Prah Recordings is a new label set up by Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi.
Renowned cellist Coates straddles the worlds of classical and contemporary music. He has collaborations under his belt from the likes of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, DOOM and Massive Attack - and likewise he has performed concerto performances around the world notably with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia.
Towards the blessed islands (the title taken from a poem by Norman MacCaig) is Coates debut album and devotes itself to rich sounds and clear harmonies which develop slowly over time. The cello is tuned or strung differently, or thrown into an unusual playing method on every track. "Think Sonic Youth and their guitars" says Coates.
The album was recorded in churches, tombs, disused oil rigs and field recordings were made in railway stations at night.
Also there's covers of Squarepusher classic Tommib Help Buss as well as a beautiful restyling of Roy Harper's Another Day.
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