William D. Drake is one member of a collaboration of European indie artists headed up by Mieko Shimizu, Barbara Morgenstern and Ola Szmidt who have joined up together to raise money for St Mungo’s homeless charity with their Write To Be EP.
All the profits of the EPs sales will be donated to St Mungo’s Homeless Charity in London. The EP was inspired by the moment when London based Japanese artist, Mieko Shimizu stumbled upon a tiny house in a doorway on the deserted streets of Soho during lockdown. On its cardboard walls were written various tales; friends who died in the Hillsborough disaster, soldiers returning from war in Afghanistan, the love of a mother lost to cancer, life on London streets.
A member of legendary cult punk band Cardiacs, has contributed a poignant, piano ballad in the form of “Where Do You Go”. Check out the track here:
Speaking about the inspiration behind his contribution to the EP, the former Cardiacs man explained:
“My next-door neighbour really inspired me, he’s been extending the “shed” in his garden for many years. He spends every spare moment on it, building it from items he’s found in skips. It consists of a series of labyrinths and rooms, which contain a kind of “holy” ambience that one would normally feel in a much larger space. He has terminal cancer, but is unphased by this. “The shed tells me what to do”, he says.”
To find out more about the EP, which is out today, visit https://www.instagram.com/miekoshimizumico/