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Friday, 10 July 2009

Glyph or sigil



Difficult not to get clumsily hushed & reverential in approaching the music of Richard Skelton. Under his own name & in a host of guises that include A Broken Consort, Carousell, Clouwbeck, Harlassen, Heidika & Riftmusic, he's making music of such emotional intensity & profound beauty that sombre genuflection can seem the only appropriate response.

It isn't, obviously enough. Much of this music's resonance comes from its plasticity - its slow, creaking weight, its acoustic pings & rattles, the groans of its bowed strings, its imperfect perfection. Engagingly, it repeatedly tells you how human, how literally hand-made it is.

So too does its exquisite packaging (using & commemorating his late wife Louise's artwork): "The idea is to create something resembling a glyph or sigil that encapsulates each release". His deep connection with locality & histories - underlined by the 'Landings Diary' & album - reinforces the point.


Excellent interview with Richard by mapsadaisical here (predictably insightful reviews here & here). Many thanks to Richard & Josh at Tompkins Square for permissions.


A Broken Consort > An Elder Lie (from Box of Birch, Tompkins Square [re-issue])

Extracts (from A Broken Consort > Mountain Ash (from Crow Autumn Part Two/Carousell > Artery (from Black Crow & Other Songs), both Sustain-Release)


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3 comments:

Hector Savage said...

You might be my new favorite blog

Peter said...

hey LMYE,
love your stuff, great great curation. check out sundayisforsounds.com, i post a good amount of stuff i doubt you'll dig but we've got some common causes for sure. if you dig please link,
best,
peter

JL said...

Hector/Peter, many thanks for your generous comments! Despite the pathetically slow response, your feedback is much appreciated (& we're glad to link up with SifS)...

Best,

Julian / LMYE

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