Brand new for spring 2013, an 8-track sampler from Wayside and Woodland is now available for streaming and free download. The compilation features exclusive tracks from My Autumn Empire, July Skies and other W&W favourites. Just click on the artwork below to go to our Bandcamp store.
W&W Spring 2013 Free download compilation | April 2013
Tickets are now on sale for epic45’s series of headlining mid-April shows in Birmingham, London and Manchester – and the band’s first live dates for over a year will find them rolling out old favourites and new material, together with a few surprises into the bargain. The shows will feature a four-piece line-up of Ben Holton, Rob Glover and Wayside & Woodland label-mates Eric “EL” Heath and Mike “Component#4” Rowley. See below for details of all the dates and venues and to buy your tickets. See you there!
Field Harmonics, the electronic pop project of epic45’s Rob Glover, has provided the soundtrack to a trailer for a major new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The trailer features the track Happenstance, which appears on the debut FH album Walls, slated for a June 2013 release on Wayside & Woodland.
Metropolis: Reflections On A Modern City is an exhibition that brings together work by 25 contemporary internaional artists, and includes digital projection, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media installation. The exhibition runs from 23rd March – 23rd June 2013 at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
The trailer is edited by Chris Keenan, who previously produced the video for the epic45 track We Were Never Here — and who will be working with Rob in the spring on a new video for Field Harmonics.
Ben and Rob from epic45 last year donned their producer hats to work with Birmingham’s kings of synth post-rock, Avrocar, on a mini-album called Summer Blonde. The album’s eight songs are improvised sketches, referencing the psychedelic side of Krautrock, harmonious 60s pop and lethargic post-punk. Avrocar member Antony Harding, better known as the leading light in July Skies, has collaborated with Ben and Rob on many occasions over the years, most recently on the track Ghosts I Have Known, on epic45’s Weathering album. Via the links below you can stream samples of the tracks on Summer Blonde from the Orre Records Soundcloud page and buy the absolutely beautifully-packaged 12″ vinyl.
To celebrate the release as a digital download of epic45’s Steps To Further Winter, Ben Holton from the band his given a special interview about the album to the epic45 Facebook page. Ben offers track by track comments and insight on what is a fascinating collection of epic45 outtakes, rarities and lost classics. Check the links below to read the interview and download the album.
We are pleased to announce a big update to the Wayside & Woodland Bandcamp store, with lots of music now available for stream and download for the very first time.
Kicking things off there’s epic45’s Steps To Further Winter collection, originally sold as a limited edition CDR on the band’s European tour in the autumn of 2009, featuring lost gems and remixes by Isan and Simon Scott.
Then we have MAEII, the second album by My Autumn Empire — aka Ben Holton of epic45 — a classic break-up record stuffed full of guitars, pop melodies and ELO-influenced retro-futurism.
Meanwhile the Documenting The Decay and Haunted Woodland Volume Three albums by the mysterious cloaked figure of epic45 contributor Charles Vaughan are just waiting to be downloaded — ideal if you’re in the mood for the melancholy of faded soundscapes and post-war optimism, with a dash of William Basinski.
Not forgetting, either, P. Manasseh’s delicious album Ana, a quietly understated masterpiece of field recordings, drifting tones and shimmering ambience likely to be of major interest to fans of Terry Riley and Pauline Oliveros.
All these W&W releases are available on the W&W Bandcamp store right now, so check the links below for information, streams and downloads.
Due to a recent warehouse find at our distributors, we have the last 20 remaining copies of our very first W&W release available to purchase via Norman Records. This limited edition vinyl contains remixes of epic45 tracks by Bibio (Warp Records) and Bracken (Anticon Records). Pretty special they are too. Grab these quick…
Those lovely chaps over at Norman Records are set to release the second in the ongoing series of epic45 album vinyl reissues in early January 2013. The 8 track Drakelow gets the reissue treatment this time, with a new remaster specifically for this release. This will come in two different editions – 100 copy run on heavyweight black vinyl and a 300 copy run on heavyweight grey coloured vinyl. Both versions will be housed in a full colour, spined card sleeve which includes photographs taken from a recent revisiting of the area surrounding Drakelow tunnels in Worcestershire, England – the original source of inspiration for this release.
For those unfamilar with this release, here is a brief synopsis by Scott Sinfield, founder of Make Mine Music, written around the time of its original release in 2006.
” Drakelow is the new 26-minute EP by epic45. Written in response to a visit that two of the band undertook to an abandoned underground military complex, the sound captures perfectly the spirit and atmosphere of the surroundings that inspired it. “Drakelow” evokes a dark, brooding menace as deep drones and cavernous reverberations engulf the listener. The music is by turns dense and claustrophobic, nostalgic and full of longing. Best played at night, in the dark, on headphones, the EP is profoundly and deeply affecting. If you’re after musical comparisons, there are certain similarities with the ‘isolationist’ school of ambient or the alien soundscapes of Biosphere and Fennesz. This is not purely mood music, however, as tracks like “English Clock Systems” and “They Cut into the Hill” ably demonstrate, epic45 can weave sublime melodies. What is clear is that epic45 have excelled themselves and pushed their music into new and unexpected territories. These days, too few bands are prepared to take risks. Epic45 are clearly one of those that do, and when such experiments yield results like “Drakelow”, we should be all the more thankful for it.”
It was a great pleasure for us as epic45 to be asked to soundtrack this charity video produced by Simon Christopher, for the London based homeless charity, The Passage. A re-edited version of ‘The Future Is Blinding’ was used from ‘In All The Empty Houses’, in this powerful and uplifting short film. It premiered last week at the Royal Festival Hall in London in front of a 3000 strong sell-out crowd . Congratulations to Simon on producing this brilliant film, and for asking us to be involved.