The title track, a driven, layered and atmospheric song with spectral, intricate guitars – sits alongside two more ambient, immersive tracks and features vintage drum-machines, acoustic drums recorded in a Victorian rectory and an array of acclaimed musicians.
Abrasive Treesis the solo project of Scottish-born guitarist and singer Matthew Rochford. About the release he said:
“These songs are a bit dark, but there’s also a positive energy behind them. In essence they are about the importance of staying compassionate – whatever the circumstances. The title track is actually about witnessing suffering and finding a way to be empowered to do something meaningful in the face of sorrow. There is so much intensity in this world and it can get a bit overwhelming can’t it? I wrote and recorded these three songs amidst loss so there’s heartbreak, but also something hopeful and spiritual that I hope will connect with how others might be feeling right now.
“Creating music is simultaneously a release for me and an offering to those who feel that ‘just coping’ is a good day. I think being a musician you learn the value of being in the moment and expressing what needs to be expressed. During this strange time, it’s especially important to me to stay present in a positive way and this single is part of that.”
Matthew is a former member of Jo-Beth Young’s live and studio bands for RISE and Talitha Rise as well as being in the post-punk bands Council of Giants, The Impossible Moon and a recent Rothko collaborator.
The production features an line-up of collaborators including Jo Beth Young (RISE/Talitha Rise), Steven Hill (Evi Vine), Mark Parsons (Eat Lights Become Lights) and Matthew’s brother, Sebastian (Polar Bear/Pulled By Magnets). The single was mixed and mastered by Mark Beazley (Rothko/The Band Of Holy Joy).
All three tracks are available on limited-edition cassette or CD or download from their bandcamp page on Friday 4th September as well as streaming via all the usual platforms. A video to accompany the release (by visual artist Jess Wooler) will premier on the day prior to release.
Bio: Abrasive Trees is the creative vehicle for the music of Matthew Rochford.
Matthew was born in Aberdeen to Anglo-Indian/Anglo-Irish parents and has been playing guitar since he was a child. He’s a former member of Jo-Beth Young’s live and studio bands for RISE and Talitha Rise as well as being in the post-punk bands Council of Giants and The Impossible Moon. This year he has been recording for Mark Beazley’s Rothko and Jo Beth Young.
The approach is experimental and immersive and the sound could be described as spectral, layered and brooding with intricate, drone-drenched guitars. The overall energy owes as much to post-punk as it does to ambient psychedelia, grunge or post-rock.
Strings, dulcimers, guitars that sound like old synths or sitars, voices in the distance and stories that take you somewhere. Esoteric bass, analogue drum machines and acoustic drums recorded in a Victorian house all help to forge the sound.
As well as writing the music, lyrics and producing, Matthew also sings, plays guitars, dulcimer, Ebow and programmes the analogue drum machine.
The debut single and video is scheduled for release September 2020 via Wise Queen Records with an album following in 2021.
An array of accomplished collaborators have contributed to the project so far, both live and in the studio:
Nadia Abdelaziz – Voice, Dulcimer
Ffion Atkinson (Johnny Powell and The Seasonal Beasts) – Voice
Mark Beazley (Rothko/Band of Holy Joy) – Electric Bass
Laurence Collyer (Diamond Family Archive) – Shruti Box, Steel Guitar
Steven Hill (Evi Vine) – Guitars
Jay Newton (Quiet Quiet Band) – Keys
Mark Parsons (Eat Lights Become Lights) – Electric Bass
Ben Roberts (Evi Vine) – Cello
Seb Rochford (Polar Bear/Pulled By Magnets) – Drums
Peter Yates (Fields of The Nephilim) – Guitars
Jo-Beth Young (Talitha Rise/RISE/Yates & Young) – Voice, Guitars, Percussion, Tibetan Bowl, Recorder
Appearing on this single:
Steven Hill – Guitars
Mark Parsons – Electric Bass
Matthew Rochford – Vocals, Guitars, Drum Machine
Sebastian Rochford – Drums
Jo-Beth Young – Additional Voice
Written and Produced by Matthew Rochford
Mixed and Mastered by Mark Beazley
Released by Wise Queen Records/Shapta
‘Big Gold Dream is a 2015 film documenting the story of Scotland’s post-punk scene, focusing on record labels Fast Product and Postcard Records. Directed by filmmaker Grant McPhee, the film’s name is taken from the 1981 Fire Engines single of the same name, the final release on the Pop Aural label. The film won the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience Award.
