Thursday, 6 August 2020

Represses of Gilroy Mere's 'Adlestrop' and 'Over the Tracks'.


Gilroy Mere - Adlestrop
Second Pressing in chocolate and cream livery.
 500 hand numbered copies with download code.
 Comes with cut-out station by Gary Willis. 

SOLD OUT - in the Clay Pipe shop
Copies still available at:


Gilroy Mere - Over the Tracks
Flexi-disk/Download EP and booklet with cut out model station by Gary Willis.
Transparent Flexi with red print.(photo shows first pressing in red)
300 copies.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Gilroy Mere - Adlestrop

Gilroy Mere - Adlestrop
Pre-Orders from 3rd July 2020.
Release date 24th July 2020.
 600 hand numbered copies with download code.
150 cassettes with download code.

Vinyl version comes with cut-out station by Gary Willis. 

Repress due in September.

Clay Pipe is very happy to bring you Gilroy Mere’s third record on the label, Adlestrop is  inspired by the remains of the rural railway stations, that were closed in the wake of the 1963 Beeching Report.

This record started with Edward Thomas’s poem Adlestrop and a chance visit to the village that it takes its title from. I wanted to see the station, but found it was no longer there, all that remains is the old platform sign Adlestrop, now part of a local bus shelter. However as I walked around the village I was struck that; “all the birds of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire” were still singing away - like ghosts from Thomas’ verse.

Visiting Adlestrop spurred me to get hold of a copy of the Beeching Report which, in Appendix 2, lists all the services and stations recommended for closure in the 1960s. The names read like an epic British poem, from halts to branch-line stops and stations and singular terminals for public schools, mines, ferries and even an asylum. There’s Ravenscar where a resort was planned but got no further in its construction than the station, and a hotel - the grid marked out for the roads never laid. Bethesda, a short branch line from Bangor up towards Snowdonia, was used for slate and passengers and is now just a quiet green valley, Christ’s Hospital on the old Cranleigh Line, opened with seven platforms to cope with the daily flood of pupils attending the famous school nearby which never came as it was a boarding school. Many of the stations have vanished, with just fields and car parks left in their place, some are repurposed as houses, or shops, or abandoned as artefacts of a lone-gone industrial past.

Armed with a digital recorder, and with a copy of Beechings Report as my guidebook I made notes and recordings on my travels around the country, and used them as the starting point for a set of pieces that try to capture the fading layers of history, in the areas where the stations had once stood making sure each track retains something of the real place within them. Back in my studio I reacted, improvised, and crafted musical responses to each station, trying to capture the ghosts and former lives of the stations and their imprint on the present.”
Gilroy Mere is Oliver Cherer who trading as Dollboy, Rhododendron, and Australian Testing Labs as well as his own name 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.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Jon Brooks Shapwick and How to Get to Spring represses
Jon Brooks Shapwick reissue is now available in the Clay Pipe shop. 

'Tawney Owl Edition'
Reverse board cover.
500 numbered copies
Bandcamp Download code in sleeve.
£18.99 + P&P 

'Share 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 tapes; 

- Stewart Lee. The Sunday Times.

'And 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.
Jon Brooks 'How to Get to Spring' second pressing is now available in the Clay Pipe shop. 

Reverse board cover.
300 numbered copies
Bandcamp Download code in sleeve.

Cassette & dowload code 100 copies

That Jon Brooks chose to examine the shift between winter and spring across his fourth LP on Clay Pipe Music is a magical thing itself and would be a delight even during the best of times. But these are not the best of times. Under such revised conditions Brooks’s musical ruminations feel absolutely necessary. How to Get to Spring is a series of analogue electronic lifelines that charm, entangle the soul and create wonder in the listener. This is a record to embrace, for it offers much in the way of comfort.

- Stewart Gardiner Concrete Islands. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

A Beginners Guide to Clay Pipe Music

Caught By The River has an extract from the chapter on Clay Pipe in Ian Preece’s upcoming book Listening to the Wind: Encounters with 21st Century Independent Record Labels, published next month by Omnibus Press.

As way of an introduction to those who may not have heard the music on Clay Pipe here is a playlist of Clay Pipe releases. Included are unheard tracks from  albums due to be released this summer; Gilroy Mere's Adlestrop and David Boulter's Great Yarmouth.

