The Marks Upon The Land is a 60 page book which collects all 104 images which were created during the first spin-around-the-sun of A Year In The Country.
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The book is accompanied by two 4-track audiological explorations on CD:
Wild Hope Flowers by David Colohan and Richard Moult.
The Dark Chamber EP by A Year In The Country.
Also included is a free cassette and download copy of the Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels 12 track album by A Year In The Country.
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There is also a standalone version of the book available without the CDs, cassette & download at various Amazon UK and international sites, including:
Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain etc.
Plus the standalone book is also available from Createspace (where it ships from the US).
60 page bound softback book: 8.25 x 6 inches / 21 x 15 cm, matt velvet cover.
1 x all black CDr
1 x 3″ mini-CDr
2 x inserts
1 x cassette album in jewel case with 2 x inserts and download code.
The images in the book are part of A Year In The Country’s explorations of an otherly pastoralism, a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land – the patterns beneath the plough, pylons and amongst the edgelands.
Those wanderings take in the beauty and escape of rural pastures, intertwined with a search for expressions of an underlying unsettledness to the bucolic countryside dream.
The Marks Upon The Land takes inspiration from and channels the outer reaches of folk culture and its meeting places with the layered spectralities of what has come to be known as hauntology, alongside memories of childhood countryside idylls spent under the shadow of Cold War end of days paranoia and amongst the dreamscapes of dystopic science fiction tales.
Wild Hope Flowers is a four track song cycle created by longstanding contributors to United Bible Studies, David Colohan & Richard Moult, which travels along and amongst the ancient stories of the hills and fields upon which generations have trodden, an elegy for layered histories.
The Dark Chamber EP takes its name from the roots of the word camera and is an audio exploration of the creation of the imagery in the book, intermingling field recordings of photographic work with the sounds of the landscape.
Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels is a study of the hidden tales sent out into the world by the silent but ever chattering broadcast towers that stand watch atop the land, weaving and recasting their transmissions and seeming to summon unbidden the ghosts and fractures of a landscape that still contains the echoes and fragments of conflicts past and planned for.
“…interference, plain piano song, shimmering electronics, remote listening & shadowy melodies make for an elegant & sinister experience.” Include Me Out on Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels.
Audiological exploration details:
Wild Hope Flowers by David Colohan and Richard Moult: 3″ white mini CDr;
1) Lay Me Down
2) A Sundial
4) Wild Hope Flowers
Accompanied by Sophie Cooper. Preview clips here.
The Dark Chamber EP by A Year In The Country: 5″ all black CDr;
1)The Dark Chamber
2) Towards The Heartland
3) Layers And Marks
4) The Dark Chamber (Waiting For A Moment Of Stillness Mix)
Preview clips from the EP here.
Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels by A Year In The Country: cassette/download;
1) The Chatter Amongst The Land
2) A Cracked Sky
3) Night Mesh
4) Flutter Once More
5) Fading From A Distance
6) Imparting Received
7) Songs From The Sentinels
8) Tales And Constructs
9) They Have Departed Once More
10) To Be Sheltered
11) A Measuring
12) For My Gentle Scattering
Preview the album here.
Artwork and packaging/book design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.
All 104 images from the book can be viewed at Gallery: Year 1.
Further details of the book can be seen at the main A Year In The Country site here.