Yorkshire-born sound artist Mark Williamson brings his Spaceship project to vinyl for the first time on Outcrops. Inspired by sandstone rock formations visible outside the town of Todmorden, this record is full of gorgeous, Boards of Canada-esque analogue synths and pulsating, gentle sheets of My Bloody Valentine-style noise.
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Spaceship is but one of the projects brought to us indie record-store types today by Mark Williamson. I was admittedly first drawn to this record by the attractive rendering in warm hues of geological substrata on its front outer sleeve, but I had a few moments at the end of the day to write a few words so here I am. And glad I picked it up I am, for the sounds coming out of the review station headphones are magical analog synth business and a little bit mystical. (No doubt I’m projecting more than a little here, as I’m shortly off to Wales for a well-earned week of rest).
It turns out I’m not the only person in Yorkshire who’s obsessed by rock formations as this Williamson fellow is a resident of Todmorden (it’s a bit more rural and rugged there than in Leeds, of course) and he likes his sandstone formations. For sure, the rocks are big and windswept over on the moors and the synths on 'Outcrops' reflect this sense of grandness, as well as the intricacies and details of the composition and grains within those stones; it’s as if they’re first being observed from high above. Before long we’re zooming deeply into crystalline perspectives.
Beautiful textures. I’m glad our editor twisted my arm (not literally, this time).
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