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Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 24/52

Booklet artwork from Michael Tanner’s Nine Of Swords album.

 

“Nine of Swords was created by using nine tarot cards allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments which were played in the order of their drawing from the deck… Its method of creation recalls the random cut-up literary techniques of William Burroughs or automatic writing and the resulting work is a 68 minute journey which is a balm to contemporary intensity of input… No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of Nine of Swords; the music in the album was guided purely using the (non)choices of the turns of the cards.” (Quoted from A Year In The Country.)

 

“Through this primordial essence of the drone, Tanner gives voice to a chorus of ghosts in which, in the narrative-conceptual part of the work, the subjects and themes evoked by the symbolic meaning of the playing card that gives the title to the album take part.” (Quoted from a digital translation of a review by Music Won’t Save You.)

 

Links:

  • Visit Michael Tanner’s work here.

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country

 

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Michael Tanner’s Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 3/52

Artwork from Michael Tanner’s Nine of Swords album.

“Nine of Swords was created by using nine tarot cards allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments which were played in the order of their drawing from the deck… Its method of creation recalls the random cut-up literary techniques of William Burroughs or automatic writing and the resulting work is a 68 minute journey which is a balm to contemporary intensity of input… No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of Nine of Swords; the music in the album was guided purely using the (non)choices of the turns of the cards.” (Quoted from A Year In The Country.)

 

“This is an album to focus on and to pay attention to, perhaps an album for late nights or early mornings; there is something contemplative at heart here, this music invites reflection. The glistening of the water bowls merges into the gentle waves of temple bells, at times creating a solid, reverberating mass whilst at others a more distant echo. There is great beauty in this recording, nothing is rushed and the sound is crystalline and pure. The world outside seems to grow quieter around the music, as if in step. This is not easy listening however, but a demanding and focused album which commands your complete attention. It deserves and repays this attention a hundred times over however with truly beautiful sounds, atmospheres and textures; consult the cards and sink into the shimmer of Nine of Swords – you will not be disappointed.” (Quoted from a review by Grey Malkin at The Active Listener.)

 

More details on Nine of Swords here and at Bandcamp.

Visit Michael Tanner’s work here.

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country

  1. Day #120/365: Plinth’s Wintersongs; a sometime walking companion for other landscape travellers
  2. From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, Wintersongs, Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails – Lullabies for the Land and Gently Darkened Undercurrents: Chapter 49 Book Images
  3. Audiological Transmission #27/​​52 ​​- Nine of Swords (Excerpt #1) – Michael Tanner
  4. Day #350/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #3; A balm to contemporary intensity of input…

 

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Audiological Transmission #27/​​52 ​​- Nine of Swords (Excerpt #1) – Michael Tanner

Michael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country-lighterRevisitation #3.

Audiological exploration excerpt #1 by Michael Tanner from the album Nine of Swords.

This was the third album released in our first spin-around-the-sun and was created via a process whereby nine tarot cards were allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments and played in the order of their drawing from the deck.

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This is a 54 minute or so journey for which sonorous is particularly apt word; it is immersive and enveloping, while at the same time it seems to hint at a quietly shimmering darkness just on the edge of things – restful, drifting and yet…

New age might also be an appropriate signpost but probably nearer in spirit to say the expoloratory / experimental work which could be found on Light In The Attic’s I Am The Centre: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 than the more obvious tropes of such things.

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I think now would be a good point to hand over to the Nine of Swords related scribings by Grey Malkin at The Active Listener:

This is an album to focus on and to pay attention to, perhaps an album for late nights or early mornings; there is something contemplative at heart here, this music invites reflection. The glistening of the water bowls merges into the gentle waves of temple bells, at times creating a solid, reverberating mass whilst at others a more distant echo. There is great beauty in this recording, nothing is rushed and the sound is crystalline and pure. The world outside seems to grow quieter around the music, as if in step. This is not easy listening however, but a demanding and focused album which commands your complete attention.

