)
  7. The Striker

    The Striker

    "no drums, about a footballer"

    MWP - lead vocal, guitar, bass
    DM - 12 string guitar, backing vocals

    (3:14)
  8. Surrounded

    Surrounded

    "garage rock track - a departure, Marty on guitar, Dare on bass"

    MWP - lead vocal, lead and rhythm guitar
    DM - bass
    Jed Kingsley - drums
    Hollie Rogers - backing vocals
    Louise Bedford - backing vocals
    Hannah Pinkertt - backing vocals

    (4:04)
  9. Already Dead

    Already Dead

    "about a prisoner on death row"

    MWP - lead vocal, guitars
    DM - bass, synths
    Mark Wilkin - drums
    Barnaby Flynn - harmonica
    Hollie Rogers - backing vocals
    Louise Bedford - backing vocals
    Hannah Pinkertt - backing vocals

    (5:42)
  10. Hopes And Fears

    Hopes And Fears

    "about two lovers in war time, waltzy, lilting, organic"

    MWP - lead vocal, electric lead and rhythm guitar, bass
    DM - 12 string guitar, organ
    Mark Wilkin - drums
    Adam Reeve - piano
    Tony King - trumpet, trombone

    (5:01)  – 

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Credits

All songs © 2006 Interference Music
Copyright Control

Produced by Dare Mason
Music by Marty Willson-Piper and Dare Mason
Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper

Recorded and mixed by Dare Mason at The VIP Lounge, Penzance, England
Mastered by Dan Grigsby in Saint Marks Pl., NYC
Layout and design by Rachel Gutek (www.guppyart.com)
Photography by Dare Mason

Releases

Notes

The track by track comments in the track links above were distilled from a Dare Mason interview that was posted to the Heyday Podcast page. Learn more about Alain Delon at the Internet Movie Database.

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HONEY MINK FOREVER (2011)

Noctorum - Honey Mink Forever Cover

Tracks

  Media

1.False Flag (9:06) /
2.Better Hope You're Not Alone (5:53) /
3.Cry (8:04) /
4.Victorian Vignette (4:03) /
5.Bad Dreams (5:58)
6.Honey Mink (instrumental) (2:01)
7.Tora Tora Tora (3:48) /
8.Running Through Your Fingers (4:28) /
9.Mao Tse Tung Kiss (2:55) /
10.New Scientist (instrumental) (5:28)
   

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Credits

All songs © 2011 Interference Music
Copyright Control

Produced and Engineered by Dare Mason at The VIP Lounge
All songs by by Marty Willson-Piper & Dare Mason
Except track 10 - Music by Marty Willson-Piper/Dare Mason/Martin Bowie/Marc Hadley
Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper except tracks 1 & 4 Lyrics by Dare Mason

Mastered by Dan Grigsby
Layout & design by Tiare Helberg & Rachel Gutek
Photography by Simon Green

Releases

Notes

The first 500 pre-orders receive three bonus download tracks: the album track "Better Hope You're Not Alone," and two non-album tracks "Turn The Dial And Scream" and "The Fugitive". On "Turn The Dial And Scream" and "The Fugitive" Dare and Marty each sing their own lyrics and vocal melody over the same musical backing.

The working title for this album was "Modeste."

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COMPILATIONS FEATURING TRACKS BY NOCTORUM

FORGET THE RADIO: A SAMPLER CD (2003)

Forget The Radio: A Sampler CD Cover

Tracks

  1. Forget the Radio (4:35) - Marty Willson-Piper
  2. Goth Girls In Southern California (5:22) - David J.
  3. Better Don't Do (3:28) - ing
  4. Mr. Moto (2:04) - The Duo-Tones
  5. Sometimes I Think I'm On T.V. (3:41) - Robert Rankin Walker
  6. A Gentle Form Of Murder (4:53) - Minxsie Friday
  7. Honest (4:01) - Frau
  8. Going Again (3:05) - Clay Vanessa
  9. Don't Hold Your Breath (3:24) - Agency X
  10. Wild Turkey (1:35) - The Aquamen
  11. Disconnected Again (7:07) - The Stares
  12. Seattle (3:28) - The Empire Of Seattle
  13. Billboard (2:09) - Grain USA
  14. But It Is (4:29) - Adrianne Serna
  15. Spirals (3:38) - Hello
  16. Fadade (7:29) - Space Commandos
  17. Way Over My Head (2:50) - Flamin' Groovies
  18. Ask Again (4:18) - Noctorum