This album is a ‘best of’ encompassing the wide range of musical styles in the world of Johnny Britton, from his singles ‘The One That Got Away’ and ‘Perpetual Emotion’, to rare acoustic Latin, Cool Bop and Swing, Punk and Classic Rock. Many of these tracks are now heard for the very first time.
released November 23, 2018
Johnny Britton: vocals, guitars
Chris Bostock: spanish guitar, bass
Sean McLusky: drums, percussion
Rob Marche: electric guitar
DC Collard: keyboards, bass, trumpet
Charlie Llewellin: drums
Peter Hall may not be a familiar name to most of you but hopefully that will soon change, as he is an incredibly talented musician, that is just waiting to be discovered. Some may recognize the name as the person behind the wonderful band Play People who first recorded two EP’s on the brilliant This Almighty Pop! label run by a person with impeccable taste, Stephen Maughan (of Bulldozer Crash, Kosmonaut and The Memory Fades) and a 7” single on another highly regarded label Cloudberry Records (run by Roque Ruiz, who is one of the most knowledgeable people in the indie pop world). So already with a pedigree like that, you know it is going to be excellent and we are immensely proud to have it as a Beautiful Music release.
This EP combines beautiful melodies with intelligent lyrics, and will bring to mind bands like Aztec Camera, The Lilac Time, Elliot Smith, Delta, Captain Soul, January, Paul Weller, and Nick Heyward’s recent release “Woodland Echoes” and probably several other Scottish Pop bands and maybe even with a hint of mod thrown in as an influence.
Janglepophub mentions a few more, if you are looking for possible similarities: “the two stripped back tracks of Hold Me and She Fell From The Sky, visit Tame Impala / De Marco style semi chill jangle and piano-less Nick Batterham guitar strums respectively, whilst maintaining definitive originality by adding the sort of smooth, rounded production, that just about slides into sophisti-pop territory.” “However, it is when his music ventures into mid-tempo and increases the ‘surroundsound’, that the EP really reaches it’s heights. Blood Flow and Everything is Fading Fast (both below) are able to take their place alongside modern guitar pop luminaries like Dropkick, The Boy With Perpetual Nervousness … as volumes of melodic intent bubble to the surface with a lack of intensity that borders on ‘summer perfect’.”
And to quote When You Motor Away: “We are not particularly familiar with UK artist Peter Hall, but the four tracks on “There’s Something Wrong With Everyone” have made fans of us. This is intimate, carefully crafted and richly melodic indie pop that has lifted our spirits today. We suggest it may well do the same for you. There may be something wrong with everyone, but there is nothing wrong about this EP.”
Give Peter Hall a listen, and you will be richly rewarded. As a bonus, we even threw in an extra hidden track as a surprise, but you will need to get a copy of the EP to discover that :).
“Peter Hall – There’s Something Wrong With Everyone” is available as a CD (Beauty 048) directly from The Beautiful Music’s secure, PayPal-enabled ordering portal at www.thebeautifulmusic.comand a few select online distributers. Digital release also available on Peter Hall’s Bandcamp page.
A collection of 20 songs spanning 40 years in music, in various bands and solo. For details, please seethe booklet that comes with this album.
Guitars A Go Go Debut with “Travel Advisory”
Improvisational Duo Teams Up for a Collection of Sprawling Soundscapes
and Pocket-Sized Electronica Collages Waxed in Live-in-Studio Performances
and Remote Collaborations During the Covid-19 Quarantine
Hudson Valley, NY, June 5, 2020 — Guitars A Go Go, the edge-pushing improvisational partnership of two acclaimed Hudson Valley-based guitarists, Rick Warren and Sal Cataldi (aka Spaghetti Eastern Music), today releases their first full-length album, Travel Advisory (Bad Egg Records 60066), exclusively on Bandcamp (guitarsagogo.bandcamp.com).
Armed with a plethora of effects pedals and a quest for meditative and melodic adventures spanning a galaxy of musical attitudes, they have been performing at leading concert venues and art galleries since early 2019 as a duo, and, on occasion, in a quartet abetted by bassist/composer Mark Steven Brooks and percussionist Pete Tenerowicz.
