NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MARCH 2023
Craven Faults - Standers
Published 2 March 2023 by DM


Craven Faults return with their second full-length album, Standers.

It is available to pre-order now.

There’s a sonic shift - a new palette to paint from and further refinement of the craft. We’re no longer exclusively travelling overland. Familiar landscapes are viewed from a different perspective. There’s a growing obsession in how this island came to look the way it does, and how its ancient and modern history affects its current population. Landscapes shaped by the elements, and then by countless conquerors and settlers. Livestock and machinery. Money, religion and politics.

‘Odda Delf’ is the first track to be taken from Standers - 10 minutes of slowly unfolding analogue electronics hewn from the finest Yorkstone, with Cumbrian limestone detailing. The very best materials and workmanship. It’s accompanied by an atmospheric video by Ross Downes and Neil Cain shot on the foggy moors. Naturally.

Initial vinyl copies of Standers will include a 20-page photobook and gatefold sleeve. The album will be released on double black vinyl, an edition of 1,000 on Dark Fell green vinyl (available through independent shops), and an edition of 500 on Black Smoke vinyl available exclusively from Norman Records and Bandcamp. The album will also be released as a three CD box set in an edition of 1,000 (exclusive to Bandcamp and indie shops), including all tracks from Enclosures and Live Works, and as a single CD in 6-panel card wallet.

Standers will be released digitally, and physically in the UK and Europe, on May 12th. The physical release for the rest of the world is June 30th.

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Snapped Ankles - 'Planet You'
Published 7 March 2023 by DM

Snapped Ankles have unleashed ‘Planet You’, the second track to be taken from their Blurt covers EP which will land on April 22nd - AKA Record Store Day. It features all the log synth and drums abuse you’ve come to know and love from the woodwose, and shows their hairy hand where it comes to one of their primary post-punk absurdist influences. It’s accompanied by a post-punk absurdist video pieced together by Rob Daglish.

Blurtations will be pressed on yellow vinyl and packaged in a die-cut sleeve with a postcard that riffs on the artwork of Blurt’s self-titled debut studio album. Limited to just 1,200 copies for the world, it will land in European record shops for RSD 2023 on April 22nd, with a limited release for the rest of the world to follow.

Next week sees Blurt take to the legendary 100 Club stage. Get your tickets now, and you may just recognise the forest folk in the DJ booth come March 14th.

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Nightports - Minster
Published 14 March 2023 by AD

Nightports return with Minster, an immersive electronic work made entirely of recordings of the bells that have rung out over the city of Hull for centuries, and of the clock mechanism that has marked that time.

The new work will be performed at Hull Minster this coming Friday, March 17th, as part of The Awakening, the prelude to this year’s Hull Freedom Festival. With live spatialisation across 24 speakers set up around the magnificent 14th century church, this music delves deep into the resonances of the space and plays with the rich acoustics of the building. There will be four performances, at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm - all free to attend.

Recordings of the work, undertaken at the Minster in August 2022, will be released as an album, available on all digital services on April 7th. The track ’Trinity’ (after the Minster’s previous and longstanding incarnation as Holy Trinity Church, the name by which it was known until 2017) is released today on Bandcamp.

Nightports is based on a simple rule of restriction: only sounds captured for a particular project can be used. Nothing else – no samples or synths or drum machines – though the sounds captured can be stretched, cut, morphed and twisted, ordered and reordered. All of the sounds of this performance come from Hull Minster. It is music in and of this special place.

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