Cotswold Stone by Pulselovers

This looks a bit lovely. Despite coming from horrible old Doncaster, Pulselovers are in love not only with pulses but with the English countryside. This album celebrates the bucolic beauty found once you get away from the built up stuff by way of haunting electronica that references BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Boards of Canada. They also use woodwind to help with that pastoral feel.

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Cotswold Stone by Pulselovers
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8/10 Will 18 October 2019

Pulselovers have just released an album called 'Cotswold Stone'. It's a quiet and mellifluous exploration of that thrilling intersection between the pastoral and the dystopic. Now, I grew up just outside the Cotswolds and any trip into the countryside would be accompanied by the sight of Cotswold stone. In some villages lots of the houses have been built using it and the fields are bordered by burnt yellow drystone walls; that gorgeous honeyed colour instantly reminds me of home. This album made me nostalgic and a bit wistful. I had reveries of gambolling through fields and vaulting drystone walls. However, I don't think this is necessarily because I'm familiar with the Cotswolds. I think everyone feels nostalgic when listening to the warm thump of an analogue synthesizer, the tick and click of a beat-up drum machine, and the haunted atmospheres you find on the Radiophonic Workshop records. 'Cotswold Stone' is imbibed with a slightly uncomfortable, uncanny familiarity.

Opening track 'Cleeve Hill' is like if Mort Garson ripped off Kraftwerk's 'Autobahn', all driving rhythms and wide-eyed melodies. I love the detuned keyboard line which adds to the general feel of this record being slightly frayed around the edges. There are eerie textures like the plastic industrial percussion sounds during 'In The Marsh' but these are tempered by music-box melodies, such as in 'On The Heath' and the way each piece has a way of slowly unfurling to reveal itself. 

'Cotswold Stone' is a melding of the digital and the organic, it's a drum machine leading a reel, and a synthesizer playing a church bell melody. 


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