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She Rocola’s Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 4/52

Artwork from She Rocola’s Burn the Witch / Molly Leigh of the Mother Town release.

 

“The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times. Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.” (Quoted from A Year In The Country.)

 

“She Rocola conjures one the most bewitching releases of the last few months with this EP on the fine label, A Year In The Country. Equal parts performance theatre, found sound and folksong (think Tiger Lillies meets the spookiest of Nurse With Wound) these tracks inhabit an especially cobwebbed and haunted corner of the imagination.

‘Burn The Witch’ begins with urgent stabs and wails of violin and an immediate sense of foreboding. Rocola intones the witches’ fate, vocal harmonies layering ghostlike amidst the baroque setting, her voice endlessly repeating ‘make her leave my mind…’ It is a short yet hugely effective piece, a subtle but powerful spell.

Second track ‘Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town’ is a music box filled shimmer of dread, acoustic guitars casting spectral shadows under the repeated nursery rhyme mantra of the verse… It is both utterly unique and completely hypnotic; this is gothic folk like you have never heard before. With shades of Siouxsie and a hint of Maxine Peake (from The Eccentronic Research Council’s Pendle Witch themed opus ‘1612 Overture’), this is music for when the dark falls and there is nothing but the sound of the rain and wind on the window pane.” (Quoted from a review at The Active Listener by Grey Malkin of Widow’s Weeds and formerly The Hare And The Moon.)

 

“Few 45s of the last couple of years can catch up with this one… ‘Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town’ is the kind of nursery rhyme you never learned at your mother’s knee but which buried itself in your memory regardless, to peer out of the soil while you’re hopscotching past and wrap bony fingers round your ankle; ‘Burn the Witch’ is freakish fiddles (by Andrea Fiorito) that scratch behind She’s icy vocal and spectral harmonies, a Hammer film condensed to two minutes of sound and effects.” (Quoted from a review by Dave Thompson at Goldmine)

 

More details on Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh of the Mother Town here and at Bandcamp.

Visit She Rocola at Soundcloud here.

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country:

  1. Day #39/365: Burn The Witch by Ms She Rocola, a stately repose amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching
  2. Audiological Transmission #34/​​52​​: She Rocola – Burn The Witch
  3. Day #353/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #5; an ether gathering of behind the sofa folk flickerings

 

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Audiological Transmission #34/​​52​​: She Rocola – Burn The Witch

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The CountryRevisitation #5.

Now, we have something of a soft spot for this here track and its companion.

In amongst the A Year In The Country releases it may well be a turning down more overtly folk horror (or should that be folk noir, more of which in a moment?) pathways, accompanied by the phantasmagorical remembering of childhood rhymes to be found in Molly Leigh, which is inspired by Ms Rocola’s…

“…personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

Transmissions sent, received, transmitted: the single garnered some rather fine considerations and scribing, a pairing of which are below:

She Rocola conjures one the most bewitching releases of the last few months… Burn The Witch” begins with urgent stabs and wails of violin and an immediate sense of foreboding. Rocola intones the witches’ fate, vocal harmonies layering ghostlike amidst the baroque setting, her voice endlessly repeating “make her leave my mind”… a subtle but powerful spell. Inspired by “childhood memories and by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa” this is a hallucinatory and haunting piece of folk noir.

“Second track “Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town” is a music box filled shimmer of dread, acoustic guitars casting spectral shadows under the repeated nursery rhyme mantra of the verse. The voice of the witch speaks, intertwining with the sounds of the children’s twisted game. It is both utterly unique and completely hypnotic; this is gothic folk like you have never heard before.

By Grey Malkin (of The Hare And The Moon) at The Active Listener.

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-revisiting-artwork-A Year In The Country

… few 45s of the last couple of years can catch up with this one… Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town” is the kind of nursery rhyme you never learned at your mother’s knee, but which buried itself in your memory regardless, to peer out of the soil whhile you’re hopscotching past, and wrap bony fingers round your ankle; “Burn the Witch” is freakish fiddles (by Andrea Fiorito) that scratch behind She’s icy vocal and spectral harmonies, a Hammer film condensed to two minutes of sound and effects.

By Dave Thompson (author of many a tome or two or hundred or so) at Goldmine.

