epic45 // BBC Radio 6 Music // Gideon Coe

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

epic45 // May Your Heart Be The Map // Deluxe Vinyl Edition

A re-release of epic45’s ‘may your heart be the map’ will be available for the first time on vinyl in June 2017 to mark it’s 10th Anniversary.

epic45 will also be playing live at London’s Union Chapel on 10th June see here for more info

‘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’.

You can pre-order the album via this link from 21st May. If you register interest you will receive a message when it goes live, the reissue is limited to 250 copies.

New Release // Charles Vaughan’s Pylon Reveries

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


Some of our favourite online mags have reviewed this release see Monolith Cocktail and [sic]Magazine, as well as being included in the spring review over on a closer listen.

epic45 // Against The Pull Of Autumn // 10th Anniversary Double Vinyl Edition

As the English Summer gives way to Autumn, this seasonal shift provides the perfect backdrop to some very exciting news from epic45. Back in 2004, we released our second album, ‘Against the Pull Of Autumn’ and to mark the 10th anniversary of this record we are planning an extra special double 12″ vinyl reissue.
In order to make this happen we are appealing to epic45 fans to help us gain the funds to make this pressing a reality by pre-ordering one of our special collectors set editions. We are making 50 sets available which will help us achieve our target, and once sold out the record will go to press.
For 50 lucky fans – we are offering the following :
– Remastered double vinyl in gatefold sleeve
– A personal ‘thank you’ in the accompanying insert
– Signed artwork print
– Download card with access to full remastered album plus outtakes and exclusive unreleased material from the time.…all for just £20 (plus P&P)*
Please support us in September by pre-ordering the collectors set edition and be a part of making this reissue happen.

Pre-order now 

*Collectors sets will be shipped as soon as we receive the copies from the pressing plant and we will send out email updates on the expected dispatch date.

epic45 // Monument EP // OUT NOW


This week marks the official release of the Monument EP by epic45. The full details and video for this collection are included in the previous news update, but here are the various physical and digital purchase links. If you purchase our digital version via Bandcamp, you will receive a HQ MP4 of the video for Monument, directed by Ben Lankester – for free.

Limited CD :

– Wayside and Woodland Recordings Shop
– Norman Records (UK)
– Boomkat (UK)
– Picadilly Records (UK)
– Darla Records (US)
– P*Dis (Japan)

Digital :

– Wayside and Woodland Recordings Bandcamp (inc. MP4 video of Monument video).
– Amazon
– iTunes

More news later this week on the forthcoming My Autumn Empire album, gigs and more…

epic45 // Monument EP // CD Pre-order details & Video

Originally released as a limited 10” vinyl on French label Monopsone as the Fragments EP, this collection saw epic45 stripping away the layers of processed sound and instrumentation that characterised their last album ‘Weathering’, revealing the bare bones of their sound. Sparse, resonant drum loops frame a bed of warm synths, chiming electric guitar and clear vocals, making these four tracks the most direct the duo have sounded yet.

In addition to the three original songs, the EP includes an inventive cover of the Tears For Fears song ‘Ideas As Opiates’ from their album The Hurting. Musically, throughout there are echoes of Talk Talk, The Montgolfier Bros, Depeche Mode, The Durutti Column and Robert Wyatt. This new version now features two new tracks: a beautiful remix by the electro minimalists ISAN and a collaborative re-working of the track ‘Monument’ featuring Ian Crause of the legendary and influential ‘post-rock’ band, Disco Inferno.

Limited Edition 6 track CD EP in jewel case packaging will be released and shipped on Monday 3rd February 2014.

The digital version will be released on the same day via our Bandcamp page and the usual online retailers.

Track listing
1. Defeat
2. Monument
3. Skeletons
4. Ideas As Opiates
5. Monument (ISAN remix)
6. Monument II (ft. Ian Crause)

Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Pre-order* your CD EP now for just £6

*Pre-orders will ship on 03/02/14

We are also launching the EP along with a visually stunning video for the lead track by Ben Lankester, who previously produced amazing videos for epic45 songs ‘Summers First Breath‘ and ‘Ghosts on Tape‘. A massive thank you to everyone involved in this shoot, the end result was beyond what we could have imagined.


Director: Ben Lankester
DP: Matt Shaw
Focus Puller/1st AC: Mike Linforth
Steadicam: Doug Walshe
2nd AC: Henry Keep
Dancer: Rosie Terry
Costume Designer: Silja Manninen
Editor: Ben Lankester
Grade: James Tillett

As an extra thank you from Wayside and Woodland, we are offering a 10% discount on all releases in our online shop** until Xmas.

Simply use the code XMAS13 at the checkout for redeem the discount.
(**excluding epic45 – Monument ep)

Have a fantastic Xmas and New Year from all the team here at W&W, and thanks for all the support in 2013….much more to come next year!

w&wdesign2_xmas copy

W&W // New Shop Now Online

We’re very pleased to announce that the dedicated Wayside & Woodland Recordings online shop is now open. It’s the place to buy W&W CD and vinyl releases, including epic45, My Autumn Empire, Field Harmonics, EL Heath and more.

The list of items now for sale features epic45 vinyl rereleases and the Fragments #3 10″ EP rarity, the brand new Field Harmonics album Walls, My Autumn Empire’s The Village Compass and MAEII bundled together at a bargain price, plus a host of other W&W goodies.

The shop is set up via the popular Limited Run service, which is being used by an increasingly large number of indie labels and artists to sell their work direct to fans. You can pay with confidence and convenience by credit card or Paypal, with shipping available anywhere in the world. Just click the link below to browse and buy.


Wayside & Woodland Recordings online shop