It's not a new sound by now, but new sounds from Richard Skelton still thrill in a pretty peerless way - that reverence & intensity, that lovely groaning physicality, that sense of encompassing care, that evident specialness.
Suddenly there's a lot of new Skelton around, in his own name & several of his many guises (A Broken Consort, Carousell, Clouwbeck, Harlassen, Heidika, Riftmusic, *AR...). Strictly, some of the new compilation *SKURA - a play on obscurity? Swedish for scour or scrub? Maltese for dark? - isn't new. But it's unreleased in any case (excerpts below).
There's also the beguiling & indisputably new Ford (full stream below), marking a re-issue of Marking Time, as well as the Wolf Notes album with Autumn Richardson from the end of last year (again, excerpts below...).
But then there's a lot of old Skelton around suddenly too. The MT re-issue, for one. But a 20-disc complete works? Tuck in to one of the releases of this or any year - though brace yourself for a significant financial commitment (more than suggested here).
The box underscores the heroic scale of Skelton's output. Still reflecting on what it means for there to be so much of this music. But the assumption that it's devalued by quantity is just crass.
Not that he's flawless at every moment of every release, of course (these ears still struggle with Wolf Notes, for example). But like other supreme artists even his rare mis-steps are fascinating & precious.
Better start saving up...