Bedrooms, Fields & Houses // A Compilation

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.

Coming Soon // Oliver Cherer // The Myth of Violet Meek

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. 

 

My Autumn Empire // ‘The Visitation’ Released

Last week marked the release of the new album from My Autumn Empire, The Visitation. Available in CD and digital form, please follow the links below to purchase!

Thanks to those of you who already had it pre-ordered and thanks to those who are yet to purchase but intend to, your support is gratefully received.

If you’d like to book My Autumn Empire to play a show, please get in touch via info@myautumnempire.co.uk

Physical (UK & Europe) :

Wayside and Woodland

Norman Records

Amazon

Physical (Worldwide) :

Inpartmaint (Japan)

Darla (US)

Digital:

Bandcamp

Amazon

iTunes

Spotify

My Autumn Empire // Blue Coat single and video // Out Now

Blue Coat, the first single from the new My Autumn Empire album The Visitation is now available to purchase from the Wayside & Woodland Bandcamp page. For your money you get four beautiful remixes from Seamajesty, E L Heath, Charles Vaughan and Field Harmonics, each putting their own unique spin on the original song. As if that wasn’t enough, you also get a copy of the video for Blue Coat, directed by Benjamin Holton and Mark Cartwright.

It will also be available digitally from iTunes, Amazon etc. within the coming week.

The music video for the single premieres over on God Is In The TV today, alongside an interview with Benjamin.

My Autumn Empire // New Album // Pre-Order

Its with great excitement that we can finally reveal details of the forthcoming My Autumn Empire album, ‘The Visitation’, which is the latest solo album from Ben Holton of epic45.

The Visitation - Cover

‘The Visitation’ takes its name from an early 80’s Doctor Who story in which an alien crash lands on Earth and was part of the inspiration for the album, but Holton expands on the concept with humour and draws a comparison to real life events that affected him at the time.

“It’s also homage to the 70s/80s sci-fi I was watching at the time with all the stagey acting, strange atmospheres and Radiophonic synthesizer sounds that come with them, sounds that have definitely had an impact on the music. Also to the outlandish concepts that drove a lot of the ELO albums I was listening to, in particular the 1981 album ‘Time’ about a man who gets stranded in the future and attempts to have a love affair with a robot.”

However, with tracks such as ‘Andrew’, ‘Where’s Everybody Gone?’ and ‘It’s Around’ the focus shifts to how we can alienate ourselves from social interaction and engagement in the outside world by immersing ourselves in media and fantasy.

“Musically, ‘The Visitation’ hits such diverse reference points as ELO, 10cc, Sparklehorse and The Wedding Present. I also think there’s an influence of some of the American ‘indie’ music I enjoyed in the latter half of the 90s, things like Grandaddy, Pavement and Sparklehorse.”

1. When You Crash Landed
2. Blue Coat
3. Where Has Everybody Gone?
4. Summer Sound
5. Afternoon Transmission
6. It’s Around
7. Andrew
8. The People I Love
9. The Visitation
10. All In My Head

We are now taking pre-orders for both the standard CD edition (which comes in a card gatefold sleeve with fold out lyric sheet) as well as the collectors set, which includes :

– The Visitation CD.
– Bonus Disc (Re-interpretations of songs from all 3 MAE albums.)
– Original Artwork Print (Signed by Ben Holton.)
– Download code (Out Takes & Demo Versions.)
– ‘The Visitation’ Download Code.
– Wayside and Woodland Postcard.

PRE-ORDER* STANDARD CD FOR £8

PRE-ORDER* COLLECTORS SET FOR £15

*ships on 16/04/14

Finally, we have a short album teaser video : enjoy!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5dQSZ4gxtg]

Field Harmonics Support… Visage!

We’re thrilled to announce that Field Harmonics will appear as support act to new romantic heroes Visage at their forthcoming Birmingham date. The gig is to be held at the Institute on Thursday 19th September and forms part of Visage’s short UK tour.

Still featuring the legendary Steve Strange on vocals, as any 80s pop aficionado will tell you Visage are best known for the classic synthpop single Fade To Grey and the band enjoyed a string of Top 20 hits in the early part of the decade. Touring in support of new album Hearts And Knives, Visage got in touch with Field Harmonics’ Rob Glover and invited him to join the line-up at the Institute as a special guest (he said Yes!). FH are due onstage at 7.30pm.

Tickets for what is shaping up to be an unmissable synthpop event are available here.

Field Harmonics // ‘Everyone’ Video, Single and Competition #2

We are delighted to finally post the latest video from Field Harmonics, for the single ‘Everyone’. This was a great video to work with close friends on, massive thanks to all involved.

You can also download the single via our Bandcamp page, and is bundled together with a remix by E.L. Heath and a reworking by My Autumn Empire of the album track, Voice.

To celebrate we are running a competition to win a signed copy of the FH album, Walls. To be in the a chance of winning simply answer the following question :

“In how many different shots does the mysterious shadowy figure appear?”

Send your answers by email to : info@waysideandwoodland.com with the subject heading of ‘FH Comp’.

Winner will be announced via the Facebook page on Monday 29th July.

Congratulations to Paul Jorden!

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