Electronic Music 1982 -1987 was created by Mark Van Hoen at the height of the industrial decline in Smethwick, then part of Staffordshire. Instrumental observations and experimentations of the culture and community present in this satellite town close to Birmingham, England.
We’re extremely pleased to be bringing this to you in November.
Wayside & Woodland Recordings will release a deluxe collection of works created by Mark Van Hoen entitled “Electronic Music: 1982-1987”, featuring original and previously unseen 35mm photography from the era documenting Van Hoen’s studio and equipment.
“I used various synthesizers, tape recorders effects etc that were left overnight by clients that had hired my very modest studio for demo recordings. The earliest recordings were made using a reel-to-reel (as pictured on the cover) bounced to an ordinary hi-fi cassette deck.” – writes Mark Van Hoen.
If you go to the beeb site and check back through Gideon Coe’s last couple of shows you’ll hear a lovely mention about ‘May Your Heart be The Map’ as part of ‘Reissue Corner’ on 6 music also ‘The Stars In Spring’ got a play last night.
So big heartfelt thanks to Mr Coe!
Also of note are the July Skies plays, which you should all know are another band we love, seeing as Ben & Rob of epic45 play in the live line-up. So a great show all round.
‘May Your Heart Be The Map’ is still available to purcahse here and here
We have carefully curated a compilation of unheard and unreleased material featuring label favourites; epic45, My Autumn Empire, Field Harmonics, EL Heath and Component#4 and joining the label for a release or two in the coming year; The Arm (a midlands noise trio active in the early 00s), Oliver Cherer (Dollboy), They Go Boom!! (90s indie-popsters) and Mark Van Hoen (Seefeel founder member & Locust).
All artists on featured on this compilation created the music from the comfort of their own homes, with as much emphasis on experimentation as there is on having the ‘right’ equipment; making do with what is in front of them and crafting unique sounds. It’s about carving beauty from limitation and experience, then sonically painting scenes from memory with hopefully resonating results.
‘A Wayside and Woodland Compilation: Bedrooms, Fields & Houses’ will be available for free with purchases of new releases.
It’s time we get up to speed with Oliver Cherer, whose next release ‘The Myth Of Violet Meek’ will be out on W&W late September.
Hopefully you would have heard of Cherer before, if not by his actual name then by his band Dollboy, or maybe even the 90s big beat outfit Cooler of which he was a member. He plays live; a continuous tourer with more monikers and projects than the number of leaves on a tree and most recently performed songs from this new album at Leigh Folk Festival alongside many other folkish greats.
Here’s a taster of something new… An excerpt from ‘Unspoken’
This will be his second release assuming his own name, and for fans of the Second Language label; congrats, you got to hear the first, but we are chuffed he wants to release this second blinding album with us.
The Myth of Violet Meek, is a beautiful and darkly witted album. Sparked by memories of teenage life in the old haunting grounds The Forest of Dean (where Cherer lived during his teens). We are invited into young Violet’s world and taken on a journey of ‘sex, death and chauvinism’, which is as much a reflection on society today despite the setting of this album feeling somewhat gorgeously anachronistic.
‘may your heart be the map’ stands out as a marked departure from a more edgy-experimental-ambient sound, as witnessed on ‘Drakelow’ (2006) and ‘England Fallen Over’ (2005), and sees epic45 concentrate on something more bucolic and innocent, as described by Jude Rogers in 2007 for Word Magazine “Their ghostly, fingerpicked guitars, sampled found sounds, memories of shoegazery and dusty electronica conjured up old British films – and gave the Black Country it’s very own Boards of Canada”.
This anniversary reissue is presented as a deluxe heavy-weight gate-fold edition, with printed inner sleeves featuring new artwork and mini-essays by long-time supporters; journalist Rob Fitzpatrick (formerly Word Magazine) and cult American Novelist Scott Heim (We Disappear, In Awe and Mysterious Skin, the latter being adapted to screen by Gregg Araki), whom both share personal insights for their love of ‘may your heart be the map’.
This weekend saw the release of Pylon Reveries by Charles Vaughan, the keen eyed will note this album has been in the works for a good few years.
The album is presented on CD, with an accompanying cassette tape of exclusive works you’ll not hear anywhere else.
The release is an exclusive to the Wayside & Woodland store, you won’t hear this online anytime soon.
“From an early age, I had a fascination with pylons. The public information films of my childhood did little to quell this creeping sense of unease. Over the years, this preoccupation has informed my work, inspiring many pieces of music. Some of it found its way onto the ‘Substation Index’ release, a mini CDr I left at any substation I came across on my travels. It was free, you just had to find it.
This collection was harvested from the many tapes and hard drives that have been slowly filling up over the years. I hope it makes some sense.” – Charles Vaughan
In the early hours of this morning, we received a fax from musician/explorer Charles Vaughan offering explanation as to the delay in releasing Pylon Reveries, one of the many collections of music from Charles’ private tape archive. We feel this only thickens the mystery. Message reads:
*Reason for delay: master tapes damaged by damp (difficult to avoid down here). Have been drying them out in an abandoned glass house, nearby. Been there a good while now, should hopefully be dry now. Will forward as soon as possible*
This video was meant to be published a while back. Stay tuned for further announcements.