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Considerations of Nine of Swords at Music Won’t Save You here:
“…ghostly sounds that evoke the English tradition… imbued with dark magic…” (translation courtesy of ether auto).

Earlier considerations of Mr Tanner’s early work around these parts:
Day #120/365: Plinth’s Wintersongs
…and to quote myself about such things, this “…could be loosely described as a kind of folkloric or pastorally themed ambient or even soundscape album but I don’t think it’s an easy piece of work to pigeonhole in such a way…

…in parts it may be a journey through a certain kind of pastoral reverie there is also something else going on amongst the hills and trees. There’s heartbreak in the pathways of it’s songs at points; Hearth makes my mind wander towards losses along the byways of life…”

A previous Nine of Swords revisiting around these parts:
Day #350/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #3; A balm to contemporary intensity of input…
(
Wherein I may well visit the aforementioned I Am The Centre and indeed wandered-from-the-centre new age work.)

Nine of Swords encasements around these parts:
Day #245/365: Artifact #35/52; Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords CD album – Night/Day editions

Day #338/365: Artifact #48/52; Michael Tanner Nine of Swords limited edition CD released – Dusk / Dawn Editions

Mr Tanner’s Bandcamp Ether Victrola can be found here.

 

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Day #338/365: Artifact #48/52; Michael Tanner Nine of Swords limited edition CD released – Dusk / Dawn Editions

Michael Tanner Nine of Swords CD album. Dusk Edition £10.00.  Dawn Edition £12.00
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Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #3
Audiological contents: Nine of Swords (54.20 minutes).

Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Discogs Audiological Archive and our  Bandcamp page.
Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

Custom printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.

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Nine of Swords was created by using nine tarot cards allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments which were played in the order of their drawing from the deck.

Its method of creation recalls the random cut-up literary techniques of William Burroughs or automatic writing and the resulting work is a 68 minute journey which is a balm to contemporary intensity of input.

No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of Nine of Swords; the music in the album was guided purely using the (non)choices of the turns of the cards.

 

Also available as a limited edition Night boxset and Day string bound booklet: see Day #245/365.
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Dusk Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £10.00.
Hand-finished packaging; all black CDr in matt recycled sleeve with insert.

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Top of CD.                                                              Bottom of CD.

Artwork custom printed by A Year In The Country using archival Giclée pigment ink.
Hand numbered on the back of the insert.

 

Dawn Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £12.00.
Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with insert and badge.
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Top of CD.                                                           Bottom of CD.

Artwork custom printed by A Year In The Country using archival Giclée pigment ink.
Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on a tag which is string bound to the sleeve.
Back of the insert is hand numbered.

 

Album credits:

All music written & played by Michael Tanner.

Recorded at Greenwitch 04/06/2014 using an X-Y positioned Beyer M101 and Shure SM57.

4 x Water Bowls. 2 x Singing Bowls. 2 x Temple Bells. 1 x Cymbals.

No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of this piece.

 

Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

 

Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Discogs Audiological Archive and our  Bandcamp page.
Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

 

An excerpt from this Audiological Case Study can be listened to via our Mark II Ether Victrola below:

 

Visit Michael’s work at Day #120/365 of A Year In The Country.

Visit Michael Tanner in the ether here: www.iamplinth.bandcamp.com
(where you may also find him working under the names Plinth, The Cloisters, Taskerlands and The A. Lords).

 

The library of A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series includes:
Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
Case Study #5: She Rocola: Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town
Case Study #6: Howlround: Torridon Gate
Case Study #7: Racker & Orphan; Twalif X

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Day #245/365: Artifact #35/52; Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords CD album – Night/Day editions

Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords CD album. Night Edition £25.00.  Day edition £18.00.

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Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #3
Audiological contents: Nine of Swords (54.20 minutes).

Nine tarot cards allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments, played in the order of their drawing from the deck.

Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

 

Night Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £25.00.

Box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet hand signed by Michael Tanner, 4x25mm badge set & 8 x sticker set.

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Top of CDr.                                                                       Bottom of CDr.

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Night edition details:

1) Booklet/cover art printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box.