With Travel Advisory, Guitars A Go Go swing for the fences, with nine tracks reflecting their left-leaning influences. The duo conjures everything from the contemplative soundscapes of Fripp and Eno and wandering proto-electronica of Krautrockers like Tangerine Dream and Faust to genre-defining experimental/avant of six-stringers like Derek Bailey, Glenn Branca, Sonny Sharrock, David Torn and Bill Orcutt to electronic classicists like Morton Subotnik and Pauline Oliveros.
The heart of Travel Advisory is a quartet of live-in-studio duets recorded just as the Covid-19 quarantine took hold. They are layered, looped dreamscapes that journey through an abundance of moods, from meditatively peaceful soundscapes to textured noise and dissonance, ranging in length from 10 to 19-plus minutes – all recorded without overdubs. Five more tracks were later produced in remote collaboration, with Cataldi adding guitars, synths and effects at his studio in West Saugerties to solo pieces performed by Warren at his in Hudson, N.Y.
Recommended Listening Suggestions:
· The Volcano Lovers: Nearly 13 minutes of peaceful vibe music, setting the hypnotic template/mission of the Guitars A Go Go project. Loops and layers create an ambient bed that floats, setting the stage for a quietly unfolding back-and-forth relay of melodic improvisations by each guitarist. This trance-inducing epic was released as a single in March 2020.
· Jig for Europa: With a foundation on a modal jig figure that morphs into a blues performed by Warren on heavily processed acoustic 12-string, it is dressed in strings, electronic blurbs and backwards guitars by Cataldi, producing a blues that is equal parts old skool Delta and Deep Space.
· DeKooning Was a Crooner: The final and, at 19:57, longest live-in-studio improvisation. Jazz chordal voicings from Cataldi lead into the inside-out improvisations from Warren, before taking a long meander through a series of ambient chapters, light and dark. The piece culminates in a final section of spiraling layered loops and sonic wail, recalling the 100 guitar orchestras of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca.
· Smash Hits: A trip into a backwards world, with a fist punch and echo treated acoustic of Warren’s setting the beat/pulse for electronic dressings by Cataldi, and his melodic acoustic melody.
For gearheads, here’s a list of some of the effects used by the duo on this album: EHX Soul Food, Chase Bliss Gravitas Tremolo and Spectre Flanger, Catalinbread Csidman delay, Montreal Assembly Count-to-Five delay/looper, Empress Zoia (multi-effect modular synth pedal), several Line 6 DL4 looper/delays, Ebow guitar sustainers, Boss Heavy Metal Pedal, Morley Fuzz Wah, Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine, Walrus SLO Reverb, TC Viscous Vibe phaser and Boss Super Shifter Pitch Shifter and Tera Echo TE-2.
NYC and Saugerties-based guitarist Sal Cataldi may be best known these days for his style-jumping solo project, Spaghetti Eastern Music. With Spaghetti Eastern, Cataldi fuses hypnotic Eastern beats, blues, jazz and electronica-influenced guitar instrumentals with gentle acoustic vocal tunes and looping straight out of the John Martyn/Nick Drake songbook, a diverse brew featured on his debut disc, Sketches of Spam and his 2020 single, “Her Lemon Peel Raincoat.” Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims he has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “a wild ride” by Radio Woodstock, “beautiful and unique” by WFUV’s Mixed Bag and “a whirling dervish of musical creation” by Hudson Valley One. Cataldi is also creating acclaimed work with The Vapor Vespers, a music-meets-spoken word project with Alaska poet Mark Muro captured on the 2020 album, One Act Sonix, and on two albums with The Hari Karaoke Trio of Doom, with Kansas City based percussionist/producer Doug Hitchcock and renowned Eno bassist Percy Jones. He also performed with Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Orchestra at Lincoln Center in 2009 and 2010, captured on the album, A Crimson Grail (Nonesuch).