 

Burn The Witch wanderings around these parts:She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The Country
Day #39/365: Burn The Witch by Ms She Rocola, a stately repose amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching

The Victorian light catching in question is the photograph of Ms Rocola that accompanied the release, by Zoe Lloyd:

a stately repose amongst the rural landscape and corn rigs, a folkloric meandering through the textures of Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville (this particular entrancing of the soul was created using light catching techniques from previous eras – traditional wet plate to be more precise)...

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Night, Day, Arising, Owl Light and Dawn encasements:

Day #273/365: Artifact #39/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD released – Night / Day Editions

Day #280/365: Artifact #40/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town; The Arising Edition – archival print and 3″ CD released

Day #304/365: Artifact #43/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town CDs released – Owl Light / Dawn Editions

 

Burn The Witch (2014):
Words; She Rocola. Music: Andrea Fiorito. Vocals: She Rocola. Violin: Andrea Fiorito.

Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

Elsewhere in the ether: She Rocola. Mr Whitney.

 

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Day #304/365: Artifact #43/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town CDs released – Owl Light / Dawn Editions

She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD.
Owl Light Edition £6.00.  Dawn edition £8.00.
She Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Dawn Edition-A Year In The Country-Owl Light and Dawn Editions
Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

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

 

The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

 

Owl Light Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £6.00.
3″ mini-CDr in see-through wallet sleeve.
She Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Owl Light Edition-A Year In The Country-front coverShe Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Owl Light Edition-A Year In The Country-all partsShe Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Owl Light Edition-A Year In The Country-rear cover

Custom printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.
Printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.
Includes two card inserts in see-through plastic wallet.
Back of the credit insert is hand numbered.

 

Dawn Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £8.00.
Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with insert and badge.
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Top of CDr.                                                         Bottom of CDr.

She Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Dawn Edition-A Year In The Country-back cover
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.

 

Credits:

Burn The Witch (2014)
Words: She Rocola. Music: Andrea Fiorito.
Vocals: She Rocola. Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
Words: She Rocola. Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola. Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

 

She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

www.zoelloyd.co.uk

 

Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

 

Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below.

 

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country 

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print and front of CD-A Year In The CountryAlso available as a limited box set Night Edition, string bound booklet Day Edition and The Arising Edition archival print and 3″ CD.

Visit those at Day #272/365 and Day #279/365.

 

Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

 

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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Day #280/365: Artifact #40/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town; The Arising Edition – archival print and 3″ CD released

She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town. The Arising Edition.
Archival print and 3″ CD. £28.00. 
Limited edition of 52.

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print and front of CD-A Year In The Country

Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

Printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.
Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

Free UK shipping. Normally ships in 7-14 days.

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She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print-A Year In The Country

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The print features an extended version of the Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town cover artwork.

Print size: A3; 42 x 29.7cm / 16.5 x 11.7 inches (includes 1.5cm / 0.6 inch border).

Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper using true black archival Giclée pigment inks (museum/gallery quality inks – resistant to fading for 75+ years).

Hand numbered and signed by the AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

Shipped string bound.

 

3″/8cm 2-track white-topped mini CDr, includes the songs Burn The Witch and Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town.

CD insert is hand numbered and signed by She Rocola.

Insert is printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper using true black archival Giclée pigment inks.

 

Credits:

Burn The Witch (2014)
Words: She Rocola.
Music: Andrea Fiorito.
Vocals: She Rocola.
Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
Words: She Rocola.
Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola.
Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

 

She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

www.zoelloyd.co.uk

 

The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

 

Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

Price include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

 

Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below:

 

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country

Also available as a limited box set Night Edition and string bound booklet Day Edition (see above).
Visit those at Day #272/365.

 

Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at
Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

 

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

Grey Frequency-Immersion-Night Edition-A Year In The Country-2Hand of Stabs-Black-Veined White-Night Edition-boxset-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

 

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Day #273/365: Artifact #39/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD released – Night / Day Editions

She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD.
Night Edition £22.00.  Day edition £15.00.

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night and Day Editions side by side-A Year In The CountryAudiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

Hand-finished albums available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

 

Night Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £22.00.

Hand finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x 25mm badge pack, 3 x vinyl style waterproof stickers.

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Top of CDr.                                                            Bottom of CDr.

