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Two New Ltd Edition Releases by Haress & Reigns on Wrong Speed Records


(300 Copies, each with Flexi Disc exclusive to this pressing). This is the second Haress album, a five piece from Shropshire. They channel the sounds of Fairport Convention, Lungfish, Papa M, Earth, Robert Wyatt, John Fahey, and Talk Talk. Taking influence and making it their own. The first vinyl press comes with a bonus flexi disc telling the story of the week the band spent recording the album, the weirdness, the positively supernatural happenings.On this album the core duo of Elizabeth Still and David Hand are joined by David Smyth (Mind Mountain, Kling Klang) on drums, Chris Summerlin (Hey Colossus, Kogumaza) on guitar, Thomas House (Sweet Williams, Charlottefield) on vocals and Nathan Bell (Lungfish, Human Bell) on trumpet. In early 2020 the group travelled to a disused water mill in North Wales for a week to record with engineer Phil Booth (JT Soar) and his mobile studio. The stories of what occurred are told on the flexi disc that accompanies the LP but the group’s plans for a relaxing break in the country were scuppered by events that were either highly unusual, or positively supernatural (depending on your own beliefs in such things). Well-made plans were abandoned and the recording was forced to develop according to the location it was being made in. Chance and accident were welcomed as a collaborator rather than a saboteur and the group exited the sessions extremely freaked-out but with the makings of an album.Ghosts is an incredible piece of work and posits Haress on their own when it comes to developing new approaches to traditional musical forms. The music contains many moments of immediate joy - the relative pop of House’s vocals on White Over, the wild horns of I Think I Think, the rush of warmth as Time To Drink morphs into focus. But it also stretches the sound Haress have carefully developed almost to breaking point with sections of music that feel like somebody - something - else is steering the ship. The 2 final songs – Litres Into Metres and Sussurus – are joined together by a collage of site-specific sound. It was decided to add the output from a detuned long wave radio to this section on the final night of recording. Static hissed from the device but as soon as the record light illuminated, a rich male baritone voice sang loud and clear from the radio, taking a solo right where it was needed and then disappearing into space forever like the Ghosts of the title.


TRACKLISTING:

1. White Over

2. Time To Drink

3. Rites Of Spring

4. Interlude

5. I Think, I Think

6. Litres Into Metres / Susurrus

7. Ghost Story (bonus track on flexi disc)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSWf6nYD3Zc

Video for 'Litres Into Metres / Susurrus'

 

(150 copies only) Electronic-Folk-Explorations FFO Ghost Box Recordings, John Carpenter Soundtracks, Caretaker, Wicker Man, and deep diving into the mysteries of this hellish Isle. Album number six from the Wessex based duo. Edith Tollinghurst was an English commercial artist who worked extensively throughout the 1950s and 1960s. She was famous for her stylised portrayals of family life, and her work was frequently featured in lifestyle magazines of the day. Her work is perhaps best exemplified by her illustrations for the 1957 Woman’s Weekly’s feature “How To Host The Perfect Dinner Party”; an article that was reprinted without variation for eight successive years. From 1964 until her death in 1970, she designed and illustrated what is now known as the Tollinghurst Tarot. It is said that she toiled day and night on the deck, painstakingly and repeatedly reworking the illustrations. When it was complete, just a handful of readings were ever given, but the surviving sitters all attest to the otherworldly beauty of the cards and to the staggering complexity of the layouts. These same accounts also maintain that her prophecies were, without fail, 100% accurate. On the 18th of November 1970, Edith - in a move possibly prompted by a sharp decline in her own fortunes - used the cards to foretell her own future. The prognosis was bleak: the deck foresaw her violent end before the day’s close. Edith, in a bid to thwart the cards, set about burning her life’s work. However, the resulting fire engulfed both the house and its mistress, simultaneously upholding the deck’s flawless track record. ‘TOLLINGHURST’ outlines our speculations as to the nature and substance of those destroyed cards.


TRACKLISTING:

1. The Conjuror

2.The Mountebank

3. Dead Driver

4. The Dreamer Under The Snow

5. The Hoarder

6. The Debutante

7. The Night Watchman

8. The Queen In Yellow


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C6ThxV9v2U

Video for 'The Hoarder'

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