3) Printed box cover print.

4) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).

5) Black string bound 12.8cm x 12.8cm booklet:
a) Hand signed by Michael Tanner.
b) Hand numbered.
c) Hand bone creased cover.
d) 12 pages (6 sides printed).
e) Contains 4 image, 1 image/credits and 1 credits page.
f) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
g) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
h) Two inner sheets are printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.

6) 4 x 25mm/1″ badge set contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.

7) 8 x 35mm/1.4″ waterproof sticker set contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.

 

Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £18.00.

White/black CDr album in 10 page string bound booklet packaging hand signed by Michael Tanner.

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Top of CDr.                                                                     Bottom of CDr.

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Day Edition Details:

1) Booklet artwork printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

2) Wrapped in wax sealed, hand stamped black tissue paper.

3) White/black CDr (white on top, black on playable side).

4) Jute string bound 14.4cm x 13.2cm booklet:
a) Hand signed by Michael Tanner
b) Hand bone creased cover.
c) 10 pages (5 sides printed);
d) Contains 3 images, one credits/image page, one credits page.
e) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
f) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
g) One inner sheet is printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.
h) Hand numbered.

5) CDr held in protective fleece-lined sleeve.

 

Album credits:

All music written & played by Michael Tanner.

Recorded at Greenwitch 04/06/2014 using an X-Y positioned Beyer M101 and Shure SM57.

4 x Water Bowls.  2 x Singing Bowls.  2 x Temple Bells.  1 x Cymbals.

No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of this piece.

 

Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

 

Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

 

An excerpt from this Audiological Case Study can be listened to via our Mark II Ether Victrola below:

 

Visit Michael’s work at Day #120/365 of A Year In The Country.

Visit Michael Tanner in the ether here: www.iamplinth.bandcamp.com
(where you may also find him working under the names Plinth, The Cloisters, Taskerlands and The A. Lords).

 

The full current library of the A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series:

Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
Case Study #5: She Rocola: Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town

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Index: Year 5

Click the links below to peruse wanderings from the different years of A Year In The Country:

Index: Year 1      –      Index: Year 2      –      Index: Year 3      –      Index: Year 4      –      Index: Year 5

 