Releases


STRAIGHT THROUGH THE SOUND BARRIER: A SAMPLER CD (2003)

Straight Through The Sound Barrier - a sampler CD Cover

Tracks

  1. All In Good Faith (3:45) - Noctorum
  2. High As A Kite (4:56) - Noctorum
  3. In The Great Blue Whenever (4:40) - David J
  4. Best Kept Secret (4:00) - Longwave
  5. Anything, Anyway (3:18) - Robert Rankin Walker
  6. Quality People (3:47) - Wilson
  7. Tomorrow Man (3:07) - The Slow Poisoners
  8. Falling (3:46) - Dennis Young
  9. Endless, Missing (3:43) - The Scansion
  10. One Quick Orbit (5:03) - World Echo
  11. Mediocrity (3:39) - Cosmic Stepping Stones
  12. Late Bloomer (4:57) - The Saucers
  13. Rumor Of The East (4:00) - Eric Moore
  14. Not Dead, Not Dying (3:53) - ing
  15. Drivin' (3:34) - Fuzz Huzzi
  16. World Of Make Believe (3:55) - Roadside Attraction
  17. Walk, Don't Run (2:05) - The Duo-Tones
  18. Wild Turkey (1:36) - The Aquamen
  19. California Dreamin' (2:37) - Paul Johnson
  20. Forget the Radio (4:42) - Marty Willson-Piper

Releases


THE BEST OF THE V.I.P. LOUNGE VOL 1 (2006)

The Best Of The V.I.P. Lounge Vol. 1 Cover

Tracks

  1. High As A Kite (4:56) - Noctorum
  2. Hunrosow (3:54) - Julie Elwin
  3. Star (3:28) - Brix Smith
  4. Can We Get No Higher (4:53) - The Money Shot
  5. California (4:07) - Intercooler
  6. Day Of The Dead (6:22) - FOLD
  7. Spin (4:01) - Sojo Glider
  8. You Are Everything (2:46) - Hollie Rogers
  9. Mississippi Jazz Cats (5:28) - Tony King
  10. Elsie (2:15) - My Elvis Blackout
  11. Not Yet Sound (4:38) - Elm
  12. Remember Me (3:38) - Chris Smith
  13. September (6:15) - Caine
  14. The Lonesome Death Of Patty (5:28) - Chunky Kustard
  15. Sweet Lovin' One (3:19) - The Rodeos

Releases


FIVE WAY STREET: A TRIBUTE TO THE BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD (2006)

Five Way Street: A Tribute To The Buffalo Springfield Cover

Tracks

  1. Burned (2:45) - Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings
  2. Bluebird (4:09) - Byrds Of A Feather
  3. We'll See (3:13) - The Retros
  4. I Am A Child (3:31) - Maplewood
  5. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing (3:45) - Noctorum
  6. Mr. Soul (4:27) - Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios
  7. For What It's Worth (3:44) - Marc Carroll
  8. Hung Upside Down (3:31) - Diesel Park West
  9. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (4:55) - Bill Williams
  10. Down To The Wire (2:39) - The Grip Weeds
  11. Expecting To Fly (4:03) - The Windbreakers
  12. Questions (2:58) - Jeff Larson
  13. Go And Say Goodbye (3:03) - Buddy Woodward & The Nitro Express
  14. On The Way Home (2:27) - George Usher Group
  15. Rock And Roll Woman (3:02) - Freddie Steady 5
  16. Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It (3:05) - Edward Rogers
  17. Pretty Girl Why (2:17) - The Kennedys
  18. Kind Woman (4:13) - Last Train Home
  19. Sit Down I Think I Love You (2:25) - The Riffbrokers
  20. So You've Got A Lover (3:41) - Western Electric
  21. Whatever Happened To Saturday Night (1:44) - The Shambles

