Tracklist: This Train Is A Rainbow/Half Names/Document One/They Shook Hands For Hours/Of October/He'd Found The Sea/Songs Well Known/Broken/I'm Fond Of Maps/Introductions
Remix CD Tracklist: Half Names (Jasper TX Remix)/Almost Everything There Is To Know (Pausal Remix)/Broken (Northerner Remix)/He'd Found The Sea (The Declining Winter Remix)/This Train Is A Rainbow (Library Tapes Remix)/Introductions (Matthew Collings Remix)/Birthday Celebrations (James Yates Remix)/Of October (Yuri Lugovskoy Remix)/I'm Fond Of Maps (Seaworthy Remix)/Songs Well Known (Machinefabriek Remix)/They Shook Hands For Hours (Glissando Remix)
It is with great pleasure that we announce details of our third release, due in the autumn of 2009 (release date - 2nd November). It comes from Leeds resident, Paul Elam, who records his solo works as Fieldhead. Paul is a full-time member of The Declining Winter and recently contributed a remix to the bonus CD of 'Haunt The Upper Hallways' (HAM002). His remix of 'Cull' is also featured on Northerner's CD 'The Ridings' (HAM001).
‘They Shook Hands For Hours’ is his debut release and takes the minimalist, glitchy, low end rumble of Machinefabriek, Phillip Jeck and The Caretaker but contains arrangements that are concise, structured and almost pop orientated in their brevity. The dusty, grainy textures can be reminiscent of Khonnor’s textbook 2005 album ‘Handwriting’, but in this case the ambient cinematic drones of Stars of the Lid and Labradford replace the ghosts of lo-fi pop. It is no wonder that the artist divulges his number one influence as tape hiss, but in no way should it be taken that this is a minimalist or avant-garde work. The melodicisms are notable from the opening ‘This Train Is A Rainbow’ with its Labradford style guitar twangs through to the echoes of Aphex Twin’s dusty loops on ‘I’m Fond Of Maps’. The warmth of ‘real’ instruments is always audible, particularly violins which swoop and soar in the wide open landscapes of ‘He’d Found The Sea’, recalling Manchester acoustic-electro favourites The Boats.
A limited number of copies will be issued with an accompanying CD of remixes from the likes of Machinefabriek, Jasper TX, Seaworthy, The Declining Winter, Northerner, Library Tapes, Pausal, Glissando, James Yates, Yuri Lugovskoy and Matthew Collings.
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