More Cds arriving soon (Thurs Nov 12th) but if you can't wait why not go digital for your rest. https://keithseatman.bandcamp.com/album/a-rest-before-the-walk https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/dept/~ghost-box-guests/ Keith Seatman is someone whose music I first heard in the context of my old experimental music zine, ‘WonderfulWooden Reasons’ and who’s album left me craving more. His latest, ‘A Rest Before the Walk’, is an utterly glorious selection of filmic folk and ghostly electronica that is utterly mesmerising from first to last. Wyrd Britain (Nov 2015) ‘A Rest Before the Walk’ is an essential listen, its tracks not only standouts on their own merits but also expertly interwoven into a coherent, effective overarching mood as a whole. Seatman has produced perhaps his best album to date and, given his earlier work is also indispensable and a must have, this is significant. Some might call this music hauntology, others electronica; what it is is a damn fine album that you need to hear. The Active Listener (Oct 2015) Admirers of the Ghost Box imprint will do well to take note that production credits, on an advisory capacity, come from Jim Jupp whilst on the sets three lightest moments – ‘broken folk’, ‘my morning ritual’ and ‘a rest before the walk’ Douglas E. Powell features applying vocal duties to such exquisite effect that on second named track something disorientating approaching Edward Ka-Spell donning youthful Peter Gabriel skins emerges while the latter mentioned woozily wanders into the fracturing shadow lands of Komeda albeit as though spirit guided by some hitherto dark twin of the Superimposers. The Sunday Experience (Oct 2015) A Rest Before The Walk is a much bleaker album than Around The Folly And Downhill with a less pastoral feel and a starker, colder ’80s mood befitting the Sheffield bands or apocalyptic sci-fi and slasher movies scores of the same time. It’s far from easy listening, but, like many of the Ghost Box releases, it washes over you like a fever dream and captivates the senses. Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills (Shindig Issue 51 Oct 2015) Wyrd Daze Issue 4 Interview (some thoughts and ramblings from me)
I did enjoy Peter Stricklands re-imagined version of the Stone Tape Listen here. Always loved the original ("ITS IN THE COMPUTER") and was quite pleased with this radio adaption. The superb atmospheric Music and Sound Design was supplied by James Cargill (Broadcast) and Andrew Liles (Current 93 Nurse with Wound). John Doran from The Quietus reviews this new version in a dark cold crypt of a London Church.
A few months back I re-read Simon Reynolds excellent book about the Post
Punk years Rip it up and start again. All inspired, I decided that I was
long over due in putting together a massive 2 hr Post Punk Mix. This
mix is in no particular order. Some of you might point out that a few of
the bands here are not really Post Punk....true maybe, in fact some of
the bands here are def pre-punk, but there impact and presence was
probably felt more musically in the post punk years. To wet your whistle
we have music from Throbbing Gristle, Pere Ubu, Josef K, Metal Urbain,
Young Marble Giants, Wall of Voodoo, Monochrome Set, PIL, Pop Group,
Magazine, James Chance, The Raincoats, Wire and much much more. Anyway thats
it for me mix wise this year. Time for a break. Its all been very busy
what with the new album out this month and all other things, so until
the next one thank you all for listening this year see you in 2016.
The CD version of A Rest Before the Walk has now SOLD OUT on Bandcamp. A Digital Version of the album can still be purchased from Bandcamp. If the mood takes you go digital. CDs are still available from The Ghost Box Guests Shop for the time being. Thank you to everyone who have bought a copy of A Rest Before the Walk.
The new Keith Seatman album is finally here, and CD copies are available to purchase from The Ghost Box Records Guests Shop CD and Digital will also be available from Bandcamp on Monday 19th October. There is for the time being only a limited number of CD copies from Ghost Box Guests shop so you might have to be swift. The Album has so far been played a few times on 6 Music and has been reviewed by The Sunday Experience and interview in Wyrd Daze issue 4. There is also a very nice review in Shindig issue 51 which is due out very soon. It’s far from easy listening, but it washes over you like a fever dream and captivates the senses. Jon Mojo Mills Shindig Oct 2015 Issue 51. Those of you fancying some creeping dread psychosis purred disturbia in readiness to celebrate the season of death / rebirth will probably have to dig deep to find anything as out there, strange and eerie as Keith Seatman’s sinisterly shadow smothered ‘a rest before the walk’. The Sunday Experience (Oct 2015)
I am very pleased to say that a limited number of CD copies of my new album A Rest Before the Walk (ksa.005) will be available to purchase from The Ghost Box Records Guests Shop in mid October. The CD and Digital download will also be available on Bandcamp at about the same time. Release date to be announced very soon.
Here we are again with another one of my Test Transmissions. This time
round we have music from Godley & Creme, Simon Heartfield, Scott
Walker, Pye Corner Audio & Belbury Poly, Jane Weaver, Shangri-La's,
Dereck & Ray, Mouse on Mars, Gryphon, The Ephemeral Man, Ennio
Morricone, Wavscape, Barry Grey and loads more. Working on something different for Archive
Reel 23 which might appear just before Christmas if I have time. So for
now sit yourself down with a cuppa and have a wade through this lot.
