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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.)

 

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.

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… 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.
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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.
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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.

 

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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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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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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

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

 

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

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“Folk horror is a loosely defined genre of fictional works which create an alternative, flipside view of the landscape and pastoralism; these works draw from and/or are frequently set in the landscape, creating unsettled and unsettling tales, in contrast to more bucolic representations of the countryside as a place of calm and restful escape.

They may tell stories of the patterns underneath the plough, may include elements of a more hauntological nature rather than being purely rurally based and can take in the hidden, layered histories and atmospheres within places.

There is often a sense of their inhabitants living in, or becoming isolated from, the wider world, allowing moral beliefs to become untethered from the dominant norms and allowing the space for ritualistic, occult, supernatural or preternatural events, actions and consequences to occur.

As a phrase, “folk horror” conjures images of a trio of British films released between 1968 and 1973; Witchfinder General (1968), The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973).

Looking back today such films could be seen as a result or offshoot of there being, at the time of their production, a growing interest in folk music and culture, which was accompanied by a romantic sense of wishing to return to and embrace simpler and more natural or rural ways of living.

However rather than being an expression of such inclinations and idyllic bucolia, folk horror’s often bleak nihilistic nature and stories seem to be more an expression of the souring of related dreams and yearnings: a rural/folk reflected curdling of 1960s utopian optimism as it entered the 1970s.”

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“…both Witchfinder General and The Blood on Satan’s Claw featured Tony Tenser as their executive producer… films which could be seen to have their roots and onscreen expression in both the more art inclinations of their directors (Michael Reeves and Piers Haggard respectively) and the exploitation aspects of their producer Tony Tenser.

Although over time critical appreciation has tended to tip more towards the art side of things, without both sides of this coin one could debate whether these films would have existed or have come to be such resonant cultural artifacts…

Tony Tenser, with his exploitation sensibilities, seems to have been partly responsible for a considerable portion of the late 1960s/early 1970s arrival of folk horror as he was also executive producer on Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968), which deals with some of the themes of folk horror (a rural setting, connections to the old beliefs and magic).

This film is particularly memorable in its conjuring up of phantasmagorical occult scenes, which are made all the more striking by a film-stealing Barbara Steele as Lavina Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, who is dressed in striking, opulent and almost surreal folkloric garb, including a behorned headdress.

She serves as mistress of the film’s woozily transgressive dreamlike ritual ceremonies, helping create almost a film within a film…”

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“The late 1960s to around the mid 1970s was the main era for the production of the initial, classic examples of film and television that have come to be known as folk horror.

However, in terms of cinematic forebears, around 1960 there was a small grouping of horror and/or supernatural films which could be seen as being part of a lineage that would one day become or bring about what is known as folk horror.

These include Mario Bava’s Black Sunday from 1960, also starring Barbara Steele, Jack Clayton’s The Innocents from 1961 and Roger Vadim’s Et Mourir De Plaisir (or Blood and Roses to use its American title) from 1960.

Their tone and expression varies from the classic black and white gothic and grotesque horror of Black Sunday to the almost decadent aristocratic Technicolor sensuality of Et Mourir de Plaisir via the repressed supernatural hauntings amongst the reeds and willows of the British countryside in The Innocents.”

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“On British television a number of series and plays were produced around a roughly similar period to The Wicker Man, The Blood on Satan’s Claw and Witchfinder General, which could to varying degrees be connected to the phrase folk horror.

Such programmes could include the work of Nigel Kneale such as the pre-hauntological investigations of The Stone Tape (1972) and the nature terrors and conflicts of The Beasts (1976) and other notable series including the made-for-children but curiously disquieting likes of The Owl Service (1968) and Children of the Stones (1977).

Alongside which the BBC’s Ghost Stories for Christmas, which often adapted M.R. James fiction, such as Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968), The Ash Tree (1975) and Play for Today broadcasts including Robin Redbreast (1970) and Penda’s Fen (1974), contain many of the themes of folk horror; landscape-set tales of the supernatural, the persecution of those who practice the old ways, the flipside and undercurrents of the land/history, rural isolation and sacrifice.

You could also cast the net wider and include the Czech New Wave fantasia of Valerie and her Week of Wonders (1970) and the high-fashion fairytale-gone-rotten in the woods of Italian-made Queens of Evil (1970).”

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“When A Year In The Country began in 2014, now-disappeared websites such as Folk Horror Review, which intermittently posted about such films and television as those mentioned above, felt like still fairly off the beaten track places: a wandering through the briars and undergrowth of a not overly harvested eldritch rural cultural landscape. This has changed somewhat in recent years.

While not quite yet an overtly mainstream genre name, as an example of how embedded folk horror has become as a descriptive phrase and cultural strand, if you should type it into a search engine then many millions of results will be returned.

Alongside which, a focal point of interest such as the website and social media group Folk Horror Revival has an online following which at the point of writing numbered in five figures, and in 2016 hosted its Otherworldly event at The British Museum.

Folk horror has also become a legitimate area of academic research as shown by conferences/events such as The Alchemical Landscape and A Fiend in the Furrows, which have concentrated on associated areas of study, accompanied by screenings of related film and television.”

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“In wider culture elements and influences of folk horror can be found in a number of areas and projects.

This is particularly so within music, including the sometimes Midwich-ian or Nigel Kneale-esque parallel worlds of Ghost Box Records and projects such as The Book of the Lost (2014) and Tales from the Black Meadow (2013), which alongside other elements featured music intended to accompany imagined, layered backstories which draw from the tropes of folk horror.

A song such as She Rocola’s “Burn The Witch” (released in 2014 by A Year In The Country) and its glacial, haunting tale of love and persecution could well be a soundtrack to a lost classic British folk horror film: one which may have accompanied the canonic trio of such things back when.”

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“While the Marshlight Software computer game Edgelands (2017) takes folk horror themes into interactive realms and is described as a psychogeographical folk tale:

“Magic and folklore… entangle the modern world… in an uncanny rustic adventure… you soon find yourself exploring an uncanny rustic twilight landscape in which familiar rural landmarks overlap with otherworldly occurrences, creating a dream-like blurring of the ordinary and the supernatural.””

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“Over the years from but a few seedlings, folk horror as a cultural strand has created ever growing reverberations that are still being felt throughout culture and indeed which may now only be truly flowering and finding fully fertile ground.”

 

Online images to accompany Chapter 6 of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields book, alongside some text extracts from the chapter:

Details of the book and the collection of its accompanying online images can be found at the Book’s Page, which will be added to throughout the year.

 

The A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields Book

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Journeys in Otherly Pastoralism, the Further Reaches of Folk and the Parallel Worlds of Hauntology

Paperback available at our Artifacts Shop and Bandcamp page.

Paperback and Ebook also available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Australia etc.
Paperback: £15.95. Ebook £6.95. 338 pages. Author: Stephen Prince.

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“The first book of it’s kind to catalogue all these disparate strands, many of which cross over time and space to influence one another.” DJ Food

“An essential field guide to a distinct aesthetic that remains loosely defined, like a fluttering night moth that would die if pinned down.” Ben Graham, Shindig!

“A new book caught my eye recently – the title A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields, that goes in search of the darker, eerier side of the bucolic countryside dream by looking at films of a certain genre, books, TV series, music; it is great to have this fascinating subject explored so thoroughly and brought together under one title.” Verity Sharp, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3