Saturday, 20 November 2021

David Boulter - Twelve bells for Libuše

 


Flexi-disc/Download EP

500 copies in hand constructed fully-illustrated booklet.

£9.50 + P&P 


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Twelve Bells for Libuše is the Tinderstick's keyboard player’s second solo release on Clay Pipe Music. It celebrates the winter season in his adopted home of Prague.

I always liked the idea of a Christmas record. There’s so many I love. But I always got lost in my own way of doing it. I started to think about this on the summer solstice. Thinking ahead on the longest day to the shortest. How the festive season has always been my favourite. Those short days and long nights of winter somehow holding a more magical feeling than summer to me. Especially if it snows. Street lights glowing on a frosty evening. Christmas Tree lights blinking in a distant window. The sun, low in a chilly blue sky. 

As I was thinking about this, I heard the sad news that Libuše Šafránková, a Czech actress I first saw as a child in Three Nuts For Cinderella, had died. Tři oříšky pro Popelku, Three Nuts For Cinderella, was part of the cultural exchange the BBC had in the early 1970’s. A winter fairytale that, perhaps, is where my love of Czech or East European culture first began. Or maybe it was just a young boys infatuation with the beautiful Libuše!

The songs were inspired by those dark, cold nights and the warm feeling a memory brings. I knew straight away Frances at Clay Pipe would do something beautiful visually with this. As always, she has done so perfectly.”

David Boulter 2021


 

Also on the 3rd December we will be restocking the Clay Pipe Shop with a collection of Risograph and Giclee prints based on the artwork from 2021 releases, Japanese Beer Cups, Tote bags, and T-shirts. Winter Greetings cards based on the artwork for Twelve Bells for Libuše will also be available. 


 




Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Stagdale Part 2



   Book, badge and Flexi-disc/digital download EP

Available from 5th Nov 2021

£13.99 - with flexi-disc and download (400 copies)  SOLD OUT

£9.99 - with download via GREEDBAG

£9.99 - with download via BANDCAMP

 

Clay Pipe is pleased to announce the second part of Frances Castle's graphic story 'Stagdale'.
along with a flexi-disc and digital EP, by her musical alter ego 'The Hardy Tree' that soundtracks the book.

Stagdale, an isolated village secluded in a valley of chalky hills, is a place that holds many secrets. In the first book set in 1975 twelve-year-old Londoner Kathy moves to the village after her parents divorce, and discovers a wartime diary concealed behind the skirting boards of her cottage bedroom. The new book starts in Nazi-occupied Berlin in 1938, and tells of school boy Max’s escape across Europe on the Kindertransport and his arrival in Stagdale. 

There will be a launch party on Thursday 4th Nov at Duplikat Press, in Haggerston, London, E2. With new Risograph prints of Clay Pipe artwork available, live printing, back stock Clay Pipe records and beer, all welcome.





 
 
 
 

 

Tickets are free and can be had from EVENTBRITE
 

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Andrew Wasylyk - Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia

 



Vinyl / CD / Digital

 600 copies on white vinyl. SOLD OUT

CD - SOLD OUT

300 copies on pink vinyl exclusive to Monorail, Glasgow. SOLD OUT 

The vinyl is being repressed - Pre Order HERE

 

As the Spring of discontent took hold on 2020, composer Andrew Wasylyk sought shelter in the familiar. Low-light morning walks in Dundees 19th century Balgay Park acted as sanctuary and solace to events happening in the world outside. Opened in 1871 the park, with adjoining cemetery and sweeping panoramic views across the Firth Of Tays inner estuary, is known for its astronomical observatory which sits high on a wooded hill and is the only full-time public observatory in the UK.

These walks, along with the comfort found in work and routine, helped alleviate the universal cloud of anxiety that swept the first part of the year, and soon Andrew found that his daybreak strolls were seeping into the music he was creating. Slowly, a collection of luminous, inventive and largely instrumental music was taking shape.

The ten compositions that make up Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia present themselves as hymns to early morning light, the optimism at the start of the day, and the simple joy that can be found close to home exploring an inner-city park. As with last years Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation and Scottish Album Of The Year Award shortlisted The Paralian (2019), trumpet and flugelhorn are handled by fellow Tayside musician Rachel Simpson, who's delivery blends muted swells and punctuated patterns.

