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Train journeys can be inspiring things, and it is this spirit of travel that the Rail Cables label admirably try to harness with their series of 4-way splits. Autumn Selection 2015 has delicate guitar from Orcer, minimal electronica from worriedaboutsatan, and solo projects from members of Gnod (Negra Branca) and Three Trapped Tigers (Adam Betts). What personnel! Each artist has filled a side of vinyl, making for a good and varied slab of music.

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Rail Cables - Autumn Selection 2015 by Adam Betts / worriedaboutsatan / Negra Branca / Orcer
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8/10 Jamie 17 May 2016

Here we have the 4th (and final?) instalment in the Rail Cables series, all containing new music inspired by modern railways. Because, I don’t know about you, but travelling over t’Pennines on a dirty old train always fills me with inspiration, to cry. Mostly. This volume reflects autumn, the season of rich golden colours and mellow fruitfulness. Each musician gets a whole side of a record to fill with their sonic output.

First up it’s the go of Adam Betts. He’s the drummer in Three Trapped Tigers. And, guess what? As well as being a very gifted drummer it turns out he can bang out tunes in an Autechre-ish vein too. ‘The Sunshine Hotel’ skitters like a carriage approaching express speed before giving way to pleasingly melodic keys and ambience, all driven by a warm and propulsive bass pulse. ‘Clatter Breath’ is constructed around Squarepusher-y chopped-up breaks and a kick drum with darker, more ominous textures bubbling in the distance. Best of the lot is third track, ‘Hemerine’. Staccato synth and musical clanking make up a rhythm peppered with cut-up pretty female vocal. Melodic and impressive.

Side two of the vinyl is covered in the sounds of Manchester-based worriedaboutsatan. They usually explore the dark side of electronica, but this piece at a touch under twenty minutes and recorded live in one take, is a pleasantly melodic and bubbling kosmiche-ish pulser with lovely muted hi-hats. It makes me think of Hebden Bridge station.

Marlene Ribeiro of Salford’s finest kraut-psyche-rockers Gnod is next, under her Negra Branca moniker. Here she has constructed a woozy, bassy, softly percussive (almost Gamelan) excursion enticingly woven into her seductive, dreamy vocal. My favourite track so far.

On the fourth and final side now, Orcer (Matty Childs and Darren Millet) have produced the most autumnal and emotive sounds on the album. Their pretty acoustic, melodic meanderings on guitars across their five contributions are more evocative of a late summer’s picnic by a babbling beck than of anything ‘railway’. Central track ‘Sleeper’ is a dream of sultry string plucks. ‘Kindred’ contains brushed drums from Simon Coleman. ‘Wave’ is the blissful sound of leaves falling in the rain against your train as it pulls into its destination.


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