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Night edition details:

1) Booklet/cover art custom 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 numbered and signed
b) Hand bone creased cover.
c) 12 pages (6 sides printed).
d) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
e) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
f) 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) 3 x vinyl style waterproof stickers: 9.5 x 6.8cm, 7.2 x 6.8cm, 2.9 x 2.6cm.

 

Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £15.00.

White/black CDr album in 10 page string bound booklet packaging.
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Top of CDr.                                                         Bottom of CDr.

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Day Edition Details:

1) Booklet custom 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 bone creased cover.
b) 10 pages (5 sides printed);
c) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
d) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
e) One inner sheet is printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.
h) Hand numbered and signed.

5) CDr held in protective fleece-lined sleeve.

 

Credits:

Burn The Witch (2014)
Words: She Rocola.
Music: Andrea Fiorito.
Vocals: She Rocola.
Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
Words: She Rocola.
Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola.
Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

 

She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

www.zoelloyd.co.uk

 

The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

 

Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

 

Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below.

 

Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at
Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

 

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

Grey Frequency-Immersion-Night Edition-A Year In The Country-2Hand of Stabs-Black-Veined White-Night Edition-boxset-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

 

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Day #39/365: Burn The Witch by Ms She Rocola, a stately repose amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching

She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Zoe Lloyd-A Year In The CountryFile under:
Trails and Influences: Electronic Ether. Case #3/52.

And while we’re on the subject of folk horror (see Day #37/365 at A Year In The Country)…

This is a song by a good friend and sometimes creative compadre Ms She Rocola (and her compatriots in sound).

She sent me a link to it a while ago and it stuck in my mind like billy-o… it’s all glacial presentation, jade eyed jealousy and enchantment, slightly unsettling violins and a wandering off into the lost lives of the Pendle trials.

Listen to the song here.

It’s also accompanied by a rather fine photograph by Zoe Lloyd;  a stately repose amongst the rural landscape and corn rigs, a folkloric meandering through the textures of Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville (this particular entrancing of the soul was created using light catching techniques from previous eras – traditional wet plate to be more precise).

View more here.

Track credits:
Music by Andrea Fiorito, Words by She Rocola.
Violin: Andrea Fiorito, Vocals: She Rocola.
Recorded by Andrea Fiorito & Joe Whitney 2013

 

A hop and a skip to the future:

Burn The Witch has been released as on a limited edition CD by A Year In The Country as part of our Audiological Case Studies series. View that at Day #272/365.

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She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-Zoe Lloyd photograph-A Year In The Country

 

A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields – A Visual Accompaniment

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Below is an online “cut out and keep” set of visual accompaniments to the chapters of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Field book.

Paperback available at our Artifacts Shop and Bandcamp page.

Paperback and Ebook also available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Australia etc.

More details on the book at the A Year In The Country site here.

 

Chapter 1: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music: Folk Vs Pop, Less Harvested Cultural Landscapes and Acts of Enclosure, Old and New

Rob Young-Electric Eden-book covers-1st edition-2nd edition-US edition

Left to right: the first and second British editions and the American edition of Rob Young’s Electric Eden book (2010-2011).

Forest-Full Circle

The gatefold cover and vinyl of Forest’s album Full Circle (1970).

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The cover and vinyl of Kate Bush’s second album Lionheart (1978).

The Wicker Man-construction-production photograph

Construction scaffolding for statue in The Wicker Man film (1973).

Ghost Box Records logo

Ghost Box Records logo/artwork.

Steeleye Span-All Around My Hat-single-1975-The Wombles

The cover of one of the editions of Steeleye Span’s All Around My Hat single (1975) and characters from The Womble’s television series (1973-1975).

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A period map showing enclosure/inclosure of the land.

 

Text extracts from Chapter 1 can be viewed here.

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Chapter 2: Gather in the Mushrooms – Early Signposts and Underground Acid Folk Explorations

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Artwork from the Gather in the Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974 compilation album. Released in 2004 and curated by Bob Stanley.

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Once upon a time lost-lady-of-folk Vashti Bunyan as featured in the sleeve notes to Gather in the Mushrooms.

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CD insert cover for Trader Horne’s Morning Way album from 1970, featuring former Fairport Convention member Judy Dyble and Jackie McAuley.

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Left to right: Cover art for The Pentangle’s Basket of Light album, featuring their version of Lyke Wake Dirge and The Sallyangie’s Children of the the Sun, featuring a young Mike Oldfield and his sister.