The hallmarks of Wasylyks multi-dimensional approach to composing, performing and producing glow soft throughout the arrangements. His timeless, yet entirely individual,melodies remain potent and apparent. A warped tape loop cycles over a Fender Rhodes motif - elegiac strings underlined by the thud of analogue drum machine. Textures shift and shade like dawn glimmering through the branches of a sycamore. Infused with field-recordings made on his morning rambles; finches flutter in the high green canopy, a dog walker shuffles in fallen leaves, the faint hum of lawnmower and passing passenger-less bus. Elsewhere, a wood pigeon clatters through a blossom tree, migratory geese call above Mills Observatory and the heavy summer rain rattles down on empty streets.

Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia is as much a daydream rubric through solitude as it is meditative map. An invite to untold stories and images that take flight in the listeners mind.Here, Andrew Wasylyk offers another cohesive, unique, and transcendental journey through ambient, library and jazz. A comfort to pause, to look up, and to celebrate our human connection with the nature around us, and within us all.

Previous Press

Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music Album Of The Year, 2020

Piccadilly Records Top 10 Albums of the Year, 2020

Monorail Music Top 20 Albums of the Year, 2020

at the confluence between The High Lamas, David Axelrod and Boards Of Canada”, -

★★★★★ - Record Collector Magazine, 2020

★★★★ - Shindig! Magazine, 2020

 








Tuesday, 18 May 2021

D Rothon - Memories of Earth

 

 

 Vinyl / CD / Digital

D Rothon - Memories of Earth.

700 hand numbered vinyl copies.

CD: £11 + P&P 

Vinyl: £18.99 + P&P Sold Out in Clay Shop

Vinyl still available from: Transmission, Normans, Monorail, Bleep, Rough Trade, Resident, Juno, and Piccadilly. 

Memories of Earth is D Rothon’s second LP for Clay Pipe Music. In the years since 2018’s critically acclaimed Nightscapes, aside from working on this follow-up, he has played pedal steel on albums by Lost Horizons (on the John Grant-fronted track Cordelia), Liela Moss and Johanna Warren. He has also contributed to two recent compilations by the Second Language label – a kindred spirit to Clay Pipe.

The catalyst for Memories of Earth was the 2019 Moving to Mars exhibition at London’s Design Museum - which created a simulation of a future Martian settlement. For Rothon this triggered recollections of a childhood fascination with space – fuelled by the moon landings, visits to the London Planetarium and being taken aged six to see Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. “I recall it as a time when a science fiction-style future seemed just around the corner,” he says. He cites as another influential experience the landmark Cybernetics Serendipity show at the ICA, which featured collaborations between artists and scientists: machines were shown alongside artwork in a spirit of postwar optimism for the positive power of new technologies. “I actually remember very little about it other than it was very noisy and somewhat scary!”

Memories of Earth reflects a spectrum of emotional responses to the idea of space travel – from the optimism and wonder of those childhood dreams to the sense of disconnection, isolation and loss we might feel on a one-way trip to Mars… or beyond. The final, bittersweet track brings us back down to earth with a sense that perhaps it’s caring for our own planet that should be our priority.

Musically Memories of Earth draws on a varied palette of influences including early prog, electronica and European film soundtracks. This diversity of styles flows together to form an album that’s coherent but full of surprises. It also benefits from vocal contributions by acclaimed US musician Johanna Warren and actress/chanteuse Claudia Barton, who wrote and performs the words for the title track – a paean to Earth’s “soft, green bacterial surface”; its “deep, wet, blue mysteries”…

Praise for Nightscapes:

"An instant classic – 9/10" The Line Of Best Fit

"Wonderful" Prog magazine

"Beautifully somnolent neo-classical/ambient work" Electronic Sound

"A Suite of gently haunting instrumentals..Hunker down, listen after dark and let it infiltrate your dreams" Shindig

"Nightscapes is an otherworldly ambient record... it’s like some distantly remembered TV theme, delivered via cor anglais, guitar and strings." Terrascope


Thursday, 6 May 2021

CDs now in stock

 

Now available. CD reissues of Plinths Smalls Lighthouse, Jon Brooks - Shapwick and David Boulters - Yarmouth. Designed with the same attention to detail as the LP, the sleeves are gatefold and printed on reverse board.

