Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Plinth - Music For Smalls Lighthouse.

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Release: 3rd Aug 2018
Sea Foam Green vinyl.
Reverse board cover.
Booklet.
500 numbered copies with download code.
SOLD OUT
Download from Bandcamp
With the five year anniversary of its first release on Clay Pipe approaching and the original fetching high prices online, it seemed like the right time to make more copies of Plinth’s Music For Smalls Lighthouse available. Repressed on transparent sea-foam green vinyl, it includes a booklet that tells the story of Smalls Lighthouse, a download of the LP and the bonus mini album 'Flotsam' - that was included with the initial CD release on Second Language.

Plinth's, Michael Tanner  from Lewes in Sussex has recorded under a myriad collection of names and guises these include Cloisters, Taskerlands, Thalassing, part of the duo The A Lords - on Mark Fry's 'I Lived in Trees', and with Irish improvisers the United Bible Studies.
 

Smalls Lighthouse, is located approximately 20 miles west of St Davids Peninsula in Pembrokeshire Wales. Engineered by a violin-maker and standing on flat rocks battered by the sea, the original lighthouse resembled a squat hut on giant stilts. In the year 1800 two men Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffin, well known locally for their drunken spats and quarrels, boarded a fishing-vessel to spend six months together as lighthouse keepers on Smalls Rock. During this time Griffith was killed in an accident and Howell was left alone to fend for himself struggling to stay sane in the isolation of the lighthouse. The music on this record soundtracks the events that took place with beautiful and often gruesome clarity.

Music For Smalls Lighthouse is a quite remarkable record, it feels like a slice of Britain has been carved and pressed to vinyl for the listener to enjoy at will…
Fluid Radio
Music For Smalls Lighthouse fosters a subliminal mixture of arcane atmospherics and mournful chamber music....Tanner seals six exquisitely evocative pieces together into one bleakly alluring whole...
DOA
A murky neo-classical album, Music For Smalls Lighthouse plays like a salt-soaked requiem, perfectly capturing the inevitable breakdown when you’re alone with a body 20 miles off Wales.  
Drowned in Sound
What makes Music for Smalls Lighthouse so special?.. the composition is tender, the playing exquisite; and there's little else to which it can be compared.
Richard Allen (The Silent Ballet)



 
Plinth - Sirens (excerpt) from michael tanner on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Hardy Tree - Sketches in D Minor

 Thanks to everyone who bought a cassette, it is now sold out. I was able to donate £422 to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Boarders). I'll still be donating any money from digital downloads that come in the next couple of months. You can download from:  BANDCAMP


Originally recorded for John Jervis' WIAIWYA '7 at 77' project, where seven musicians were asked to each create 77 minutes of music in a single track. It gave Frances space to experiment with Moog based melodies, which she sequenced  with chimes and strings, over gentle changes in tempo and structure, creating inter-changing passages of music that ebb and flow over 77 mesmerizing  minutes.

It has been edited down into two parts for cassette and mastered by Antony Ryan.  Like the original CD all profits will go to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

9th April



From the 9th April there is a display of Frances Castle's artwork for Clay Pipe in the upstairs bar at The Heavenly Social, London.


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Monday, 26 February 2018

Galactic Sounds - Retep Folo



Release Date: 23/03/2018
Red Vinyl with download code in sleeve.
700 Hand numbered copies. 
Reverse Card Sleeve.
Digital via itunes, spotify etc  

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£16.99

Retep Folo – aka  Peter Olof Fransson is a musician and artist from Sweden, he has been involved in the Gothenburg underground music scene since the late 1990s, firstly in experimental electronic duo Exhadley, then the more theatrical project Ester Elster, and is currently in 60’s psychedelia inspired ‘The Owl Report’. The former two notching up releases on Swedish underground label Psychic Malmö and British label Reverb Worship. As his Soundcloud account testifies his solo out put is prodigious, much of it unreleased gems, in 2016 he self released the lathe cut 'Music for Cats'.

It was around the age of six on family trips to his Uncles house in the suburbs of Gothenburg that Peter first started to be intrigued by stars, galaxies and ‘other worlds’.  In the evenings he and his cousins would play around with a short wave radio, searching the intervals in between stations for odd noises and voices, then pointing torch lights to the heavens, hoping that that they might receive signals from ‘alien’ life forms. 

"Galactic Sounds" steps off from this period of joyful childhood star gazing. Conceived from its inception as "head phone music" - meant to encourage the listener to close their eyes and travel to a far off place.  It was recorded with a limited pallet of instruments from his collection; a vintage Farfisa Professional Organ, an old 1966 East German Klira Bass Guitar, a 70's Japanese Glockenspiel and an Elgam Carousel – a rare analogue preset type rhythm box. Inspired in part  by 1970s library music and Czech Cartoon soundtracks Peter has created a magical tapestry of space age sound, that glides the listener from track to track on an intergalactic journey through the starry skies.  

The album is accompanied by two videos made by Peter that hint at the cut up collage and mixed media style of his paintings, which he creates with re-appropriated vintage magazines and acrylic paint. To see more of his art and to listen to some of his other music check out his website:




 





Saturday, 18 November 2017

Shapwick Cassettes and Prints.


Available in the shop are three new Giclee prints featuring artwork from the covers of the last few Clay Pipe releases.  Printed with archive quality inks on 310 mg Hahnemühle German Etching paper. Each print comes in an edition of 20, and is numbered and signed. 41cm x 30½cm (12"x16")

 
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The release of Jon Brooks' Shapwick marked a turning point in the history of Clay Pipe Music - the labels first vinyl release - initially released on CD in a hand made cover in 2012, it sold out in just a couple of hours. People kept asking for it to be reissued on vinyl, so that is what we did. The vinyl is now long out of print, and as Jon recorded it on a 4 track tape recorder, it seemed to make perfect sense to release it on cassette. You can read the original press release HERE. 100 numbered copies, with download code. £9 + P&P

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.
SOLD OUT



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.