Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gilroy Mere - The Green Line


Back in stock
Second Pressing.
Gilroy Mere - The Green Line
300 hand numbered copies.
Reverse board cover and printed inner sleeve.
Cut out paper bus.



The Green Line is a new project from Oliver Cherer under the name 'Gilroy Mere'. Trading as Dollboy, Rhododendron, and Australian Testing Labs  as well as his own name, Oliver has meandered his way through the backwaters of left of centre English folk, ambient and electronic music, issuing numerous albums of original music to much critical acclaim via highly regarded boutique labels such as Static Caravan, Second Language, Deep Distance, Polytechnic Youth, and Awkward Formats.
 

The Green Line is an instrumental album inspired by the buses that once linked central London to country towns. Established by the London General Omnibus Company in the 1930s, with their striking green livery they were a common sight in the outer London suburbs. Between 1957 and 1960 there were 36 million journeys made a year, but by the 1970s  numbers started to decline, and in1986 the service was deregulated for privatization and the buses disappeared from our streets.
 

“As a suburban child growing up in South London  I saw  red buses going into town and green buses going out.  The Green Line ferried Londoners out to Kent, Sussex and Box Hill.  My road felt like the border between town and country.
 

The houses, detached and semi-detached had names and were all red brick, mock Tudor or 1930s “moderne”, and they flickered past on our way to days out in the endless summers that are childhood:

 ...Windward, Fairisle, High Trees, Dunroamin’, Chez Nous, Woodlands, Hillcrest, Hillside, The Laurels, Sunnyside, The Beeches, Springfield, Fairview, Wayside, Oaklands, Treetops, Rose Bower, The Old School House……


The Green Line  is written as a remembrance of childhood trips into the exterior via the green double and single decker buses that took Londoners out to the countryside.  It was recorded at my home studio in Sussex using a collection of instruments and obsolete electronics amassed over a lifetime of being unable to resist junk shops, charity shops and car boot sales.

The pieces on this album represent sights, sounds and stops on a trip by a suburban English boy into the home counties. The entire record was conceived as a journey.  It starts in London suburbia, and then heads out to the Weald or the Downs until you can see the sea,  (via the RLH48 a real bus – currently preserved in the London Bus Museum) until at some unnamed village green, with a mossy bench and a churchyard with an ancient yew tree, we turn for home.”

Oliver Cherer 2017


Caught By The River: 'This is a gem of an album: melodic, warm, multi-layered, with a driven narrative and a message about what we once made possible. In writing music about such an overlooked and forgotten piece of our cultural history, Oliver Cherer has done something quietly remarkable. He has resurrected the spirit of the Green Line, and reminded us of extraordinary moments lost'
 

Shindig: "The nearly all instrumental album have a vibe of the '60s and '70s recalling everyone from Basil Kirchin to Steve Reich, Brian Eno and Steve Hillage... Its a fantastic mood piece that easily sits alongside Kraftwerk's Autobahn in terms of aurally capturing a sense of travel and environment."


The Active Listener: a beautiful tapestry of sound that is as warm as an August sunset and sweet as a packet of Spangles. To this reviewer, the spectre of Brian Eno is definitely hovering over much of what constitutes the journey on the ‘The Green Line’.

 


    






Includes cut-out-and-make paper bus 
designed and created by Gary Willis.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Gilroy Mere - The Green Line



The Green Line – Gilroy Mere.
 SOLD OUT
There will be a repress, available in October. 
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The Green Line is a new project from Oliver Cherer under the name 'Gilroy Mere'. Trading as Dollboy, Rhododendron, and Australian Testing Labs  as well as his own name, Oliver has meandered his way through the backwaters of left of centre English folk, ambient and electronic music, issuing numerous albums of original music to much critical acclaim via highly regarded boutique labels such as Static Caravan, Second Language, Deep Distance, Polytechnic Youth, and Awkward Formats.