£11 each or £30 bundle

BUY


Thursday, 22 April 2021

 Clay Pipe apologies for the slow start this year. We have records in long queues at various pressing plants and have plenty of exciting releases planned for the months ahead. Early May we should have some CDs of 3 classic Clay Pipe albums in stock, and at the end of May pre-orders will go up for D Rothon's 'Memories of Earth'. Please keep your eyes on this page, social media, and sign up to the mailing list for news as it happens.

After being closed because of COVID restrictions, the Clay Pipe Studio Shop in London E3 will be open again for week day visitors from the 28th April with back catalogue stock etc. Please drop me a line and let me know if you are planning a visit.

 



Thursday, 21 January 2021

Clay Pipe Music - Ten Year Anniversary

 


In celebration of 10 years of Clay Pipe Music, we are re-issuing the first two releases on the label. The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath by The Hardy Tree, and 'Thalassing' by Michael Tanner and Kerrie Robinson. 

700 hand numbered copies of each on coloured  vinyl.

Reverse board sleeve, with Bandcamp download code.
 

Out of Stock in the Clay Pipe Shop.

Available through these record shops:

Transmission - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing.

Monorail - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing 

Resident - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing 

Rough Trade - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing

Normans - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing

Bleep - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing

Juno The Hardy Tree - Thalasing


 I’m not sure exactly what my plans for Clay Pipe were were in October 2010 when I finished recording The Hardy Tree’s 'The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' and decided to self-release it on CD. I hand printed the cover in blue, using a miniature Japanese screen printing machine called a 'Print Gocco' and I catalogued it 'Clay Pipe 001', so perhaps I was more optimistic about starting a label than I remember? It got picked up by Jarvis Cocker and played on his ‘Sunday Service’ show, the first pressing of 100 sold out, so I quickly pressed up 100 more, this time in Yellow Ochre. A president was set.

I discovered Michael Tanners music on MySpace, and we agreed that I would put out Thalassing which he had just completed with Kerrie Robinson. It came out mid January 2011, and with a second release  Clay Pipe was suddenly a proper label. This time I created the CD cover from scratch, Gocco printing onto 5”x 5” pieces of card and binding them together with cloth tape.

Neither of these albums have been available in physical form since, I’ve adapted the artwork and they have both been remastered for vinyl by Antony Ryan.

The Hardy Tree – The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath.

The music on 'The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' was inspired by Frances' local London neighbourhood, a soundtrack to the past beneath the pavements, its early grass covered hills, Victorian heyday, and 20th century sprawl. Recorded at home in an attic room over a year, she patched and stitched together an orchestral jigsaw puzzle of sounds that hint at audio memories, ghost orchestras, cinema organs, folk song, and static and crackle.

Thalassing


'Thalassing' is a self titled LP by duo Michael Tanner and Kerrie Robinson.
 

Michael has made music under many guises Plinth, Cloisters and The A.Lords to name but a few as well as recording and playing live with Mark Fry and Sharron Kraus. As Plinth he created 'Music for Smalls Lighthouse' also released on Clay Pipe Music. Kerrie J Robinson is a multi-instrumentalist based in the remote west Highlands of Scotland. Originally from Dorset, she cut her musical teeth working in record shops and playing in bands, including Red Peal, Betika, and Sancho. Her current solo work fuses field recordings with improvisation, sound design and electronics.

Thalassing was recorded live in one night alongside a screening of Robert J. Flaherty's 'Man Of Aran' (1934).


 





The Original CDs Original hand printed CDs.

Monday, 11 January 2021

David Boulters - Yarmouth

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the second pressing of David Boulter's Yarmouth, I was hoping to have copies by mid-January, but due to pressing delays this is looking unlikely. Please keep checking back here or follow me on social media for further news.