Originally from Kingston, Hudson-based Rick Warren has been deeply involved in the improvisational and experimental music scene fostered by renowned vibraphonist Karl Berger at his Creative Music Studio in Woodstock. It was Berger’s chance visit to a Rick’s high school music theory class that led him to become a regular participant in twice-yearly workshops held at CMS, an international hot bed of improvisational music performance and education founded in 1971 by Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman. Rick is best known for his soundscape compositions using his guitar and a variety of electronic sound sources, each one a new and different on-the-spot creation. Today, Warren is also involved with the Woodstock-based soundpainting ensemble Audiocanvas , led by bassist Steve Rust and captured on the 2019 disc Some Bad Western. Rick is also active with the Hudson-based Slink Moss and the Magic Stones, the improvisational duo The Warren-Ver Straeten Half Quartet and the popular acoustic folk duo, Rick and Marilyn, with songwriter Marilyn Miller.
SALIENT MINUS TEN is the new Sci-Fi/Horror short film from award-winning filmmaker Emma Dark, and is a cerebral foray into the darker, more disturbing, side of Science Fiction.
Adam Harper (Alan Austen, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back) is an average man. And on an average day he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game… A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death.
“Instead of relying on gore or cheap jump scares to get under your skin, this is a film which asks you to think and connect the dots yourself, and you almost feel as though you want to thank it for that.” – Dread Central (4/5* review), http://bit.ly/2on4LJi
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: * Fantoms (REGIONAL PREMIERE – NEWCASTLE UK, Star and Shadow cinema, October 2019) * WINNER ‘Best Actor’ (Alan Austen), WINNER ‘Best Cinematography’ (Philip Bloom), WINNER ‘Best Editing’ (Emma Dark), Nominated ‘Best Short’, ‘Best Music / Sound’ (Eric Elick & Chris Collier), ‘Outstanding Female Filmmaker’ (Emma Dark) – Stormy Weather Horror Fest Summer 2019 * Medusa Underground Film Festival (REGIONAL PREMIERE – NEVADA USA, The Artisan Hotel Boutique, Las Vegas, January 2019) * Black Sunday Film Festival (The Whirled Cinema, December 2018) * International Moving Image Society (01zero-one, October 2018) * WINNER ‘Albert Pyun Inspiration Award’ (Emma Dark), Nominated ‘Best Short Film’, ‘Audience Choice’, ‘Best Cinematography’ (Philip Bloom) – The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival (NORTHERN IRISH PREMIERE, The Hub, Bangor, October 2018) * Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival (REGIONAL PREMIERE – NORTH CAROLINA USA, The Cary Theater, Cary, September 2018) * Nominated ‘Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy’ – Snake Alley Festival of Film (REGIONAL PREMIERE – IOWA USA, Capitol Theater, Burlington, June 2018) * Rue Morgue Magazine and Unstable Ground’s Little Terrors Monthly Short Film Festival (CANADIAN PREMIERE, Imagine Cinemas Carlton, April 2018) * Nominated ‘Best Horror/Sci-Fi’ – 2nd Annual – Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (REGIONAL PREMIERE – PENNSYLVANIA USA (EAST COAST), Mauch Chunk Opera House, April 2018) * WINNER ‘Best Director’ (Emma Dark) – Starburst Magazine’s Media City Film Festival (REGIONAL PREMIERE – GREATER MANCHESTER, The Landing, March 2018) * Billy Chainsaw’s Nova Nights (The Horse Hospital, London, February 2018) * Panic Fest (USA PREMIERE, Screenland Armour Cinema, Kansas City, January 2018) * The Dark Side Magazine’s DarkFest (Genesis Cinema, November 2017) * Nominated ‘Best Short Film’ – The British Horror Film Festival (WORLD PREMIERE, Cineworld Leicester Square, November 2017)
CREDITS: Edited, Produced, Written, and Directed by Emma Dark Original Music by Eric Elick Director of Photography Philip Bloom Sound Design by Chris Collier
Adam Harper – Alan Austen
The Woman – Emma Dark
Commuter/Automaton – Chris Hampshire
Commuter – Beric Read
Commuter – Samantha Oci
For a full list of cast and crew credits and to find out more please visit the following links: IMDb – imdb.com/title/tt5935326 Facebook – facebook.com/SalientMinusTen Twitter – twitter.com/SalientMinusTen
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Episode One of Shoreditch Pictures‘ new online series, Corona Connections, which follows characters during lockdown of the coronavirus epidemic. Magic Moments is the story Harry,(Max Waldron) who calls his Grandma (Patricia Loveland) to wish her a happy birthday and give her a heart-warming surprise. Written & Directed by Ben Wicks Produced by Sarah Culverhouse. Shot entirely on Skype.