The Green Line is an instrumental album inspired by the buses that once linked central London to country towns. Established by the London General Omnibus Company in the 1930s, with their striking green livery they were a common sight in the outer London suburbs. Between 1957 and 1960 there were 36 million journeys made a year, but by the 1970s  numbers started to decline, and in1986 the service was deregulated for privatization and the buses disappeared from our streets.

“As a suburban child growing up in South London  I saw  red buses going into town and green buses going out.  The Green Line ferried Londoners out to Kent, Sussex and Box Hill.  My road felt like the border between town and country.
 
The houses, detached and semi-detached had names and were all red brick, mock Tudor or 1930s “moderne”, and they flickered past on our way to days out in the endless summers that are childhood:
 ...Windward, Fairisle, High Trees, Dunroamin’, Chez Nous, Woodlands, Hillcrest, Hillside, The Laurels, Sunnyside, The Beeches, Springfield, Fairview, Wayside, Oaklands, Treetops, Rose Bower, The Old School House……

The Green Line  is written as a remembrance of childhood trips into the exterior via the green double and single decker buses that took Londoners out to the countryside.  It was recorded at my home studio in Sussex using a collection of instruments and obsolete electronics amassed over a lifetime of being unable to resist junk shops, charity shops and car boot sales.

The pieces on this album represent sights, sounds and stops on a trip by a suburban English boy into the home counties. The entire record was conceived as a journey.  It starts in London suburbia, and then heads out to the Weald or the Downs until you can see the sea,  (via the RLH48 a real bus – currently preserved in the London Bus Museum) until at some unnamed village green, with a mossy bench and a churchyard with an ancient yew tree, we turn for home.”

Oliver Cherer 2017
    






Includes cut-out-and-make paper bus 
designed and created by Gary Willis.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Jon Brooks - Autres Directions - Digital and Second Pressing.



12" Transparent Orange vinyl LP
Reverse board cover.
500 hand numbered copies,
with download code in sleeve. 
BUY
£16.99 + P&P

Autres Directions is an exquisitely detailed sonic trip through rural France that uses field recordings to provide environmental texture: the toy-like melody of 'Se Reveiller' is underpinned by the rumble of a ferry's engines; insects chirrup again sinuous synth loop on 'Le Chateau' while geese shriek under the specral distress call of 'L'ancienne Grange'; the drone of a low-flying aircraft in 'Lanverec' becomes a black veil slowly descending across the countryside. Bearing comparison with such Eno classics as On Land, this is a beautiful album of intensley visual music. Joe Banks, Shindig


Brooks corrals into eight pieces of glinting electronics. Autres Directions is subtle and patient, with gaseous synth drones the bed for a slow-moving melodic lattice of sad and hushed, tintinnabulating tones. Jon Dale, Uncut

A Homage to this Francophile's love for the  time he spends in Brittany and Normandy, it's brimming with the idealism of the romantic voyager. Carl Griffin, Electronic Sounds Magazine

 You can also now download a digital version from the Cafe Kaput Bandcamp page.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Jon Brooks - Autres Directions

Jon Brooks - Autres Directions
Pre-orders 7th April 2017
Release date 5th May 2017

12" Mist coloured vinyl LP
Reverse board cover.
500 hand numbered copies,
with download code in sleeve.
SOLD OUT
 
On his third album for Clay Pipe Music, Jon Brooks (Advisory Circle/Ghostbox) takes inspiration from time spent in France.  

"I have a natural affinity with France, which seems to span a large proportion of my adult life. Thisalbum is based directly on experiences, feelings and emotions garnered from times spent fairly recently in Brittany and Normandy, on different occasions.

There’s a certain feeling, when you enter a rural French village on an Autumn mid-afternoon. It’s as lower pace of life than we’re generally used to; the Centre Ville can feel deserted, as many of the inhabitants are, ironically, away on holiday. As the village church clock tolls, it strikes home a simplicity, a purity of existence that couldn’t really exist elsewhere.

