A project which evolved from the now defunct radio show You, the Night
and the Music on Sine FM in Doncaster, Woodford Halse is now a tape
label which brings you the best in electronic, psychedelic, experimental
and folk sounds.
A while back I was invited by Mat Handley (You the night and the Music) to contribute a track to Undulating Waters 3. Undulating Waters is a series of Musical Cassette and Digi collections featuring new or exclusive recordings from underground artists from across the world. Musical artists included so far have been Polypores, Time Attendent, Revbjelde, Midwich Youth Club, Heartwood Institute, Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer, Twelve Hour Foundation and absolutely loads more. My track on Undulating Waters 3 is called The Project Club. The superb design is by Nick Taylor (who I managed to meet at Deleware Rd + he has just done my new album artwork) and words by Paul Bareham.
I will be attending the Deleware Road Ritual Resistance Festival this weekend. A tad excited as it will give me the chance to catch up and speak with many people. The Deleware Road is taking place in Wiltshire, just off the A360. It was as I was thinking about getting there that I had a random thought/memory. For one reason or another I have spent quite a lot of time out this way (lurking around Devizes, Avebury, Marlborough) and I remembered that one of the main images on my album A Rest Before the Walk is a photo of a Treeline on the A342 which is just along from Devizes and the A360. A few years back I was wandering along the A342 looking for interesting things to photograph and saw the tree line and realised instantly that it was going to be the main image and starting point for the artwork for A Rest Before the Walk. On the way there see if you can spot the treeline. As said I will be wandering about on the day, probably looking lost and confused.
Here is Archive Reel 37. Something to plod along and tap your foot to over the summer. BTW I will be wandering around the Deleware Rd event on 17th Aug, if you see someone drinking to much coffee and looking a bit lost...it could be me.
Final bit of info for you all is that the new album is all finished and is coming out in the New Year on Castles in Space. More on that at later date, so until then have a nice summer. tata.
Allan Grey - The Stairway To Heaven (Matter of Life and Death) Drew Mulholland - RETURN TO THE DESOLATE SHORE Scott Walker - Montague Terrace (In Blue) The United States of America - Do You Follow Me Tony Hatch - The Champions Yvonne Baker - You Didn't Say A Word Loose Capacitor - Theme From Robins Nest Hopper, Kraus and Belbury Poly - The Devil and St. Dunstan Joe Harriott John Mayer Double Quintet - Acka Raga Marianne Faithfull - In the Night Time PJ Harvey - The Crowded Cell Simon Heartfield - Radial Theme These New Puritans - Infinity Vibraphones Steamhammer - Six Eight for Amiran Messer Für Freu Müller - The Best Girl in the USSR Spacemen 3 - Why Couldn't I See? Snooze - Did I Give You Much? Polypores - The Amateur Astronomer Jockstrap - Hayley Laurie Johnson - Las Vegas/Animal Magic
What with it being 50 years since the Apollo Moon Landings, I thought it might be a good time to put my 1969 Space City Biscuit Tin on here. My friend Mr Palmer picked this up for me and it really is quite a lovely thing. In 1969 we were all so optimistic about space and the moon. The general assumption was that by the 1990s/end of the century we would be holidaying on the moon and there would be a rather splended Moonbase. On TV and Film we were constantly shown people living and working on the moon: Clavius Base in 2001, Moonbase Alpha in Space 1999, SHADO Moonbase in UFO (set in 1980) and even Hammer got in on the act with Moon City in Moon Zero 2 (set in 2021). Sadly of course in the real world none of this happened, even though I was convinced that it would. More on My fondness of all things 60s and 70s Spacewise can be sort out on Found Objects
Its time for a clear out and a tidy up. There are only 5 CD copies of The Disjointed Oddities and Other Such Things EP left. So with that in mind it is time for a Super Summer CD EP Clear Out. These last few copies are going for £2.50. So if you fancy a super summer audio bargin then bimble along to Bandcamp to grab your summer bargin. Track five on the EP is a remix of the 2015 album track Broken Folk, the
original version of Broken Folk can be heard on the album A Rest Before the Walk. Broken Folk Spiricom Shakedown Remix is by Revbjelde who appear courtesy of Buried Treasure Records.
Disjointed Oddities has been played by 6 Musics Stuart Maconie (Freak Zone) and Gideon Coe
Musically he walks a capricious, queasily disconcerting and
idiosyncratic path. With his sounds balancing on the edges of
radiophonic playfulness and acid folk's twisted pastoralism filtered
through the dark prism of Coil-esque post-industrial decay he has
assembled another collection of deliciously serpentine and indefinably
nebulous psychedelia fueled by oneiric logic and arcadian phantasms.
Ian Holloway (Wyrd Britain July 2018)
A Child, the Hare and the Old Wooden Chair combines the cinematic
retro-futurism of bands like Pram and Broadcast with samples and
experimental sound-sculpturing. DIY psych-folk with haunted electronica,
effectively juxtaposing woozy, spooky, surreal and spacey. A great set
of tracks from this inventive experimental electronic artist.