Index: Year 5:
The Changes / The Disruption – Notes on a Flipside of the Pastoral Conversation – Part 1: Wanderings 1/52 (And the Start of a New Yearly Cycle)
Grey Frequency’s Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 1/52
The Changes / The Disruption – Notes on a Flipside of the Pastoral Conversation – Part 2: Wanderings 2/52
Hand of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 2/52
Robert Macfarlane, Benjamin Myers, The Eeriness of the English Countryside and Unravelling of Dizzying Mazes: Wanderings 3/52
Michael Tanner’s Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 3/52
When Haro Met Sally, John Hughes, Stranger Things, Twins of Evil, Hauntology and Dark Seed – Parallel World Reimaginings and Phantasms: Wanderings 4/52
The Quietened Village – Preorder and Release Dates
She Rocola’s Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 4/52
Night of the Comet Part 1 – Shopping and Respect in “Empty Cities” at the End of the World: Wanderings 5/52
Howlround – Torridon Gate: Audio Visual Archive 5/52
Luciana Haill’s Apparitions – A Modern-Day Conjuring of Phantasms and Peering Down the Corridors of Time: Wanderings 6/52
Twalif X – Racker&Orphan: Audio Visual Archive 6/52
Night of the Comet Part 2 – Post-Apocalyptic Positivity in “Empty Cities” at the End of the World: Wanderings 7/52
The Quietened Village – Preorder
A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 7/52
The Debatable Lands, Undulating Waters, In The Sunshine We Rode The Horses and Ufology – Audio Undercurrents Part 1: Wanderings 8/52
Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 8/52
The Delaware Road, Mo’Wax, UNKLE, DJ Shadow, Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack, Boards of Canada, Moon Wiring Club, DJ Food, Belbury Poly, The Memory Band, Grantby, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Andrea Parker – Universe Creation and Spectral Lines in the Cultural Landscape: Wanderings 9/52
The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 9/52
John Carpenter’s Christine Part 1 – Anthropomorphisation, Magical Realism and Rock’n’Roll Dream Lovers: Wanderings 10/52
A Year In The Country – Spectral Fields – Wyrd Kalendar Mix 3 and the “What is hauntology? And why is it all around us?” BBC Archive Film
No More Unto the Dance: Audio Visual Archive 10/52
The Quietened Village – Released
John Carpenter’s Christine Part 2 – Autonomous Zones, Night Time Edgelands and the Restoration of the Natural Order: Wanderings 11/52
The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 11/52
Hot Fuzz aka Rural Weapon Part 1 – Flash and Spectacle Amongst the Bucolia: Wanderings 12/52
The Restless Field: Audio Visual Archive 12/52
Hot Fuzz aka Rural Weapon Part 2 – The Village Gone Rogue: Wanderings 13/52
From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 13/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 1 – This Brutal World and a Study of The Shape of the Futures Past: Wanderings 14/52
Undercurrents – Audio Visual Archive 14/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 2 – This Brutal World, Industrial Inspirations for Blade Runner, Memories of the Space Age and the Future Takes a Tumble: Wanderings 15/52
The Quietened Cosmologists – Audio Visual Archive 15/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 3 – J. G. Ballard and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and All Mod Con Dystopias: Wanderings 16/52
All The Merry Year Round – Audio Visual Archive 16/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 4 – A Return to the Experimentations and Aesthetics of This Brutal World and Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archaeology: Wanderings 17/52
The Watchers – Album Preorder and Release Dates
Audio Albion – Audio Visual Archive 17/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 5 – A Curious Collector’s Piece and a Return to Acts of Enclosure: Wanderings 18/52
The Shildam Hall Tapes – Audio Visual Archive 18/52
Michael Radford’s 1984 Part 1 – The Privations of an Alternative Past, Present and Future, V for Vendetta and the Last Inch: Wanderings 19/52
The Quietened Village – Writing, Broadcasts and Traces of Ghosts
The Quietened Mechanisms – Audio Visual Archive 19/52
Michael Radford’s 1984 Part 2 – Pop Music Controversies and Pastoral Escape/Non-Escape: Wanderings 20/52
The Watchers – Preorder
The Corn Mother – Audio Visual Archive 20/52