There’s a feeling of unabashed romance upon waking up in the early morning, opening a window onto a field of fog, as the sun hasn’t quite started to rise; with the only real movement belonging to a car headlight in the distance, making a journey to somewhere undisclosed.

Whenever I’m travelling, I take with me a means of recording ambience and constantly listen out for interesting situations where sound can be captured and transformed. Field recordings play a significant part in the tapestry of the album. The textures underpin, envelop and frame the work, adding a sense of context and grain.

I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted the textures and atmospheres to be on an equal footing to the melodies. The ‘wake up’ music which begins the album, I composed as a piece that could, theoretically, be played by a ferry company to wake passengers upon their early morning arrival into dock, over the small speakers installed in ferry cabins. To create the atmosphere, I took the recorded piece onto a ferry, bound for France, and played it back in the cabin over a speaker, capturing the playback with a microphone, allowing the sound and reverberant space of the ferry cabin to influence the ambience of the piece.

Other ways of bringing the ambience of situations into the recorded pieces involved playing back textures (that I’d created electronically in the studio) in various places (disused barns, country lanes etc) and capturing them again on a microphone and building pieces around those atmospheres. I also noticed that, preparing to leave the ferry, there were various metallic pitched drones that just seemed to hang in the air, combining naturally with idling car engines - these became music and it was from these distinct pitches that I added complimentary electronic textures around them.

I also liked the idea that various people that I encountered on my travels could be featured on the record. For example, the woman who owned a Boulangerie in one of the villages probably didn't realise that she would become part of a recording, but fragments of her voice can be heard, contributing a distinct texture.

All of this leads to, for me, an interaction between the studio and the elsewhere; bringing two distinct worlds closer together, to form an impressionistic aural painting that lives and breathes in a manner that hopefully puts the listener in a situation where they can feel these experiences in quite a tangible way."

Jon Brooks, March 2017.

As impressive and immersive as anything I've heard, this collection is a testament to Brooks' skill as a sound designer and songwriter. It is at once bold and chilling, forges memories and dreams carved out of the juxtaposition of unease, and the comfort of symbiotic communication. Autres Directions is a thing of wonder, and yet more evidence that Jon Brooks is indeed one of the greatest composers out there today. Barry, Piccadilly Records, Manchester.

Musically there is much to place the record in the ongoing artistic development of its author. Part episodic series of ethereal soundscape canvasses, part field recording driven hauntological essay, part ambient/prog reinterpretation of the kind of approach the likes of Pink Floyd, Harmonia or Eno were aiming for in the 1970's - In totality it reflects all of this whilst retaining its own robustidentity and makes for a deeply immersive sonic experience that reveals great depth with repeated listens. 
Shaun Rogan, The Active Listener.
 








Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Hardy Tree - 'Through Passages of Time' Repress.

the hardy tree

12" vinyl, in reverse board sleeve. 500 hand numbered copies.

Download/stream at: itunes/bandcamp/spotify/greedbag etc


The Hardy Tree is the musical project of Clay Pipe Music's founder Frances Castle, her first LP ' The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' was the initial release on the label over five years ago.
 
Through Passages of Time soundtracks buildings and areas of London that no longer exist. Small places stumbled upon by accident, traced on maps, and illustrated in Georgian prints. Frequently visited pubs that have been rebuilt and renamed, the ship breakers yard decorated with wooden figureheads at Baltic Wharf, or the Thames Watermen living in the shadow of the Hawksmoor designed church at Horselydown. Lost places re-imagined and brought to life using clusters of sequenced Moogs, off Kilter electronics, vibes, and Mellotron - capturing the essence of the dark city and its more bucolic outer suburbs. This is a plaint to an older stranger London that is quickly becoming priced out and forgotten. Look carefully and clues to the ancient past can still be found.

