Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Pre-order 'Plaint of Lapwing' by Alasdair Roberts and James Green.

http://claypipe.bigcartel.com/

Clay Pipe Music is proud to present 'Plaint of Lapwing' by Alasdair Roberts and James Green.

Pre-order's now available.
12" vinyl with download slip.
500 copies in red, 300 copies in blue.
Hand numbered reverse board covers.
Release date 1st July.
This will also be available digitally, across iTunes Spotify etc.

£15.99 +P&P 

Pre-orders also available at: 
Transmission
 Normans 
Monorail


 Here Alasdair explains how the record came about: 

Mayday 2012: an email from James Green in Sheffield reached me in Glasgow. I knew James a little – not particularly well; we had met a few times over the years and had collaborated a little too (I'd sung on a couple of songs on the album Folk Songs 2 by his group The Big Eyes Family Players). I understood that he played the harmoniflute, an instrument somewhere between a harmonium and an accordion, and seemed very enamoured of it. His email read: “had an idea about approaching you with... an ep or few songs (trad or otherwise) accompanied by my harmoniflute, and nothing else... just an idea once the dust has settled, maybe...”.

 The dust was not long in the swirling before coming to rest upon both of our past endeavours, and shortly we set to work on the project which became Plaint of Lapwing. My initial thought was to concentrate on just four pieces – I'd just recorded the Drag City LP/CD A Wonder Working Stone and had some songs left over from that. In a process which James was later to characterise as 'surreal', I started emailing him recordings of my disembodied voice; in response I would eagerly await, tracks featuring aforesaid voice with James' harmoniflute accompaniment.

The project gradually, almost imperceptibly, developed in scope and complexity over two years. I began sending James more vocal takes as well as other sonics I'd generated, for a variety of original compositions and some by other authors (including a song by the Perthshire folklorist Hamish Henderson, an arrangement by Benjamin Britten of a piece by the Irish poet Thomas Moore, a lyric by beekeeping Cornish film maker Timothy Neat and a setting of a work by the Angus poet Violet Jacob). James in turn increased his instrumental palette to include drums, guitars and all other kinds of musical things.

  As the project developed, so did a wonderful friendship blossom between James and myself.  I found I was sending vocal tracks attached to emails detailing current grievances in my personal life, as if envisaging James as some kind of agony aunt.  James, in return, sent completed tracks and, apparently regarding me as some kind of sounding board, emails venting his strident opinions (invariably in line with my own) on whatever political matter ruled the day. Before we knew it the disembodied sounds had become incarnate and James and I found we had an LP's worth of material - an LP featuring beautiful artwork by Frances Castle which you, dear listener, now have the opportunity to welcome into your own home.


Lino print by James Green. 


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Caught By The River Thames

Thanks to everyone who bought copies of Tyneham House. They have now all been posted so you should receive your copy soon. This is an early reminder that later in the summer I'll be playing some music at the Caught By The River Thames Festival. You can buy tickets HERE Next up is Alasdair Roberts and James Greens 'Plaint of Lapwing', news on that soon.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Pre-order Tyneham House.


 Tyneham House.
10" Coloured Vinyl with hand made booklet.
300 numbered copies + download code.
Pre-orders now available.

Previously available on CD as a split release between Second Language and Clay Pipe Music, this is its first outing on vinyl.

The small village of Tyneham, on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset, was once a thriving little community – that is until the British Government requisitioned it for training manoeuvres and other ‘strategic purposes’ in the run up to WWII. This was supposed to be a temporary measure, but the area remained in military possession long after hostilities had ceased, causing distress among former inhabitants, many of whom were farmed out to prefabs in nearby Wareham and Swanage.
Tyneham was characterised by its red telephone box, a tiny parade of shops – Post Office Row – and a grand country pile which stood about half a mile away from the village: Tyneham House. The army removed the building’s oak panelling and ornate decorative details and promptly set about using it for target practice. So great was the shame expressed locally about the damage inflicted upon one of Dorset’s grandest houses that the powers that be decided to grow a copse around the remains of the structure to give the impression that it was no longer there. Despite this, a substantial part of the structure remains intact, including its Saxon hall. 

