Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FERN FLOOR - Elder - FEF10 - SOLD OUT


Fern Floor were formed in 2011 and feature members of Wreck of the Hesperus, Sodb, United Bible Studies, Council of Tanith and Last Word Spoken. To date they've kept a low profile and have played only a handful of gigs, but this debut mini-album is a testament to countless rehearsal hours honing subtly complex songs.

The band's mostly acoustic, pastoral style recalls the progressive folk of the 60s and 70s, but is devoid of any revivalist intent or nostalgic gimmickry. Instead, "Elder" contains six memorably melodic, dynamically arranged tracks - two from each of band's three principal songwriters, Andrew Cunningham, Emer Brady and Andrew Fox - with sensitive and inventive playing from piper Ian Lynch, bassist Fergal O'Reilly and drummer Ray Keenaghan.

Prepare to have these songs take up residency in your brain, and to wonder how you did without them. 

Intricate cover art comes courtesy of Jane Lives - you'll need to pore over the included mini-poster to appreciate all the detail! Numbered edition of 100. Includes download code.

1/1. Anchors  (5.04)    1/2. Anneleis   (5.54)        1/3. Let Lie  (4.30)  
2/1. Cartoon Moon   (2.58)       2/2. Tightrope   (4.04) 
2/3. Head of Gas, Heart of Oil   (7.30)

1/1, 2/1 - AC/FF  1/2, 2/2 - AF/FF  1/3, 2/3 - EB/FF

Andrew Cunningham - Vocals/Guitar/Ukulele
Emer Brady - Vocals/Piano/Organ/Guitar/Glockenspiele
Andrew Fox - Vocals/Guitar
Ray Keenaghan - Drums
Fergal O'Reilly - Bass
Ian Lynch - Whistles/Uileann Pipes/Harpski

Recorded by Shay Leon at Shay's Studios, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Mastered by Richard Dowling at WAV Mastering

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RICHARD MOULT - Rodorlihtung - FEF9 - SOLD OUT


Richard Moult is an English composer, artist and poet currently living in remote northern Scotland. His solo work includes two albums for the Second Language label, "Celestial King for a Year" and the recently released "Yclypt". FEF followers may also know him as a member of United Bible Studies and from his appearance on the Raising Holy Sparks debut. 

"Rodorlihtung" is a three-part piano-based suite tracing a journey from the East Sussex coast, to the mountains of Wester Ross, North Scotland, and finally arriving under the starry skies of the Hebridean Isles (the title itself being an obscure Old English word meaning 'the brightness of the starry skies').
  
Each movement is longer and more brooding than the last, culminating in the self-styled "classical doom" of the side-long third part, which was recorded in an East Sussex church during sessions for the "Ethe" album, and ends with the eerie barking of a fox. The mood of this meditative and engrossing album is perfectly encapsulated by the artist's cover painting.


Richard Moult: piano, keyboards, field recordings
Michael Tanner: bowed guitar on parts 1 & 3

Composed, arranged and mixed by Richard Moult. Piano recorded by Michael Lawrence in St Leonards Parish Church, East Sussex, England. Further instrumentation recorded by Richard Moult on the shores of Loch Snizort, Scotland, Spring 2012. Mastered by Rudi Arapahoe at Purgatory Mastering. 

This album is dedicated to Amanda Mowat