Broken Folk, Is it Clearer? and Akiha Den Den – Audio Undercurrents Part 2: Wanderings 21/52
Grey Frequency – Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 21/52
A Midsummer Night’s Happening, Weirdshire and The Delaware Road: Ritual & Resistance – A Spectral Summer is a-Coming in: Wanderings 22/52
Hand of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 22/52
The Fountain in the Forest – Further Explorations of Hidden History, Timeslip, the Ending of Arcadian Idylls and Pulp Fiction Subversion: Wanderings 23/52
No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 23/52
The Watchers – Released
Stand By Me – The Undercurrents of an Unsupervised Journey Away from the White Picket Fences: Wanderings 24/52
Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 24/52
Brick High-Rise – A Rather Curious Lego Simulacra of Ballardian Transgression: Wanderings 25/52
She Rocola – Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 25/52
Looker and the Imagined Omnipotence of the 1980s Computer – Part 1: Wanderings 26/52
Howlround – Torridon Gate: Audio Visual Archive 26/52
The Watchers – Reviews, Broadcasts and Journeys amongst The Haunted Generation, The Unquiet Meadow, the Witching Hour and Other Flipside Furrows
Electric Dreams and the Imagined Omnipotence of the 1980s Computer – Part 2: Wanderings 27/52
Echoes And Reverberations – Preorder and Release Dates
Racker & Orphan – Twalif X: Audio Visual Archive 27/52
The Folk Horror Revival: Urban Wyrd Books – Exploring Hidden Narratives from Between the Forgotten Cracks: Wanderings 28/52
A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 28/52
Wolfen – Urban Decay, Sidestepping Genre Expectations, Lost Visions and a Brief Visit to The Keep’s Dreamscape: Wanderings 29/52
Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 29/52
A Very Peculiar Practice and Battles with the Old Guard: Wanderings 30/52
Echoes And Reverberations – Preorder
The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 30/52
Day of the Triffids Part 1 – The Farmers Becoming the Hunted: Wanderings 31/52
The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 31/52
Day of the Triffids Part 2 – Post-Apocalyptic Debate / Optimism: Wanderings 32/52
The Marks Upon The Land: Audio Visual Archive 32/52
The Prisoner Part 1 – A Visit to a Real Life High-Definition Dream: Wanderings 33/52
The Restless Field: Audio Visual Archive 33/52
Echoes And Reverberations – Released
The Prisoner Part 2 – Ongoing Battles and a Circle of Escape: Wanderings 34/52
From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 34/52
The Quiet Earth – Loneliness and Redemption in the Empty City Film: Wanderings 35/52
The A Year in the Country: Straying from the Pathways Book – Release Date 8th October 2019
Undercurrents: Audio Visual Archive 35/52
The Folklore on Screen, Folk Horror in the 21st Century, The Geographies of Folk Horror and Contemporary Folk Horror in Film and Media Conferences – A Return to Investigations of the Spectral Landscape: Wanderings 36/52
The Quietened Cosmologists: Audio Visual Archive 36/52
Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca, In Time and Anon – Striving for the Stars in a Brutalist Retro Future and Other Near Future Tales: Wanderings 37/52
All The Merry Year Round: Audio Visual Archive 37/52
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 1 – The Cautionary Warnings of Little Red Riding Hood and The Company of Wolves: Wanderings 38/52
Audio Albion: Audio Visual Archive 38/52
A Year In The Country at The Haunted Generation and Kites and Pylons
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 2 – The Company of Wolves, the Thwarted Pop Career of Danielle Dax and the Bridging of Worlds: Wanderings 39/52
The Shildam Hall Tapes: Audio Visual Archive 39/52
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 3 – Hollywood Dons the Red Cloak Once More and Reveals “What They Did Next”: Wanderings 40/52
Echoes And Reverberations Reviews and Broadcasts (and Something of a Revisiting of The Quietened Village, The Corn Mother, The Quietened Bunker, The Watchers, The Quietened Mechanisms and All The Merry Year Round)
The Quietened Mechanisms: Audio Visual Archive 40/52
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 4 – A Consideration of Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Company of Wolves and their Varying Degrees of Separation from Folk Horror: Wanderings 41/52
The A Year In The Country: Straying From The Pathways Book – Released