Land access around Tyneham was opened up in the 1970s, but admission to the house remains strictly verboten. Those who’ve been found around the premises, especially anyone wielding a camera, have felt the full weight of military trespass law. Tyneham today is regarded as a nature reserve by some – as a national embarrassment by others. It’s still a political hot potato, in Dorset at least.

The pastoral, wistful yet ineffably disquieting music of Tyneham House is made by artists  who wish to remain anonymous here, save for their eponymous title. The musicians are happy, however, to let it be known that these recordings have been around for some years (many of them complied from old cassettes) and that they take inspiration from the 1960s/’70s/’80s work of the Children’s Film Foundation – a body who really ought to have made a film about this mysterious West Country curio. At least now we have its endlessly poignant soundtrack.



Tracklisting:LP

• A Chalk Horse
• Rookery Wood
• Coppice Walk
• Binoculars
• Bletchingley
• Post Office Row
• The Crows Circle
• Winter Carriage
• The Ragged Cat
• I Shall Not Cross The Sleeping Hill
• The Porch Room
• Saxon Chapel
• Last Village Before The Sea
• Lit Room At Midnight

Download Extra :

A: A School Holiday, 1977
B: May Day, 1981



Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Independent Label Market

On 2nd of April 2016 Clay Pipe will be at the Independent Label Market at Spitafields, London. I will have pre-release copies of Tyneham House, and Alasdair Roberts and James Green's 'Plaint of Lapwing'. There will also be a joint cassette re-issue of Darren Haymans Lido with WIAIWYA. If you would like to reserve a copy of any of these please email me.

Tyneham House will be available to pre-order from the Clay Pipe website on 8th April, with a release date of the 6th May. Info on the previous CD release HERE

 




Sunday, 17 January 2016

Vic Mars - The Land and The Garden, Second Edition.




The second 'Hollyhock' edition of Vic Mars - The Land And The Garden is now available. 
One copy per person. 

12" Vinyl LP, 500 hand numbered copies, reverse board mat cover, and printed inner sleeve with download code included.


You can also buy the album digitally from:
Or stream it on: SPOTIFY


Vic Mars is a Herefordshire born musician currently based in London, he has recently returned from spending over a decade in Nagoya, Japan. In 2008 he released the mini-LP 'Kanransha' on Kentaro Togawa's Symbolic Interaction label, and 2012 saw the Bandcamp released library music inspired, 'Curriculum For Schools And Colleges: Volumes 1 &2'.

In 2013 whilst still based in Japan but on a visit home, Vic was stuck by the reprints of vintage British Railway posters hanging in his brothers house. Back in Japan, homesick and inspired by his childhood memories of the Herefordshire landscape he started the initial recordings for The Land and the Garden, carefully piecing together string and Mellotron soundscapes using archaic tracker software, and recording direct to cassette tape. During this time he immersed himself in the music of British classical composers such as Gustav Holst, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the minimalist work of Wim Mertens and 1970’s children's BBC soundtracks such as those by Freddie Phillips, and Vernon Elliot. 


In 2014 with the album half finished Vic moved back to the UK, and after a period of disruption where his equipment was still in transit, he completed the record in the spring of 2015.


This is hugely ambitious and beautifully realised, neo-classical electronic/organic chamber music with mellotron (and associated ‘natural’ tape hiss) at the centre of much of the action going on. This is the sound of memory – a psycho-geographical survey of his British homeland largely dreamt up when Vic was way out east in Japan. The Active Listener


Vic Mars delved into his thoroughly English past for this release, pulling in vintage British Railway posters, the composer Gustav Holst and, 1970's children's television programs. The aesthetic is so deeply imbued that he’s even the classic Faber & Faber typeface… So, The Land And The Garden is kind of like English hauntology but without the spooky aspect: in fact, these pieces are rather lovely.  Normans Records


A quietly stunning full length from Vic Mars on the ever-reliable Clay Pipe label. The Land and The Garden takes a bucolic look at modern composition, with enticing reed instruments and Moondog-esque percussive lines weaving an understated poignancy into the compositions. It's instantly involving, a record unboastful of its melodic and arrangement achievements and sitting somewhere between Pascal Comelade, the afore-mentioned Moondog's most melodic work and something somehow quintessentially British and nostalgic, in the best possible way. Monorail Records

 The first non bandcamp release from Hereford born musician Vic Mars gives the impression of what the still shadowed pastoral of Virgina Astley's of From Gardens Where We Feel Secure would sound like if reorchestrated by Belbury Poly. The Wire









Sunday, 29 November 2015

2016: Vic Mars, Tyneham House, Alasdair Roberts and James Green.

