There is a new release blossoming from the fields of Jozik, a label based in Helsinki. It will be a split cassette with Waterflower, a young Latvian mixed-media artist who I have played with under the guise of Wildersea in the past (and future). This is her first physical release and definitely not her last. Keep your eyes peeled for a release date, it will be around March time.
The Lost Harbours side of the cassette was inspired by a short hike in the wilds of Latvia along the banks of Engure Ezers, a lagoon close to the Gulf of Riga coastline. This movement through natures fed a plethora of new material which was built from processed field recordings and found sounds, acoustic drones, vocalisations and sparse guitar. Here is an excerpt:
In a Chapel in South London gathered folk from far and near in celebration of Alan Lomax's Centenary. Wooden chairs on stone floor, faded murals, broken stained glass windows, whose elegance still remained despite the wind whistling through their cracks, were our surroundings.
Our slot was bifurcated, the first part being with Justin Hopper who read poetry over a semi-improvised sound backdrop created by ourselves, we then moved onto a small selection of songs from the last two albums, plus a cover of Idumea with Diana Collier on vocals and a new, as yet untitled, song. Being January the Chapel was freezing, despite there being heaters directed inwards, my hands were frozen after playing, but tea was readily available to defrost the joints.
It was great to see such a selection of British folk artists under one roof and rarely did the line-up disappoint with my highlights being a reformed Owl Service, the guitar primitivism of Long Pike Hollow, Sharron Kraus and Nancy Wallace, and a meditative drone performance from Plinth.
50 gigs, two UK tours, a number of shows around Eastern Europe, the Leigh Folk Festival, our first vinyl release and the release of our second full-length album 'Into the Failing Light' are just a few of the great things that have occurred this last year. It has been an action packed year full of great people; we are very thankful for everyone's help and all the new experiences. Over the summer, during my sojourn in Latvia, I wrote and recorded two new EPs of material which will be seeing the light of day in 2015 - more news on that to follow. This winter we'll hopefully be heading to the studio to work on the next full length and a new set of material.
Below you'll find some of my favourite photos from our last trip around the UK.
Congratulations to Emma for passing her Grade 8 Music Theory.