To be continued throughout 2019…

 

Click the links below to peruse wanderings from the different years of A Year In The Country:

Index: Year 1      –      Index: Year 2      –      Index: Year 3      –      Index: Year 4      –      Index: Year 5

 

Gallery: Year 5

Click the links below to peruse artwork from the different years of A Year In The Country:

Gallery: Year 1      –      Gallery: Year 2      –      Gallery: Year 3      –      Gallery: Year 4      –      Gallery: Year 5

 

Year 5:
The images below are of artwork from the A Year In The Country released albums etc, some of which has not previously been displayed anywhere other than in the albums’ packaging.

Grey Frequency – Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 1/52

Hand Of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 2/52

Michael Tanner – Nine Of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 3/52

She Rocola – Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh of the Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 4/52

Howlround – Torridon Gate (artwork by Howlround): Audio Visual Archive 5/52

Twalif X – Racker&Orphan: Audio Visual Archive 6/52
(The imagery for the release was created using photographs taken during the outing by Racker&Orphan which were than collaged and intertwined with original artwork by A Year In The Country.)

A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 7/52

Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 8/52

The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 9/52

No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 10/52

The Forest / The Wald – Audio Visual Archive 11/52

The Restless Field – Audio Visual Archive 12/52

From The Furthest Signals – Audio Visual Archive 13/52

Undercurrents – Audio Visual Archive 14/52

The Quietened Cosmologists – Audio Visual Archive 15/52

All The Merry Year Round – Audio Visual Archive 16/52

Audio Albion – Audio Visual Archive 17/52

The Shildam Hall Tapes – Audio Visual Archive 18/52

The Quietened Mechanisms – Audio Visual Archive 19/52

The Corn Mother – Audio Visual Archive 20/52

The Corn Mother – Audio Visual Archive 21/52

Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White – Audio Visual Archive 22/52

No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 23/52

Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 24/52

She Rocola – Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 25/52

Howlround – Torridon Gate (artwork by Howlround): Audio Visual Archive 26/52

Racker & Orphan – Twalif X: Audio Visual Archive 27/52

A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 28/52

Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 29/52

The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 30/52

The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 31/52

The Marks Upon The Land: Audio Visual Archive 32/52

The Restless Field: Audio Visual Archive 33/52

From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 34/52

Undercurrents: Audio Visual Archive 35/52

The Quietened Cosmologists: Audio Visual Archive 36/52

All The Merry Year Round: Audio Visual Archive 37/52

Audio Albion: Audio Visual Archive 38/52

The Shildam Hall Tapes: Audio Visual Archive 39/52

The Quietened Mechanisms: Audio Visual Archive 40/52

 

 

To be continued throughout 2019…

 

 

Click the links below to peruse artwork from the different years of A Year In The Country:

Gallery: Year 1      –      Gallery: Year 2      –      Gallery: Year 3      –      Gallery: Year 4      –      Gallery: Year 5

 

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A Year In The Country at Electronic Sound – Wanderings Amongst Escapee Phantoms and the Layers Under the Land: Artifact Report #51/52a:

Electronic Sound magazine-2016-2017-A Year In The Country album reviews-1c

Over this year and last, the A Year In The Country album releases have received a fair old bit of support from Electronic Sound magazine.

So, with the year coming to an end and this year’s final A Year In The Country release – All The Merry Year Round –  having recently been written about in issue 36, the last of the year, I thought that about now would be a good time to gather together the reviews in the magazine…

Electronic Sound Magazine-issue 21-Fractures album review-A Year In The Country

On Fractures: “A skillfully weighted blend of dark folklore and synthesised experimentation…”

The Restless Field review-Electronic Sound magazine-issue 30-photograph

On The Restless Field: “…a wonderfully curated concept album that rips up the green grass of the idyllic countryside and forces you to consider the darker undergrowth. Beautifully unnerving stuff.”

Electronic Sound magazine-issue 31-Fracture album CD review-A Year In The Country-2

On From The Furthest Signals: “The ghosts are out of the machines.”

Undercurrents-A Year In The Country album review-Electronic Sound magazine-issue 32

On Undercurrents: “The countryside is often over romanticised, usually by those who don’t live there. A Year In The Country has dug a little deeper and hit on something much more profound to end up, if you’lll excuse the pun, in a field of his own.”

Electronic Sound magazine-issue 35-The Quietened Cosmologists review-A Year In The Country

On The Quietened Cosmologists: “Another issue, another release from the ever excellent A Year In The Country…”

(Why thankyou, good sirs !)

Electronic Sound magazine-issue 36-All The Merry Year Round album review-CD-A Year In The Country-2

On All The Merry Year Round: “And my, what a way to end 2017… Albion’s hauntology has never sounded so bewitching.”

Which seems like something of a good note to end this post on.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to all at and who have written the pieces for Electronic Sound, in particular Push, Neil Mason, Finlay Milligan and Ben Willmott.

Also to everybody who created the music: Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon, Alaska, Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, David Colohan, Howlround, Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Bare Bones, Assembled Minds, Grey Frequency, Endurance, Pulselovers, Depatterning, Sharron Kraus, Magpahi, Unit One, Cosmic Neighbourhood, Jo Lepine and United Bible Studies and The Séance.

Visit Electronic Sound here.

The albums can be perused at our Artifacts Shop, Bandcamp and Norman Records.