Thanks to everyone who bought the Vic Mars album, the vinyl sold out very quickly so if you missed it there will be a second "Hollyhock" edition early next year. 500 hand numbered copies. Please sign up to the mailing list if you want to be informed when it is ready.

It is available digitally at: AMAZON // ITUNES // GOOGLE PLAY

The next release on Clay Pipe will be the re-issue of Tyneham House on 10" pale green vinyl with a handmade booklet. 300 numbered copies.

Following on from this in the spring, will be Alasdair Roberts and James Green's: 'Plaint of Lapwing'.




Monday, 23 November 2015

Independent Label Market

Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered  a copy of the Vic Mars album today, it is now SOLD OUT. If you are in London on Saturday I will have a few copies for sale at the Independent Label Market, Spitalfields. (Sharing a stall with WIAIWYA) If you want to reserve a copy to buy at the market drop me an email. If you are not in London please ignore any copies of the LP that may turn up on Discogs (I've tried extra hard to stop it from happening this time round) and wait for the reissue that will be out next year.

Digital Pre-orders of Vic Mars The Land and The Garden can be ordered here:
AMAZON // ITUNES // GOOGLE PLAY

 
 


Friday, 20 November 2015

Vic Mars - The Land And The Garden.


Vic Mars - The Land And The Garden. Pre-orders will be available from 23rd November 2015. Please sign up to the mailing list for a reminder. Release date 4th December 2015. It will also be available digitally across most digital platforms.

12" Vinyl LP, 300 hand numbered copies, reverse board mat cover, and printed inner sleeve with download code included.
SOLD OUT
 
 
Digital Pre-orders:

Vic Mars is a Herefordshire born musician currently based in London, he has recently returned from spending over a decade in Nagoya, Japan. In 2008 he released the mini-LP 'Kanransha' on Kentaro Togawa's Symbolic Interaction label, and 2012 saw the Bandcamp released library music inspired, 'Curriculum For Schools And Colleges: Volumes 1 &2'.

In 2013 whilst still based in Japan but on a visit home, Vic was stuck by the reprints of vintage British Railway posters hanging in his brothers house. Back in Japan, homesick and inspired by his childhood memories of the Herefordshire landscape he started the initial recordings for The Land and the Garden, carefully piecing together string and Mellotron soundscapes using archaic tracker software, and recording direct to cassette tape. During this time he immersed himself in the music of British classical composers such as Gustav Holst, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the minimalist work of Wim Mertens and 1970’s children's BBC soundtracks such as those by Freddie Phillips, and Vernon Elliot. 

In 2014 with the album half finished Vic moved back to the UK, and after a period of disruption where his equipment was still in transit, he completed the record in the spring of 2015.


This is hugely ambitious and beautifully realised, neo-classical electronic/organic chamber music with mellotron (and associated ‘natural’ tape hiss) at the centre of much of the action going on. This is the sound of memory – a psycho-geographical survey of his British homeland largely dreamt up when Vic was way out east in Japan. The Active Listener

Vic Mars delved into his thoroughly English past for this release, pulling in vintage British Railway posters, the composer Gustav Holst and, 1970's children's television programs. The aesthetic is so deeply imbued that he’s even the classic Faber & Faber typeface… So, The Land And The Garden is kind of like English hauntology but without the spooky aspect: in fact, these pieces are rather lovely.  Normans Records

A quietly stunning full length from Vic Mars on the ever-reliable Clay Pipe label. The Land and The Garden takes a bucolic look at modern composition, with enticing reed instruments and Moondog-esque percussive lines weaving an understated poignancy into the compositions. It's instantly involving, a record unboastful of its melodic and arrangement achievements and sitting somewhere between Pascal Comelade, the afore-mentioned Moondog's most melodic work and something somehow quintessentially British and nostalgic, in the best possible way. Monorail Records

 The first non bandcamp release from Hereford born musician Vic Mars gives the impression of what the still shadowed pastoral of Virgina Astley's of From Gardens Where We Feel Secure would sound like if reorchestrated by Belbury Poly. The Wire