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Gatefold photograph from Forest’s 1969 self-titled debut album.

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Artwork from the Early Morning Hush: Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976 compilation album from 2006, also curated by Bob Stanley.

 

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Chapter 3: Hauntology – Places Where Society Goes to Dream, the Defining and Deletion of Spectres and the Making of an Ungenre

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Text from the debate around whether or not to delete hauntology as a music genre on Wikipedia. Bottom left – artwork by Demdike Stare, bottom right Ghost Box Records artwork.

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Left-right: stills from the intro sequence for The Owl Service, Children of the Stones and The Changes television series.

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Left-right: Daphne Oram and others working at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, flexidisc of an advert for Bruton Music library music company, the cover art for The Season album by David Cain and Ronald Duncan.

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Left-right: cover art for the Ghost Box Records released Sleep Games and Stasis, both by Pye Corner Audio.

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A still from Panos Cosmatos’ film Beyond The Black Rainbow.

 

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Chapter 4: Cuckoos in the Same Nest – Hauntological and Otherly Folk Confluences and Intertwinings

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Left-right first row: The TV tie-in publication of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service novel, islanders in masks from The Wicker Man film and Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Left-right second row: cover art for the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Withcults of the Radio Age album, cover art for The Owl Service’s The View From a Hill album, a still from the intro sequence for the Children of the Stones series and a Ghost Box Records logo.

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Left-right: cover art for The Owl Service’s The View From a Hill album – designed by Dom Cooper of The Owl Service/The Straw Bear Band/Bare Bones, cover art for the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Withcults of the Radio Age album – designed by Julian House of The Focus Group/Ghost Box Records and released by Warp Records and cover artwork from the Gather in the Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974 compilation album – released in 2004 and curated by Bob Stanley.

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Left-right first row: DVD cover art: the BFI’s release of The Changes television series, Network’s releases of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and the Children of the Stones television series.

Left-right second row: DVD cover art: the BFI’s release of Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape, the Director’s cut release of The Wicker Man, Doctor Who stories The Stones of Blood featuring Tom Baker and The Daemons featuring Jon Pertwee.

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Members of the BBC Radiphonic Workshop.

 

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Chapter 5: Ghost Box Records – Parallel Worlds, Conjuring Spectral Memories, Magic Old and New and Slipstream Trips to the Panda Pops Disco

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Ghost Box Records logo and artwork.

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Left-right: The Radiophonic Workshop album by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and The Seasons album – poems by Ronald Duncan, Radiophonic music by David Cain (the Trunk Records reissue cover art).

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Left-right: a poster that accompanied the Ghost Box-released Belbury Poly’s Belbury Tales album and the CD front cover.

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The sleeves and artwork for the vinyl version of the The Advisory Circle’s Mind How You Go album (revised edition).

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The CD sleeve for The Belbury Poly’s New Ways Out album – design by Julian House, circle illustration by Jim Jupp.

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Artwork for The Soundcarriers Entropicalia album and accompanying poster, plus various Ghost Box related artwork.

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Left-right: poster artwork by Julian House, the cover to Sketches and Spells by The Focus Group, exhibition poster by Julian House.

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Ghost Box related artwork by Julian House.

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Left-right: mandala like Ghost Box related artwork by Julian House and the album cover art for The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards.

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Video stills from #1: Witch Cults – collaborative work between Broadcast and Julian House to accompany the album Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witchcults of the Radio Age.

 

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Chapter 6 Book Images: Folk Horror Roots – From But a Few Seedlings Did a Great Forest Grow

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Left-right: stills from Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan’s Claw and The Wicker Man.

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Still of islanders in folkloric animal masks from The Wicker Man.

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The Wicker Man poster.

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Curse of the Crimson Altar still: Barbara Steele in as Lavina Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, who is dressed in striking, opulent and almost surreal folkloric garb, including a behorned headdress.

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A collage of images from Curse of the Crimson Altar.

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Poster for Mario Bava’s Black Sunday, featuring an illustration of Barbara Steel as Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda.

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Stills from The Innocents.

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Stills and posters for Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses, aka Et Mourir de Plaisir and Il Sangue e la Rosa.

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Left-right: introduction sequence images and text for Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape and Beasts and Alan Garner’s The Owl Service.