00:00  - Jon Brooks - Please Drive Carefully - From the LP Shapwick
03:57  - Tyneham House - Bletchingly  - From the 10" Tyneham House
05:12 - Gilroy Mere - Age of the Train - From the forthcoming LP Adlestrop
10:16 - The Hardy Tree - Looking Down on London - From the LP Through Passages of Time
13:35  - David Boulter - Looking for Trudy - From the forthcoming LP Great Yarmouth
16:51 - Jon Brooks - Fonn - From the LP How to Get to Spring
21:55 - Vic Mars - Last Days of the Great House - From the LP Inner Roads Outer Paths
26:09 - Gilroy Mere - Christ's Hospital - From the forthcoming LP Adlestrop
29:04  - Alison Cotton - House of the Famous Poet (Edit) - From the 10" House of the Famous Poet
32:10  - Retep Folo - Galactic Flare - From the LP Galactic Sounds
34:22  - D Rothon - The Years Fell Away - From the LP Nightscapes
38:41  - Vic Mars - Villages, Hamlets and Fetes - From the LP - The land and the Garden
41:46  - David Boulter - The Milk Bar - From the forthcoming LP Great Yarmouth
43:54  - The Hardy Tree - After the Rain - From the flexi disc/comic book  EP Stagdale
46:48  - Plinth - A1 51°43'.23 N 05°40'.10 W - From the LP Music for Smalls Lighthouse

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Pop Up Shop

 Restocked 14/04/2020

While you can still order from my Greedbag store their warehouse is closed to all but new releases due to Covid19, so shipping will be delayed. In order to fill this gap I've opened a temporary lock-down Clay Pipe 'Pop Up Shop', where I'll be shipping items myself. I will be adding small quantities of rare and sold out items to the stock over the coming weeks so keep an eye on social media for updates. At the moment I'm only shipping to the UK.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Jon Brooks - How to Get to Spring

Jon Brooks - How to Get to Spring.
Vinyl, Cassette, Download.
500 White Vinyl Copies, 100 Cassette.

All label copies sold out.
Pre-order  at monorail
Pre-order  at Normans

Second Pressings (with sun image on cover) Here

Move away from winter into the brightness of spring with Jon Brooks's fourth record on Clay Pipe Music.
It’s when we realise that even the most seemingly inextricable connections are but, a flicker. Despite devices put in place, to the contrary, every connection is, ultimately, a temporary one.

She considered the landscape; how it looked, how it sounded, how it felt. The landscape cannot hide in Winter; everything is laid open to examination and interpretation, whether it wants to be, or not. It also adapts and evolves; very few situations and elements stay in stasis for long, through elemental or societal influence. Prevailing winds, for example, over time, shape the appearance and structure. Other forces have similar effects. “Some of them have been here, for over a thousand years”, she thought to herself. It became even more important to harness the connections with them, when it became apparent that sometimes, they would appear; at other times, not; despite the search.

The physical and temporal connection probably lasted a minute, at most. The relationship was formed, based on how it looked, how it sounded and most importantly, how it felt. The effects of that connection, however, lasted much longer.

We may consider ourselves mirrors, when we form connections. That reflected image may be delusive, but occasionally, it is quite the opposite.

She looked at the branch, as it reached towards her hand. “Well then” it seemed to say.

Well then”, she said.”

Jon Brooks, 2020

Monday, 10 February 2020

Gilroy Mere - Over the Tracks


 Flexi-disc and booklet with cut-out model station.

Three track flexi/download EP. 

250 copies. 
Now available via digitally across most platforms.

This summer Gilroy Mere will release the follow-up album to his sell-out 2018 Clay Pipe release ‘Green Line’. The new record ‘Adlestrop’ stays with the transport theme, but is inspired by the railway stations lost in the Beeching cuts of the1960s.
On this flexi-disc EP, which is the forerunner to the album, Gilroy Mere plays homage to the deserted railway station of St Leonards West Marina, close to his home in Sussex. The EP comes with a cut-out paper model of the station designed by Gary Willis.
St Leonards West Marina was the first railway station to serve Hastings. It was opened by the Brighton, Lewes and Hastings Railway on November 7th 1846 as part of what became the East Coastway Line. After a chequered history involving feuding train companies it fell into disuse, was eventually closed in 1967 and subsequently demolished. Today there is a carpet warehouse where the station once stood. Although it is rarely noticed and overgrown with Buddleia, the old down platform can still be seen, as the train rumbles past on its way to Bexhill and Brighton.
Trading as Gilroy Mere, Dollboy, Rhododendron, and Australian Testing Labs as well as his own name, Oliver Cherer 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, Wayside and Woodland, Polytechnic Youth, Second Language, Deep Distance, and Awkward Formats.


Cut-out Station designed by Gary Willis
For those who want to build the station but not destroy their booklet there is a print out .pdf of the station and instructions in the included download.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who has supported Clay Pipe this year, bought records, come to any of the events we were involved in or visited the brand new studio shop. We have plenty planned for 2020 starting off with a special Gilroy Mere flexi disc, and followed by a new full length from Jon Brooks.