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I think it's fair to say that it's going to take something spectacularly bizarre for this this not to be the most unusual single I'll be hearing this week. I recommend you take a look at the press release for the complete story behind it. Basically, though, there are 12 30-second tracks on here which feature field recordings from a dozen different stations around the UK, accompanied by short music ...

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Ltd 7" on Folklore Tapes in screen printed, hand-stamped and numbered sleeve inc. 8 page booklet and ‘train ticket’ download card in envelope. Edition of 200 copies.

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Twelve Stations by David Chatton Barker
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 15 May 2014
I think it's fair to say that it's going to take something spectacularly bizarre for this this not to be the most unusual single I'll be hearing this week. I recommend you take a look at the press release for the complete story behind it. Basically, though, there are 12 30-second tracks on here which feature field recordings from a dozen different stations around the UK, accompanied by short musical vignettes inspired by each journey and performed by the City of Exeter Railway Brass Band. The scores, along with a 30-second photo taken at each station, come in a booklet with the 7" along with a cute little download card that looks like a train ticket.  
To be honest, having heard the concept I was expecting something quite difficult but this is a really strange and beautiful record. The influence of Philip Glass's 'Koyaanisqatsi' and Steve Reich's 'Different Trains' mentioned in the press release is very clear throughout in the repetitive polyrhythms and simple melodies. The overall effect is kind of sadly uplifting, with a lot of parallels to travelling in some ways.   Like a series of fleeting interactions that are cut short as quickly as they've begun. It's almost like a super-condensed take on Johann Johannsson's 'Miners' Hymns' at times, particularly in the rousing penultimate track 'London Euston'. I like it a lot, it's an ambitious and mysterious treat.

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