Wednesday 18 July 2018

Plinth - Music For Smalls Lighthouse.

Release: 3rd Aug 2018
Sea Foam Green vinyl.
Reverse board cover.
500 numbered copies with download code.
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...
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.