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- PIPE08_2 / Transparent sea-foam green vinyl repress LP on Clay Pipe Music. Includes booklet + download of the LP and the bonus mini album 'Flotsam'.
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- Music For Smalls Lighthouse by Plinth
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I utterly love the packaging on these Claypipe Records releases. This one comes in a lovely full colour sleeve with booklet complete with stories, illustrations, etc. Frances Castle’s illustrations are just gorgeous (she did the cover portrait on last week’s Music and Migration too) and I think I’d buy the record just to put the sleeve on the wall.
Plinth have been around quite a while without me ever being able to remember what they sound like. Head Plinth man Michael Tanner has played in The A Lords - on Mark Fry's 'I Lived in Trees' - and with Irish improvisers United Bible Studies as well as his own recordings. This record was initially released in limited quantities on Second Language but has been long sold out. It's a soundtrack to the events of Smalls Lighthouse in Pembrokeshire in 1800 which are detailed in the booklet.
The music contains plenty of sea-like atmospheres, water, gulls etc, some tracks consist of wandering plinky piano instrumentals, others of slightly discordant strings. My favourite track ’The Beckoning Arm’ consists of the most beautiful slightly undulating drone, I think played on an organ - it's tremendously effective and immediately makes me think of standing in the rain looking out to sea wondering what on earth goes on under it. The final track ‘Sirens’ is the opposite of a klaxon and is very gentle with sweet piano and subtle string drones. A great record all round.
9/10 Dermot Customer review, 2nd January 2014Music to read books by? Or in this case a rather beautiful long slim volume? It comes with this rather lovingly furnished vinyl artifact from Clay Pipe Music; it's a brand new mastering effort courtesy of Isan's Anthony Ryan. Artwork is by Francis Castle and perfectly sums up the whole release. The book tells the tale of two Thomas's who volunteered to tend this rather rickety lighthouse on stilts for six months in 1800. One of them had an accident which left him stone cold dead. The other slowly went mad with this rather ghastly decaying body keeping him company. Eventually in his efforts to put the body to sea it ended up lashed to the outside of the creaking edifice swaying gruesomely in the wind. The equally rickety sounding music played by one Michael Tanner on ancient things like cymbala,dulcitone, dulcimer,cello,piano etc. You get the picture.....Bolstered by some guests playing piano, viola and the rather lovely voice of Autumn Grieve on one track. The classical themes blend beautifully with the sparingly used field recordings which heightens the atmosphere considerably. Nothing is overplayed; It's like the Residents "Eskimo" all over again only better but relocated to a place called Solva in Wales. You are IN the lighthouse; the wind and sea howling through the precarious ocean treehouse! And not to mention this decaying THING swaying in the wind! If I was to reluctantly label this music I would call it Folk-Classical. More "The Wicker Man" than "Halloween".........and all the better for it! If you want to rediscover the score-with-no-film genre then this will most certainly make you sit up and take notice :)
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