NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MARCH 2022
Nightports w/ Tom Herbert
Published 1 March 2022 by DM

Nightports are back with the third in their series of collaborative albums - Nightports w/ Tom Herbert follows 2018’s Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne and 2020’s Nightports w/ Betamax.

It sees musician-producers Adam Martin and Mark Slater team up with Tom Herbert, who made his name as the bass player in Mercury Music Prize-nominated bands Polar Bear and The Invisible, and has become an in-demand collaborator and session musician, including work with Adele, Lana Del Rey and most recently The Smile.

Nightports and Tom Herbert ably demonstrate the versatility of the double bass. It’s an instrument that rarely gets the main focus in an ensemble, but one of the most striking aspects of the album is the emotional resonance in Herbert’s articulate melodic lines. That is certainly evident on ‘Arcs’, which is out now and accompanied by a sleek black and white video courtesy of Leeds based film makers GOOD BOY!

Nightports w/ Tom Herbert is released on April 29th digitally and in the UK and Europe. The physical release in the rest of the world is June 3rd. Pre-order now on limited edition vinyl LP, limited edition CD and digital via Bandcamp. As with the previous album, the vinyl is packaged in an intricate die-cut sleeve, designed by Split.

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Craven Faults - Lowfold Works box set
Published 4 March 2022 by DM


Lowfold Works have dusted off the presses and reissued those hard to get early Craven Faults EPs as a box set on dark green vinyl. It's limited to an edition of 300 and comes packaged with one of ten giclée photographic prints taken by Craven Faults. These are available exclusively via Bandcamp and Norman Records and will be shipping around the middle of March.

The full set of ten giclée photographic prints are available for one week. These will be printed to order and also shipping around the middle of March.

There's also a chance to snare yourself a limited edition Lowfold Works T-shirt.

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Snapped Ankles - live vault
Published 4 March 2022 by DM

The woodwose have made it to the USA! They'll probably need to get back at some point though, so they're raising money for their trip. They've opened up the live vaults and pulled out a set from Shacklewell Arms in 2015. Ancient history. It will be available on a pay-what-you-want basis.

Snapped Ankles also have some fetching limited edition 'Barbecue In Brazil' attire available for the next week on Everpress. These are produced to order. Step to it.

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Matthew Bourne - Irrealis
Published 29 March 2022 by DM

Matthew Bourne is back, and on Piano Day of all days. How very convenient.

Bourne follows 2017’s Isotach album, and recent collaborations with Keeley Forsyth and Nightports, with a collection of prepared piano pieces. Irrealis was recorded in a single session, each take played as live without any overdubs. Having taught himself the basics of prepared piano by throwing confectionary into his school’s instrument, elements of these experimentations played a key role in Bourne’s early performances. This culminated in an infamous performance piece which saw the explosive musical demolition of an upright piano with a sledgehammer. Far from the staid academic process the discipline is often approached with, Irrealis sees a restless improvisational musician explore the possibilities of his instrument with a box of nuts, bolts and Blu-Tak, and a sense of playfulness and spontaneity.

‘Alice’ is the first track taken from Irrealis, and is accompanied by a video directed by Ross Downes and shot at the famous Besbrode Pianos in Leeds.

Irrealis will be released May 27th worldwide digitally, and physically in the UK and Europe. The physical release for the rest of the world is July 15th. Pre-order the strictly limited black vinyl LP now – just 750 copies for the world and then it’s gone.

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