Performed on homemade instruments and found objects, and a small selection of analogue synths, Sam McLoughlin crafts incredibly sweet soft percussive jazz, that brings you into his personal space and dreamlike state. If you love you lofi near minimal percussive jazz such as Charles Hayward, Crackle and Slowfoot Records this is for you.
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- Rural Colours 078
- Rural Colours 078 / Limited edition 3" CDr EP on Rural Colours with handmade lino-print artwork
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- The Dawn Trance by Sam A McLoughlin
9/10 Jamie Staff review, 01 March 2017
Straight outta Todmorden via Halifax (post-textile industry West Yorkshire represent!), the eternally lovely people at Rural Colours are here to remind us about their ability to engage enchantingly, once more. This prod comes in the form of Sam A McLoughlin and his brand spanking new EP on 3” CDr. Then just look at the front cover: there's the distinctive lino-cut design by Katie English which she carefully printed by hand.
Essentially one gently unspooling long-form piece, The Dawn Trance -- giveaway title alert -- drifts along dreamily for 20-plus minutes of whispy, floating drones, bells and barely-there percussion. Sam began the recordings from the unusually attractive aspect of Formby beach, Merseyside -- A National Trust park bounded by very cold sea and enclosed by wide expanses of sandy dunes, at sunrise. The instruments he collected and hand-fashioned for this release offer softly tapped hand-drums and whisperings of harmonium. The effects are sure to bring peace to the most meandering and preoccupied of thoughts.
At times reminiscent of Charles Hayward’s ear for explorative percussion and tape experiments with This Heat. And it’s absolutely bloody beautiful.
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