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.
You can now pre-order the limited edition ‘Walls’ collectors set from our new online W&W store.
The set includes :
– Cassette tape
– Download code
– Download code of Happenstance single (inc remixes)
– W&W t-shirt *colours will vary dependent on size*
– W&W sticker, badge and postcard
– Field Harmonics sticker
The first single from the forthcoming Field Harmonics debut album Walls is out now, in the form of melancholic electropop track Happenstance. The four-track digital EP comes as a download, via a choice of iTunes or the Wayside & Woodland Bandcamp store.
Happenstance features vocal contributions from Sarah Harding of She Woke At Cirencester, while the EP includes excellent reworkings by Surfacing, Japanese producer KLVALKA and Birmingham-based Arc Vel, who has previously remixed W&W’s very own Component#4.
There’s a host of exciting things to report relating to Field Harmonics, the new electronic pop project of epic45’s Rob Glover. Top of the list is that the debut FH album, Walls, is now available for pre-order. The album will be released on 1st July by Wayside and Woodland, and can be pre-ordered via Norman Records and Darla using the links below.
And a further Field Harmonics release comes in the shape of a new single, Happenstance, which will be available digitally in June. The single will include a radio edit version as well as remixes — more details to be announced in May.
Coming up on Saturday 4th May is your chance to appear as an extra in a video for a new FH track, Everyone. You’ll need to be available during the daytime for the shoot, which takes place in Wolverhampton. And if that wasn’t enough, the second Field Harmonics live gig is scheduled for Friday 10th May, when Rob will be playing as support to Still Corners at the Rainbow on Digbeth High Street in Birmingham.
For further information about the gig — including ticket ordering — and the video shoot, just check the links below.
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
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.
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.
Below you will find the first taster from the forthcoming album by Field Harmonics, the new pop project from Rob Glover of epic45.
Album coming Summer 2013 on Wayside and Woodland Recordings. More news very soon.
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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.”