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Introduction sequence images for Alan Garner’s The Owl Service.

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Left-right: introduction sequence images and text from Children of the Stones and M.R. James’ Whistle and I’ll Come To You.

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Left-right: image from David Rudkin’s adaptation of M.R. James’ The Ash Tree and Play For Today drama Robin Redbreast.

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Image from David Rudkin and Alan Clarke’s Penda’s Fen.

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Left-right: soundtrack artwork for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Queens of Evil aka Le Regine or Il Delitto del Diavolo.

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Masthead for Folk Horror Review site.

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Masthead for Folk Horror Revival site.

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Left-right: photograph of an The Alchemical Landscape event and poster for A Fiend in the Furrows.

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Left-right: cover art for Ghost Box Records’ In a moment… compilation album, Emily Jones’ and The Rowan Amber Mill’s The Book of the Lost and The Soulless Party’s Tales from the Black Meadow.

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Artwork and photograph from She Rocola’s Burn The Witch/Molly Leigh of the Mother Town, released by A Year In The Country.

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Image from Marshlight Software’s “psychogeographical folk tale” computer game Edgelands.

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A collage created from a selection of the above Chapter 6 accompanying images.

 

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Chapter 7 Book Images: 1973 – A Time of Schism and a Dybbuk’s Dozen of Fractures

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Packaging for the A Year In The Country released Fractures album.

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Artwork from the Fractures album.

Delia Derbyshire in Room 12, along with her full panoply of equipment.

Delia Derbyshire / The BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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Images from the early 1970 electricity blackouts in the UK.

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Adverts from double bill cinema showings of Don’t Look Now and The Wicker Man.

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A still from The Changes television series.

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The cover of the first edition of Richard Mabey’s Unofficial Countryside and connected television footage with Richard Mabey.

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Still from The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water Public Information film.

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Still from the introduction sequence of Psychomania.

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Left-right: Judy Dyble, Delia Derbyshire, the cover to Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day and Shelagh McDonald’s Let No Man Steal Your Thyme albums.

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Still from the Michael Fassbinder-directed German television series World on a Wire.

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Poster for Soylent Green.

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Stills from The Final Programme.

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Still from Blue Blood.

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Still from the title sequence of the final series of Quatermass.

 

Text extracts from Chapter 7 can be viewed here.

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Chapter 8 Book Images: Broadcast – Recalibration, Constellation and Exploratory Pop

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Image of Broadcast from an Invisible Jukebox article in Wire magazine.

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Left-right: Warp/Tommy Boy promotional photograph and a further promotional photograph.

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Left-right: stills from the television series Children of the Stones, Sky and The Owl Service.

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Left-right: the cover art to the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witchcults of the Radio Age and Mother is the Milky Way albums.

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Left-right: the cover art to the Haha Sound album and the Finders Keepers/B-Music edition of the Valerie and Her Week of Wonders soundtrack album, featuring sleevenotes by Trish Keenan.

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Broadcast and The Focus Group video stills – collaborative work with Julian House of The Focus Group, Ghost Box Records and Intro design agency.

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Left-right: Introduction sequence stills from The Tomorrow People, The Owl Service and Camberwick Green.

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Left-right: photograph from Wire magazine interview with Broadcast, spread from Shindig! magazine and promotional photograph of Trish Keenan.

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Left-right: cover art to The United States of America eponymously titled album, promotional photograph of the band, collage made from promotional photograph of the band.

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Left-right: the cover of Ghosts of My Life book my Mark Fisher, Broadcast logo by Julian House, Wire magazine cover.

 

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Chapter 9 Book Images: Tales from the Black Meadow, The Book of the Lost and The Equestrian Vortex – The Imagined Spaces of Imaginary Soundtracks

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Left-right: tales from the Black Meadow album cover art and accompanying photograph from the album/project.

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Left-right: The Book of the Lost album by Emily Jones and The Rowan Amber Mill cover art, accompanying photographs from the album/project.

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Stills from The Equestrian Vortex introduction sequence in Berberian Sound Studio – sequence art directed by Julian House.

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Left-right: still from Berberian Sound Studio, poster art for the film by Julian House.

 

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Chapter 10 Book Images: The Wicker Man – Notes on a Cultural Behemoth

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The Wicker Man’s film certificate.