Burning Pyre

Burning Pyre takes us on an ambient journey to ease us into the weekend with October’s guest playlist.

Who are you and where are you from?

Christopher Macarthur – but I go by my musical alias Burning Pyre.

I’m an ambient musician and owner of the label Eastern Nurseries (co-run with my friend

Rui Andrade/Canadian Rifles) based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Where do you go for comfort food?

I normally go to Dojo in Newcastle – they do fantastic set meals and ramen. 


What spot in the city do you never get tired of visiting?

My favourite venue in the city, The Star & Shadow Cinema. They host some amazing club nights and live events. It was the last place I played before the first lockdown. 


Where do you go if you’re looking for some peace and tranquility? 

Whitley Bay. The evenings are particularly beautiful. 


What 5 items do you never travel without?

  1. Headphones
  2. Diet Coke
  3. A book (I’m reading “The Agony of Eros” by Byung-Chul Han at the moment)
  4. My glasses
  5. A lighter


What are some of the tracks that remind you of your city and why?


“The Surreal Light of Morning” by V. Sinclair – it’s not on Spotify unfortunately, but it offers a

certain intimacy and beauty that is particularly comforting. 

A composition best listened to alone on a dark, autumn evening. 


“When Love Comes Into Question (U Know It Hurts)” by Tears

 – a true drinking song. 


You can listen to the playlist below on Apple Music and Spotify.