Bliss aquamarine (July 2018)
The strange shuffling steam train beat, electronic whistles, creaks and a
guide to etiquette at a party playing within, underline the
complexities and delights of this exciting EP. The haunting beats and
Cutleresque reminiscing are both haunting and strangely hilarious. Enjoy
the heady hard stamping disco beats. Jump and nod your head in a frenzy
of nostalgic enjoyment for a forgotten
future as the beat, sweeping synth and electro drum whoops sweep you along. musicforzombies (May 2018)
Due to my daytime employment I get the benefit of having most of the summer off (and 4 half terms) so at least once in the summer and Winter I take a walk up to the SouthDowns and onto Chactonbury Ring. The photo above was taken a couple of years ago in mid December. That day I never made it to the Ring, as the weather was so bad... and I mean really bad. The wind was vicious and the rain hurt; that was as close as I could get that day.
For those of you who might (and I mean might) not know, Chactombury Ring is situated on top of Chactonbury Hill in West Sussex. Originally it was a late Bronze Age Hill Fort. Legend has it that Chanctonbury Ring was created by The Devil and that he can be summoned by running around the clump of trees seven times anti-clockwise. If he appears he will then offer you a bowl of soup in exchange for your soul. I always take a flask of soup so I should be ok. There have been reports over the years of UFO sightings, Paranormal Activity and witchcraft. The Writer and Author Robert McFarlaine writes about a night spent at Chactonbury Ring in his book The Old Ways; were he is woken up in the night after hearing chilling cries outside his tent.
So imagine my excitement when Mr Jupp from Belbury sent me a copy of the new GhostBox release Chactonbury Rings by Justin Hopper Sharron Kraus with Belbury Poly (Release Date 21st June 2019) A spoken word and music project by writer Justin Hopper and folk musician Sharron Kraus. It also features Ghost Box's own Belbury Poly. Based on live performances of Hopper's 2017 book The Old Weird Albion (publ. Penned in the Margins), it’s a poetical, autobiographical and psychogeographical account of his experiences at Chanctonbury Ring on the West Sussex Downs. (Ghostbox Records)
At times reminiscent of the David Cain and Ronald Duncan’s The Seasons. This is a beautiful and perfect sounding album (All Music by Sharron Kraus except Chactonbury Rings by Jim Jupp and Slow Air by Sharron Kraus and Richard Heacock) Sharron Kraus's voice/vocals on Wanderer are haunting and soothing while Justin Hoppers narration is composed calming and untroubled. He takes us on a wonderful spoken journey which we have to follow through from start to finish.
Spring is here, and so is another mix (not really Spring related) This
time round for your listening delight we have: Sexton Ming, DJ Shadow,
Concretism, Wire, David Essex, Dukes of the Stratosphear, Family, The
Twelve Hour Foundation, Talk Talk, Ashtoreth and Grey Malkin, Andy Partridge, Yuri Morozov and so much
more lurking in the wobbly old mix. Got to spend the next few months getting the new album ready for early 2020, So until the next one...TATA
Here are a couple of 1970s evening Thrillers and Chillers. I have very fond memories of watching these with my parents. I always seemed to be drawn to the intros and the music 1st, before I had even seen a full episode. Orsen Wells Tales of Mystery ran from 73 to 74. Each episode ran for 30 mins and was a different tale every week, introduced by... Orsen Wells. The superb intro music was by John Barry.The DVD is set for UK release in July 2019
Another 70s fav was the ATV anthology series Thriller. This always went out on a Saturday night at 9pm. The series ran from 73 to 79. Some epsodes were supernatural and spooky some were mysteries and basic who dunits. My personal fav is Nurse will make it better starring Diana Dors, Patrick Troughton and Ed Bishop. Again I loved the intro music, which was composed by Laurie Johnson. The series was picked up on in USA, but changes were made to some episode titles (Nurse will make it better was changed to The Devils Web and Video release Night Nurse) USA trailer here.
A couple of fine new releases have arrived round here recently.
First up is this absolute stunner from Buried Treasure Records
MULHOLLAND / THREE ANTENNAS IN A QUARRY Based
on an original score by Delia Derbyshire.
Drew (Mount Vernon Arts Lab) became
friends with Delia Derbyshire in the late 1990's. They spoke often about electronic sound,
the arts, her time at the BBC & beyond. Delia sent him a copy of a graphic
score written in the late 1960s & gave her blessings to a new
interpretation. Three Antennas In A Quarry (BUTR28) is a 12 track, 10" LP
of dark, ambient soundscapes based on Delia's score & is released on Buried
Treasure this April. With sleeve notes by Drew Mulholland & an extremely
rare image of Delia Derbyshire from the mid-1970s.