 SPENCER'S PICK OF THE WEEK - The Hardy Tree, Through The Passages Of Time (Clay Pipe Music) Another beautiful release from Clay Pipe here. Delicate melodies weave themselves in and out of wonderful, warm Moog synths & mellotrons creating an enchanting wistful paean to an England long forgotten. This is hauntingly beautiful and easily one of the records of the year. Please go seek it out and support this amazing label. Spencer Hickman, (DeathWaltz Records) Mondo Music Weekly.
 
"Through Passages of Time" belongs to another (green) world and congratulations should go to Frances Castle for divining this wonderfully touching collection and successfully capturing it on tape. It's musical psycho-geography par excellence and probably the most human record you will hear all year. Get it while you can as, like much of the city it commemorates, I am sure it will be gone before you know it.The Active Listener

Castle draws distinctive scenes that are as alluring and enigmatic as her acclaimed artwork. An understated yet remarkable genre-bending pleasure in short. DOA 


This is a wonderful record, a record that would appeal to anyone who likes good music, but especially rewarding for anyone of a certain age who likes the Vic Mars album The Land And The Garden out on the same label or indeed anyone who is familiar with the music of Vernon Elliott. It is both nostalgic yet modern. Terrascope
 
Through Passages of Time provides elegies for locations such as Newport Market, Sandbridge Court, Sluice House Tavern, even (*shudder*) Cut Throat Lane. The happy use of Moog, Mellotron and other seemingly antiquated instruments is both tribute and reflection. A Closer Listen.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Hardy Tree - Through Passages of Time. Available Now.



The Hardy Tree – Through Passages of Time.
Release date 2nd Dec 2016.
12" coloured blue vinyl with reverse board cover. 500 hand numbered copies.
SOLD OUT  
There will be a re-press, please sign up to the mailing list.
I will make pre-orders available ASAP.

Available as download/stream through:
itunes/bandcamp/spotify/greedbag etc

  
The Hardy Tree is the musical project of Clay Pipe Music's founder Frances Castle, her first LP ' The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' was the initial release on the label over five years ago.

Through Passages of Time soundtracks buildings and areas of London that no longer exist. Small places stumbled upon by accident, traced on maps, and illustrated in Georgian prints. Frequently visited pubs that have been rebuilt and renamed, the ship breakers yard decorated with wooden figureheads at Baltic Wharf, or the Thames Watermen living in the shadow of the Hawksmoor designed church at Horselydown. Lost places re-imagined and brought to life using clusters of sequenced Moogs, off Kilter electronics, vibes, and Mellotron - capturing the essence of the dark city and its more bucolic outer suburbs. This is a plaint to an older stranger London that is quickly becoming priced out and forgotten. Look carefully and clues to the ancient past can still be found.
 

Looking Down on London
The Culvert
The Peerless Pool
St John Horsleydown
Newport Market

Baltic Wharf
Pepy’s Walk

Sandbridge Court
Sluice House Tavern

Penny’s Folly
Near Windmill Bridge
Harringay House
Cut Throat Lane



https://soundcloud.com/clay-pipe-music/the-hardy-tree-looking-down-on-london

https://soundcloud.com/clay-pipe-music/sandbridge-court

Monday, 1 August 2016

Alasdair Roberts and James Green Mini Tour.

Due to popular demand the show at The Old Dentists  has now been split into two separate sittings/houses/shows.
TIMINGS AS FOLLOWS
EARLY SHOW https://www.wegottickets.com/event/375249
EO1 07:00 07:30
AR1 07:45 08:45
LATE SHOW https://www.wegottickets.com/event/370346
EO2 09:00 09:30
AR2 09:45 10:45
If you already have tickets, they are for the late show. If you're at all confused check timings on the WeGotTickets link through which you bought your tickets!




Alasdair Roberts and James Green are doing a mini tour in support of Plaint of Lapwing.
26th September - London,Old Dentists, E5 0LH
27th September - Sheffield , Regather Works.
29th September - Glasgow, Old Hairdressers.


I have now SOLD OUT of the LP however there are still copies available at: