The Black Meadow Archive Volume 1

The Black Meadow

“Some artists create a distinctive sound, others magic up an accompanying persona and backstory. Kev Oyston and Chris Lambert have gone one further: their Black Meadow project has seized control of an area of the North York Moors and used it as the backdrop for a deliberately confusing, unsettling multimedia mix of disturbing folklore and Cold War paranoia.
“…the story is set out in the shadow of an early warning ballistic missile station at RAF Fylingdales where a mysterious village, trapped in a pre-industrialised web of sinister superstition, appears sporadically from the mist. “The Village Under The Lake” is a sweeping orchestral overture with banks of synthetic, otherworldly choirs, impressively echoing the cinema work of John Williams. Meanwhile, “Ghost Planes” reverts to haunted type with the crackle of analog MOD communications and the rumble of discontented synths soundtracking investigations into a mysterious aircraft seemingly spiralling backwards through time. “Song Of The Meadow Bird” is a disquieting pastoral delight, all ersatz harpsichords and flutes, the half forgotten theme to some spooky 1970s BBC children’s drama.”

Bob Fischer, Electronic Sound Issue 61, January 2020

Release date 31.01.2020. Available for pre-order here

TEESSIDE MUSIC SCENE DIAGRAM by Kingsley Chapman

Smaller+version

A limited first edition print (one of fifty) on paper (210gsm) – available in A3 or A2 size – of Chapman’s 2018 massively detailed diagram of the Teesside music scene in which he tried to link every band and musician he could by the members they shared.

What started out as a small personal project born out of love for the local music scene quickly became a huge regional investigation driven by an incredible amount of online suggestions from musicians and fans. The result is a diagram that will never truly be complete or reliably accurate but is impressive never the less.

First displayed at the Stockton Calling festival in 2018 at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees, this version has been photographed for Trashterpiece by Nick Wesson.

Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. Packaged in a postal tube, signed for 1st Class.

Details Here

Cursus by Cursus

This wonderful album by Chris Whitehead is my favourite album of 2019 so far. It has been released by TQ Zine.

You can get the download by ordering the latest copy of TQ or you can buy the album directly from the TQ Bandcamp page. Any income is being donated to TQN-aut by the artist to help fund other releases by artists who need financial support to do so

Noisy Daughters

I’m much enjoying this.

Featuring some of the North of England finest female talent, the noisy daughters compilation has 9 acts that cross boundaries and genres but all have one thing in common – amazing music!

Buy it here

Project Lono

 

Project Lono is a collaborative experiment between electronic musician S.J. Forth and poet Bob Beagrie, who are exploring the integration of the spoken word with original music and soundscapes.