Next up is Douglas E Powell and The Rising Spirit Overnight Low CD and Digi download Release Date April 15 2019 Douglas E. Powell – Vocal, Guitars
Jason Pratt – Fiddle, Backing Vocal
Simon Murfet – Drums & Hand Percussion
Cover Art - Keith Seatman
Forward - Russell McAlpine
Douglas E. Powell is a UK based songwriter, lyricist and performer. A key figure on the South West UK
music, he is a seasoned performer and a familiar face at summer festivals around the UK. Powell has also
supported a variety of artists such as: Ben Ottewell from Gomez, Tom Hingley of the Inspiral Carpets and
Peter Bruntnell. In collaboration with Keith Seatman and Belbury Poly the Broken Folk EP has been
featured on 6 Music with plays from Gideon Coe and Stuart Maconie’s Freak Show. Powell has two released albums as a solo artist: The Still and West and The Iron Coast. In 2015 Powell
teamed up with the Rising Spirit to produce Good Men Get Lost At Sea. Overnight Low is their second
Powell has a distinctive voice somewhere along the tradition of Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson and Bill
Fay. His warmth and personal approach to song writing also bring to mind the work of classic artists from
in the folk tradition from David Crosby to Billy Bragg. The Broken Folk project was released by Ghost Box
is and altogether different spectre, recalling John Foxx or the electronic paths sometimes travelled by
I do have plans to release another album sometime, tunes have been
recorded and at present its lots of listening back and
whittling the tracks down to maybe a dozen. At present really not sure when or how it will be released. I have recorded a track for A Year in the Country for relese later in the year. When I do know what I am doing (do I ever ???) I will post all info here and on Twitter
My friend Mr Palmer has just recently loaned me a copy of Susan Hill’s Woman in Black. I have read the book and seen the film….plus seen the stage version, but I was rather taken by this hard back copy 1st published in 1983. The Illustrations are by John Lawrence and at first they might seem a bit light in style and at times even jovial, more fitting a lighter tale. But the illustrations are in fact quite lovely and are definitely a bonus which add to the whole reading experience of this classic story; The Woman in Black has many elements of other classic ghost stories. An old house, a causeway, a village were the locals mutter into their pints at the mention of the house, an unsuspecting hero, eerie sounds in the night, spooky children, fog/mist, secrets, vengeance, a locked room, rocking chair and of course The Woman in Black. All this is used to great effect as the mystery unfolds and the suspense builds and reaches a climax. I have seen both the BBC adaption (Screenplay by Nigel Kneel) and the 2012 film with Danial Radcliffe. Both quite good in their own right; even though the film does change the story quite a bit, but both are very enjoyable and def worth a watch.
In the summer of 2018 I was contacted by Cherry Red Records who were putting together a 60 track compilation of 1980s Garage/Postpunk/Trash. They were very keen to include a Psylons track from the Bite Back Records Cassette release Psylons is Golden. It had been many many years since I had given my old band Psylons much thought. Occasionally things would turn up on YouTube and other places on line, but that was about it. In 2016 Gideon Coe played a Psylons Peel Session track (Gideon Coe has also consistently played Keith Seatman tracks. Thank you Mr Coe) and in 2014 a Psylons track was played on a John Peel 75th anniversary special. I have over the years (on and off, def more on than off now) stayed in touch with the rest of the band. So after a catch up and band meeting (not had one of them for decades) we agreed to let Cherry Red use the requested track Waiting Nation. Jack Packer (Psylons Guitar) re-mastered the track as we only had a cassette copy of it and Warren Grech (Psylons Bass) did the write up for the CD booklet. Unfortunatly Carl Edwards (Drums) was very ill and could not meet up with us. So we agreed that we would email, text all relevent info to Carl to keep him in the loop and part of the whole project. Carl would regulery reply to my emails outlining what was going on and giving us the thumbs up to go ahead with it. Just A Bad Dream is a massive and impressive collection. Naturally Billy Childish features heavily on this collection (Thee Mighty Ceasars, The Milkshakes, The Headcoats) but there are also so many others: Naz Nomad, The Playn Jayn, The Wolfhounds, Biff Bang Pow, Jesus and The Mary Chain, The Prisoners, Prime Movers, Sexton Ming and loads and loads more. The music site Louder than War said this about the collection A must-have compilation for all lovers of that stripped back primitive sound.On this new compilation, Cherry Red have taken a snapshot of the bands
that maintained the garage-trash sound throughout the 80s in the UK.
Sadly by the time this collection was released our dear friend and Drummer Carl Edwards had passed away. I am 100% certain that he would have loved the finished product.
Here is the 1st Test Transmission Archive Reel of 2019 (hopefully not the last) To get things going this time round we have music from Boards of Canada, Paddy Kingsland, Aquarian Age, Cate le Bon, Pye Corner Audio, Sun Ra, Seatman and Powell (Featuring Belbury Poly) Sproatly Smith, Soundhog, Talk Talk, Andy Quin and loads more.
So if you fancy a listen, bimble over to mixcloud. I am going to be busy working on the new album and a track for A Year in the Country. So until we all meet again feet up, heads down and until the spring goodbye.