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  • andrew chalk & tom james scott – wild flowers – skire

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    Wild Flowers is the first collaborative release from Andrew Chalk & Tom James Scott and features source piano initially recorded in the development stages of Trace, a performance piece produced for 2013’s F.O.N. festival.

    The delicate surface of Scott’s hushed piano playing is occasionally blurred by Chalk’s sensitive and unique approach to production, unearthing a depth of feeling usually heard as an undercurrent to the muted, almost half-sounded surface notes. Evoking distant childhood summers, strings swell and vanish like flashes of light across a weather-beaten lens, enveloping the dampened rush of piano in a haze of elation and loss.

    Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering and recorded during 2012, Wild Flowers has been cut direct to metal (DMM) and comes in a full-colour offset printed sleeve in an edition of 300 copies.

  • tom james scott – teal – skire

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    Recorded during summer 2013 after returning to his hometown on the North-West coast of England, Teal draws on a wider palette than Scott’s previous solo releases, moving between rich, densely treated atmospheres and lucid reflective moments. The tensions and ease of summer spent in a place haunted by distant memories and fading childhood sentiment.

    Originally issued on cassette in summer 2014, Teal comes packaged in a full colour offset printed sleeve featuring new artwork, and has been expertly cut to lacquer by Noel Summerville.

  • tom james scott – crystal – carnivals

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    Crystal is the third solo release and first vinyl LP outing by composer Tom James Scott. Sonically, the pieces presented on Crystal contrast as structures of space and density, dividing and inhabiting the space of the format. While Scott’s previous releases used acoustic instrumentation to explore aspects of melodic form and song structure, ‘Crystal’ sees a shift towards a more electronic means of sound production.

    ‘Skire’ – the opening track – employs a repeating musical phrase which rests upon and mimics the rhythms of the sea sounds captured along the shores surrounding Scott’s childhood home on Walney Island. Through the sweeping saccharine phrases and looming dissonance of ‘Lown’, the two tracks which together form side A, play the alchemist in inventing and reviving lost thoughts.

    The counter point is the singular track, Crystal. Akin to the title, it is a dense and transparent form in which elevating tones and cyclical melody strengthen and fragment throughout its course, creating swathes of luminous texture that shift the focus to new and imagined harmonic patterns.

    Although the paced, progressive build in Tom’s work is apparent – the remarkable engine of the music is how the strands separate and unravel with duration, inviting the listener to engage and deconstruct their form rather than to simply observe them being built. The result of which is a record of candid disorientation and ecstatic effect.

    CAR004. 350 copies pressed on clear vinyl.