This 12” split sees the combined talents of acoustic/experimental musician Fraser McGowan aka Caught In The Wake Forever and folk duo Katie English & Jonathan Lees (The Sly and Unseen). This LP captures the former’s reflective and melancholic songs and the latter’s understated extroversion; the result is a captivating collection of fragile and dense soundscapes showcasing their respective deft musical abilities.
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- Split by Caught In The Wake Forever / The Sly and Unseen
8/10 Ian Staff review, 15 October 2014
Rural Colours release this magical split from twinkly folk bods The Sly And The Unseen and pastoral minimalist Caught In The Wake Forever. First off we have Katie and Jonathan with their wistful brand of acoustic experimentation fusing various organic instruments like harmonium, guitar, steel drum etc. With splashes of field recordings and found sound, it all makes for a lovely tranquil sound giving the impression that you’re living some kind of self sufficient life on a rural farm on some remote island with only sheep and trees for company.
Over on the other side of the wax is Fraser McGowan in his Caught In The Wake Forever guise treating us to the sort of minimal sploshes of gorgeous noise that he’s so good at. Amazingly this was recorded on only a four-track cassette and these five tracks are of varying electro-acoustic ambience and the odd folky lament. ‘The Passing’ sounds just like the classic slowcore of Low or Codeine and then there are moments of ghostly wobbly guitar not unlike ambient post-rock legends Labradford.
The two acts here compliment each other really well with a real emphasis on no frills songwriting and soundscaping. Lovely screen printed sleeve too. Very limited.
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