Folklore Tapes Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Folklore Tapes here launch a series called Industrial Folklore Tapes, recognising that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Hannah Leighton-Boyce actually used some antique tools (sourced from a museum) in the creation of Instruments Of Industry, building up rich patterns of resonant metal ringing. The B-side is an audio catalogue of the tools. 10” vinyl release.
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Folklore Tapes have a new series named Industrial Folklore Tapes, which engages with the fact that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Fred Helliwell’s Springs is one half document of the sonic life of a spring workshop and one half composition for vibrating springs. And each of the 250 copies of this 10” record comes with an actual pressed spring!
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Really interesting looking release this. Mark Stark is an artist whose work focusses on the relationship between filmmaking and textiles. This release is made of recordings of several of her lives performances in which she sings work songs, makes recordings of equipment, and uses optical sound to make noise out of stitch patterns.
Those folklore-iest of folk at Folklore Tapes now introduce us to The Folklore of Plants Vol.1. 31 artists on this record, who have researched, documented and recorded one track apiece for the project. Unsurprisingly, they are concerned here with the history of plant-life and their individual places within folklore. That's quite a few plants covered, including some of my favourites: Oak, Sage, Lavender, Valerian... Perhaps yours are there too? Includes 40-page illustrated pamphlet on herbal medicine, folklore booklet, envelope of seeds, free download codes for the music and 16mm film. Wow! Botanical hauntology.
Mythological imprint Folklore Tapes continue their run of weird and beautiful releases based on indecipherable rhetoric, this one combining label post-grad Ian Humberstone and David Chatton Barker. This one was recorded at the Great Circle of Stanton Drew, a stone circle with particular connections to certain objects of the sky. The duo do such abstract folk things as one can expect from the label, as well as reciting poems, droning on music boxes and processing the pastoral. Get outside.
Guitarist Dean McPhee harnesses the sonics of the rich Devonshire folk traditions for an album of beguiling soundscapes. At turns eerie and beautiful, the record cycles through drone, music-box twinkling and of course a good deal of guitar twanging. Another useful release from the archive/revival movement-masquerading-as-record-label that is Folklore Tapes
Folklore Tapes present a set of intriguing recordings based on the traditional English folklore of the Black Dog… Spoken spooky stories are mixed with uncanny sonic compositions for a deeply atmospheric work. This remarkable set consists of the LP, plus a DVD, a full-length booklet, posters and postcards… All in a fine embossed box. Limited to 500 copies.
Rituals & Practices is part of Folklore Tapes’ ‘Calendar Customs’ series, a set of hauntological spook-folk explorations of ritualistic olden times. Magpahi and Paper Dollhouse’s contributions were first issued on cassette in 2012, and have been remastered. Released as a double 10” vinyl set with a booklet of liner notes and photographs
Sam McLoughlin and David A Jaycock collaborated back in 2012 on this musical project about waterways in Devon. Devon Folklore Tapes Vol. III - Inland Water was first out as a cassette, but has now been promoted to double 10” vinyl. Delicate, beautiful, and also quietly unsettling. 500 hand-stamped copies packed along with a research booklet.
Sam McLoughlin, Rob St John and David Chatton Barker have collaborated on this multi-media project about Lancashire. Folklore Tapes Vol. III is presented as a flexi-disc audiobook and a short DVD with a pamphlet, all centered around a kind of alleyway. 250 copies only of this remarkable package from Folklore Tapes.
This surely is the full package, and exactly what you want from a reissue. Originally released in 2012, Devon Folklore Tapes Volume II - Graves is a collaboration between Anworth Kirk and David Orphan. Together they delve into two mysterious tales from Dartmoor; that of Kitty Jay and Richard Cabell, both of whom are buried in Devon. It is around their burial sites that Kirk and Orphan took field recordings which form the foundation of the record. Built around these are often mysterious layers of sound which tell the tales of these two mysterious figure of Devon folklore.
This reissue brings a remastered version of the album, put onto two 10” vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve. It comes with two new recordings, a new introduction, research notes and artwork. In an edition of 500, hand-stamped and numbered copies. Includes download code.
Ian Humberstone / David Chatton Barker
There couldn't be a better label for Two Witches than Folklore Tapes. A collaboration between folk collage artists Ian Humberstone and David Chatton Barker, this record aims to tie together the mythology and strange terrestrial magic of a long-since aged Britain. Their collaboration attempts to tell the story of and characterise two figures of British lore, Mariann Voaden and Hannah Henley.
Creepy spin-chillers from Folklore Tapes on their new release Fore Hallowe'en. This is a continuation into the Folklore Tapes label's search for various roots music from around the UK, this time with sinister undertones. Utilising a great mixture of acoustic and electronics, Fore Hallowe'en features unsettling songs and titles such as 'The Summons of Death" and "Lullaby for Nosferatu" from various artists. Out on cassette tape, limited to 200.