Saturday, 29 August 2015

A Rest Before the Walk has Arrived Safe and Sound

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
Keith Seatman.
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.
Catalogue number: ksa 005
Release date Oct, 2015.
Extracts from A Rest Before the Walk can be heard here

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Douglas E Powell Good Men Get Lost at Sea

Have just been sent the lovely (and it is lovely) and quite wonderful new album by Douglas E Powell & The Rising Spirit Good 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. 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Extracts from ‘Walk’ 2015 by Greg Palmer

A Rest Before the Walk (Inside of Digipac)

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 a new 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

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Its all go in The Studio

Hard at work trying to finish the new album. So here are a few images of myself and the team trying our best to tidy up the wobbly & twiddly bits plus also monitor the playback. 

Monday, 8 June 2015

Test Transmission Archive Reel 21

The summer is upon us, so its about time for another one of these. Bit slow at getting these done at the mo due to many other things going on (trying to finish of new album for Oct, and about to start on yet another side project) There was so much I wanted to put on this mix but just ran out of time. But enough of all that. This time we have music from Prufrock, Douglas E Powell, ESG, Micheal Fassbender, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Nolan Porter, Lighthouse, Malcolm Clarke and even something from my murky old past.
So until we all meet again. Have a nice summer, I might even have another mix ready for when the evenings get dark. I have been asked a few times if any of the Test Transmission Archive Reel Mixes are available to download. I am sorry to say that the answer to that is no. I decided for a number of reasons a long time back that the mixes would only be available on Mixcloud.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Cassettes Cassettes Cassettes Cassettes

The problem with Bank Holidays is that I really do not like them. To much traffic and all a tad to busy for me. So I/we have a tendency to stay in. The good thing about this is that I end up rummaging in the loft for hours on end, and sometimes find a few things that I forgot I had, like these four wonderful cassettes. All are in fantastic condition and do sound very good. So a rather good day so far.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Haunted Air

This rather wonderful book turned up at the Seatman house not so long ago. It would have been very rude not to let it in. It has now taken up residence on the shelf.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Echopet this year

This track was put together by Jez Stevens and myself back in 2013. The idea was to work together as Echopet. Alas we did not really do anything about it. Then a few nights ago we got together to discuss getting Echopet up and running, and have decided to work on some music this Spring and Summer. And maybe even play live later in the year. In the mean time I have an album to finish and release by October, so best I crack on.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Robert Macfarline The eeriness of the English Countryside

A fantastic article from The Guardian by Robert Macfarline entitled The eeriness of the English CountrysideWriters and artists have long been fascinated by the idea of an English eerie – ‘the skull beneath the skin of the countryside’. But for a new generation this has nothing to do with hokey supernaturalism – it’s a cultural and political response to contemporary crises and fears. The starting point for this excellent piece is the M R James Ghost story A View from a Hill and Ben Wheatley's A Field in England. Definitely worth a read.

Friday, 20 March 2015

New Album Tracks Part 2 (Work in Progress)

Even more ideas, work in progress and swift mixes for the next album. The tracks are
I Wish I Wish, Once More with the Whirligig, Broken Folk, Thinking Doing & Moving, Waiting for Mr Fieldpole, My Morning Ritual, Race you to the Top. Now all I have to do is set about releasing it later in the year.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Something for the Autumn (maybe)

If all goes to plan (and it usually does not) and providing its mixed mastered and all the artwork etc is finished. This might be an Autumn release.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Test Transmission Archive Reel 20

At last Archive Reel 20!!!!! never thought I would in fact get to 20 of these. Who knows might make it to 30. This time round we have music from Seventh Wave, Luther Ingram, Soulless Party, Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, Advisory Circle, Carya Amara, Concretism, Jane Weaver, 10cc and quite a lot more. Anyway a tad busy for the next few months on the new album so I hope to get another Archive Reel to you all in the summer. In the meantime hope you enjoy all this. Until next time.........TATA

Saturday, 28 February 2015

THE ACTIVE LISTENER: Nine Questions with Keith Seatman

THE ACTIVE LISTENER: Nine Questions with Keith Seatman: Nine Questions is a new regular feature on the Active Listener, where we ask our favourite artists nine simple questions and get all sorts of answers

Monday, 23 February 2015

Waiting for Les Revenants

Have just recently re-watched the last episode of Les Revenants (The Returned) and I must say how very much I enjoyed the whole series. A while ago I did try to explain the series and why I liked it so much to a friend of mine. So here more or less is my shambolic after a few vodkas explanation of Les Revenants to my friend. "its Zombies, but not really Zombies!! the dead come back to life but they are not daft silly shambling decomposing things. They are just as confused as to why they are all coming back to life. It sort of reminds me of Twin Peaks in places, lots of very long slow conversations that are captivating and intriguing with lots of long pauses and intense facial expressions. Its all set in a French Alpine Village or Town and again like the Twin Peaks intro much is made of the landscapes, lots of vast forests mountains empty roads. Its very dark and bleak. The soundtrack is perfect, its by Mogwai, I will lend it to you (friend still looks interested in what I am saying, and has not walked of or yawned) the whole series is on Netflix, have a look. Its based on the 2004 French film They Came Back which was also called The Returned" Thats more or less what I said to my friend, it was also getting very late by then. I am very much looking forward to season 2 later in 2015.