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.
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