Track 5 Credits

Engineered and Mixed by Dare Mason at VIP Lounge, Penzance
Mastered by Dan Grigsby in Saint Marks Place, New York City
Produced by Noctorum
Marty Willson-Piper: lead vocals, electric 6 and 12-string guitars, bass, drums
Dare Mason: backing vocals, acoustic guitar, organ and keyboards

Releases

Notes

"Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" was The Buffalo Springfield's debut single in July, 1966. It was written by Neil Young six months earlier, and was the first song the band ever rehearsed. Initially intended as the B-side, "Clancy" was flipped at the last minute, relegating Stephen Stills' "Go And Say Goodbye" to the backside. The single was a relative failure, making little impact outside of L.A., and only reaching #110 on the Billboard charts. The song appeared on their debut album "Buffalo Springfield" in October, 1966.


MUSIC FOR THE OPEN ROAD (2006)

Music For The Open Road Cover

Tracks

  1. Mickey Rourke Blues - David J
  2. All In Good Faith - Noctorum
  3. You're Divorced - James David
  4. Summer Dreaming - Betwixt
  5. Good Team - Audrey Come Lately
  6. Sometimes I Think I'm On T.V. - Robert Rankin Walker
  7. She's One Of A Kind - Paul Spencer
  8. Happy - The Nerve!
  9. Punchdrunk - The Scansion
  10. He-Man Woman Haters Club - Rob Smith
  11. Before The Fight Tonight - Wet City Rockers
  12. Mr. Moto - The Duo-Tones
  13. Gothabilly Girls - Barbarellatones
  14. Because You're In Love - Orange Nichole
  15. Timeworks - Pale
  16. Vincent, Un Attore - Kid Francescoli
  17. Pont Nouf - Mews
  18. Always - Inamorata
  19. Versus - The New Fiction
  20. Matter Of Time - Famous Last Words
  21. Saying Goodby Again - James David

Releases


SOMETIMES I THINK I'M ON T.V. - A SAMPLER CD (2007)

Sometimes I Think I'm On T.V. - A Sampler CD Cover

Tracks

  1. Stop Cryin' Your Eyes Out (3:23) - Noctorum
  2. Taste Of You (4:03) - Caffeine
  3. Once You Start Walking (4:21) - Tommy Tutone
  4. Forget the Radio (4:46) - Marty Willson-Piper
  5. Sometimes I Think I'm On T.V. (3:51) - Robert Rankin Walker
  6. Static Cling (3:40) - David J.
  7. Turn It Up (2:56) - The Hyphens
  8. Baja (3:21) - The Surfaris
  9. Westside (3:49) - Pale
  10. Seachange (3:58) - Betwixt
  11. Happiness (3:37) - Hitchcock's Regret
  12. Rara Avis (4:14) - CSDJ
  13. Spinning (3:44) - Noelle Hannibal
  14. 100 Miles (2:31) - Occurring Beekeepers
  15. O' Heartache (3:15) - The Buzzkill Romantics
  16. Meine Wunderbare Welt (4:50) - mews
  17. Song For Valeria (3:30) - Tony Pucci
  18. That's How It Happens (4:50) - World Echo
  19. Big Bad Wolf (2:33) - Neon Swing X-perience
  20. Mr. Moto (2:08) - The Duo-Tones

Releases


UNTITLED HEYDAY SAMPLER CD (20??)

Untitled Heyday Sampler CD Cover

Tracks

  1. The Guitar Man - David J
  2. All In Good Faith - Noctorum
  3. Happy - The Nerve!
  4. Sometimes I Think I'm On T.V. - Robert Rankin Walker
  5. The Underground Solution - Primitive Radio Gods
  6. Thumb - The Girlfriend Experience
  7. Hey Beautiful - Gentry Bronson
  8. Lovers Vs. The Working Class - Spootnik
  9. Touch The Moon - Tony Pucci
  10. The Way You Are - 46Bliss
  11. Thievery - Drayton Michaels
  12. California - Clear Cut
  13. Around The World - Darrell Whitbeck
  14. Beach Break - The Reckless Reefers
  15. Thar She Blows - Prancing Ponies
  16. Pipeline - The Duo-Tones
  17. Bike - DreamTal
  18. Forget the Radio - Marty Willson-Piper
  19. To Where I Am Now - Noelle Hannibal

Releases