Last week I took delivery of my new album, A Rest Before the Walk. Now furiously putting some in envelopes and getting ready for October release date.
The track listing is We all had our Dreams, Strange Tales & Lost Paper Trails, There’s Something Outside, Once More with the Whirligig, Broken Folk*, Made by Sun and Ice, Race you to the Top, Thinking Doing and Moving, My Morning Ritual*, I Wish I Wish I Wish, Waiting for Mr Fieldpole, Sun in Her Hand, Along the Corridor 1st on the Left Room 2882, A Rest Before the Walk* All tracks written by Keith Seatman except* Seatman & Powell Music* Keith Seatman. Vocals/Lyrics* Douglas E Powell. Produced by Keith Seatman. Additional production Jim Jupp. Mastering by Jack Packer. Additional voices Caitlin, Joshua. Layout and design by Keith Seatman. A Rest Before the Walk will be available as CD and Digital download from Bandcamp CD also available from The Ghost Box Shop Catalogue number: ksa 005 Release date Oct, 2015.
Extracts from A Rest Before the Walk can be heardhere
Have just been sent the lovely (and it is lovely) and quite wonderful new album by Douglas E Powell & The Rising SpiritGood Men get Lost at Sea. I have played a few early versions of some of the tracks on my Test Transmission mixes over the last year or so (Nash's Tower, Penny Lies) and have had the pleasure of Doug letting me hear a few of these tracks develop and change as the album has progressed. My own personal fav with its very gentle Folk/Psych backwards guitar ending is Penny Lies. Copies of Good Men get Lost at Sea can be purchased from here.
The Walk – Urban, rural and
everything in between. -Contemplation, rhythm, weather, smell, soundtrack (natural / man-made),
and the internal monologue. We walk for many reasons, simply as a means of
getting from A to B (Shanks’s Pony).Walking for pleasure, walk as pilgrimage, ritual or with the formality
of a procession; as escape, as political act or protest. We walk to notice, to
search and we walk to think.
We walk in company or alone.
We might walk with a spring in our step or it could be a reluctant trudge, a
gruelling hike or gentle saunter. Our natural movement can be choreographed
into a military march or the exaggerated action of a race walker.
We walk at different rates,
often suggested by location, terrain,
need and ability. We move about our homes at a particular ‘indoor’ pace, but
there are interior spaces such as hospital corridors and station concourses
that invite an outdoor rhythm and speed.
To an extent all our walks
are coloured by a degree of prior knowledge and awareness. Some locations and
the routes we take are however so heavily loaded with particular memories or
associations that our experience is profoundly affected by them.
Stride across open
moorland, occasional sideways hawthorn; slowing down the pace to explore the
skeleton of a long abandoned farm and to see if the Redstarts are back.
Stopping only to raise binoculars, catch breath, examine a sagging sheep
carcase and to take stock of where I am and how I fit.
Night Walk 2 – Step from
the shifting rattle and metallic ’tink’ of the shingle to the dull solid
resistance of the concrete promenade. Legs adjust to the new surface and the
head to anew quiet.
From the Old Road take the
track to Sidebottom Fold Farm at the foot of Wild Bank; through the gate and
into the field, under the pylon that fizzes and crackles loudly on rainy days,
up to where the heather (thick with flies in late summer) begins. Over the dry
stone wall and left along the rutted path to the disused rifle range with its
raised banks and collapsing concrete bunkers; a bleak, melancholy place that is
gradually being reclaimed by the land. Corroded round casings are still
plentiful, embedded in the sandy earth, even though generations of children
have collected them by the handful.
E8/N16 - Spiral down the
stairwell, eye level and summit of the railway embankment align through window
on floor 2, - out onto the estate. Move on past open and boarded shops and once
grand Victorian town houses. Join the High Street where a pub chalk board
declares ‘Bear Garden at Rear’. Heavy traffic heading northwards. Greengrocer’s
outside display overflowing brightly, like waxy treasure under strings of warm
electric bulbs, a beacon on winter evenings. Adjacent cold strip lit basement
Turkish social club, cheers as Besiktas stick one in. London Pride on right
then straight on at the lights, cross and turn into the cemetery (Egg Stores to
our back). Dramatic Egyptian inspired entrance. Overgrown arboretum, ivy clad
Victorian Gothic. A glittering array of incumbents infuse the ingredients of
our ‘Dead Man’s Blackberry and Apple Pie’; drinker’s bench and disused boarded
up chapel complete with obligatory satanic graffiti. Exit by the Salvationist
Booth family burial plot and head down largely gentrified Church St. Move past
the ‘village church’ and into the park where released terrapins clog a vestige
of Myddelton’s New River.
Extracts from ‘Walk’ 2015 by Greg Palmer. - Artist and
Associate Lecturer on the B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art course at Southampton Solent University & the
M.A. Illustration course at Kingston University.
These notes, observations and reflections on walks and
walking were written in response to a request made by Keith Seatman for me to
produce a text on the subject to accompany the release of his album A Rest Before the Walk, Oct 2015.