If you are in London on the 21st of December please come along to the Heavenly Social Christmas Market. I will have a stall selling Clay Pipe goodies including four new Risograph prints featuring the artwork of past Clay Pipe releases, and download cards of sold out Clay Pipe releases including Jon Brooks Shapwick. I'll be sharing my stall with Glen from Second Language, so there will be a great selection of CDs and Records to choose from. Heavenly bands playing down stairs, winter ales, mulled wine etc.
group Jetsam are an eclectic contemporary ensemble who create and
perform original and commissioned works as well as contemporary
2012 they teamed up with author Gareth E. Rees for a collaborative
project inspired by his blog The
Marshman Chronicles and,
in particular, his short story
‘A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes’.
Rees’s work, the Lea Marshes are a fragmented world which disrupt
the walker’s sense of linear time. The landscape is an unsettling
mix of ancient wetland, overgrown Victorian ruins, wild flower
meadows, pylons, railway sidings and reservoirs. Kestrels hover over
grazing rare breed cattle. Shopping trolleys are sucked into the
river bank. A heron stands in a flooded World War II bomb crater.
All of this framed by London’s skyscraper skyline and the stadia of
the Olympic Park. This inner city wilderness tells a story about
London’s past, but it also suggests a future after mankind has
gone, when wild nature bursts through the cracks in the city to
reclaim it as their own.
a ‘A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes’. Jetsam’s atmospheric
orchestration, and Rees’s spoken word take you on a journey
through this troubled dreamscape.
album has been beautifully recorded at the Music Studios of The
University of Hudderfield, it will be limited to 200 numbered copies
in a Risograph printed handmade CD case designed by illustrator
E. Rees' book Marshland:
Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London, will be published
by Hackney-based Influx Press
Michael Tanner is a musician from Dorset who 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
For Smalls Lighthouse was initially released in 2010 as a very
limited edition CD by Second Language, since then it has been
unavailable on a physical format. The album has been specially
re-mastered for vinyl by ISAN's Antony Ryan and features completely new artwork by Frances
Castle, including an illustrated booklet that tells the story of
Smalls Lighthouse. Limited to 500 hand numbered copies it includes a
download of the LP and the bonus mini album 'Flotsam' that was
included in the original release.
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.
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
For Smalls Lighthouse
is a quite remarkable record...feels like a slice of Britain has been
carved and pressed to vinyl for the listener to enjoy at will…
We’ll likely never see a glut of similar albums, because they are so
difficult to do well, without theatrics or pretense. But when they are done
well, as is the case here, they stick in the mind like cherished guests
in a cozy house. It’s not only their stories that we want to remember,
but the ways in which they were told. A Closer Listen (Richard Allen)
Way back in 2010, Second Language released a compilation album called Music and Migration,
which proffered exclusive sonic wares by artists including Vashti
Bunyan, Xela, Hauschka, Leyland Kirby and Peter Broderick. Themed
around issues of avian migration, and the many man-made threats to
international ‘flyways’ as highlighted by the nature conservation
organization, BirdLife International’s Born to Travel campaign, the
album proved to be both an artistic and critical ‘hit’, selling out its
limited edition almost immediately.
Encouraged by its success, Second Language went on to release a second volume in 2011, the aptly-titled, Music and Migration II,
this time in support of BirdLife Malta and their efforts to secure
avian migratory routes across the islands. Artists included Marissa
Nadler, Piano Magic, Sophie Hutchings and James Brewster. The
third and final instalment in the Music & Migration series Music
& Migration III congratulates BirdLife International on their 20th
Anniversary and particularly celebrates their important global work for
migratory birds. M&MIII has a no less stellar cast, including as it
does, exclusive contributions from eminent field recordist Chris
Watson, Mark Fry, Colleen, Morr Music label mates ISAN and Pascal Pinon,
Lisa Knapp, Memory Drawings, Frances Castle, Oliver Cherer (Dollboy),
Gareth Dickson, acid-folk doyenne Sharron Kraus, Directorsound and Glen
Johnson (Piano Magic). 'Music & Migration III' comes packaged as a 6 panel concertina sleeve beautifully illustrated by Frances Castle of Clay Pipe Records/The Hardy Tree.
Included with M&MIII is a free bonus disc, Mizieb EP, by The Home Current featuring remixes of Theme From Mizieb (originally
released on M&MII) by the likes of The Boats, Opiate, Chronomad, El
Búho and Blood On The Snare (Jerome Tcherneyan of Piano Magic). Two
original tracks complete the set - Fiddien Torchlight Procession (feat. Anna Rose Carter) and A Case Of Domestic Violins (feat. Sarah Kemp of brave timbers/Lanterns On The Lake).
when the music stops, migratory birds will still face threats along
their routes of travel. Find out how you can help here: www.birdlife.org
1. ISAN - Kirkeskov 2. Colleen - Bird Score 3. Frances Castle - Flight Of The Swans 4. Oliver Cherer - Croham Hurst 5. Directorsound - Is That The Heron? 6. Mark Fry - In Times Like These 7. Memory Drawings - Wheatfields 8. Glen Johnson - L'abandon 9. Pascal Pinon - Fuglar 10. Sharron Kraus - Birds Of The Air 11. Gareth Dickson - Amber Sky 12. Lisa Knapp - Fine Horseman 13. Chris Watson - Namaqua Moves
Risograph prints based on the design of the Barn Owl on the back of the 2nd Edition of Jon Brooks Shapwick LP are now available in the shop. These were hand printed at Dalstons Ditto Press and are limited to 50 copies, on A3 Munchen off white paper, numbered and signed by Frances Castle.
Jon Brooks Shapwick on 12" vinyl is now available in the SHOP. 380 hand numbered copies, each with a download code. This is the new edition of John Brooks 'Shapwick', which previously sold out. Beautifully printed cover on reverse matt board, this differs to the first edition in that it has a Barn Owl on the back rather than a Long Eared Owl.
his mysterious vision via snatches of half-familiar incidental music,
swathed in memorial reverb, and found sounds such as the echo-location
clicks of bats, all recorded on deliciously deteriorating used cassette
- Stewart Lee. The Sunday Times.
then Brooks brings out the real treasure: his most focused musical
compositions yet; think his Advisory Circle LPs cleaned of public
information films but beefed up with extra melody.'
-George Bass. Drowned in Sound.
'Shapwick contains a handful of Brooks' most simple and beautiful compositions.'
- Stuart Huggett. The Quietus.
'A must-have purchase for fans of the Ghost Box and Second Language oeuvres, recommended for everyone else.'
The Barn Owl Edition - the second edition - of Jon Brooks Shapwick vinyl LP is on its way and should be avaible to pre-order from next week. It is exactly the same as the first edition, except that it features a Barn Owl on the rear of the cover rather than a Long Eared Owl. It will be limited to around 400 copies.