Weatheredis the companion volume to epic45’sWeathering album (Sunday Times Album of the Week, July 2011). It sees the Staffordshire duo invite labelmates and contemporaries to literally weather the recordings they made for that record. Weathered will be released on Friday 6 April via Norman Records, with a digital release from Wayside & Woodland’s online shop to follow shortly after. It will be available from other retailers later in April.
What if a song recorded today could be lost like a photograph, only to be rediscovered years later? Dusty and forgotten for years, warped, faded and torn. Like an old ‘78 discovered in an attic, its history as a physical object indelibly marked and inseparable from the original recording.
Contributing artists to Weathered include The Remote Viewer, The Gentleman Losers, Fieldhead, E.L. Heath, Jasper TX and Sarah Kemp of Lanterns on the Lake/ The Declining Winter.
Head over to Pitchfork to read an oral history of pioneering and influential band Disco Inferno, which features quotes from Ben from epic45, as well as Richard Adams of HOOD, Geoff Travis and the band themselves.
ANA (W&W010), the new release from epic45 collaborator P.Manasseh, is now available to buy from Norman Records, in an edition of 200 CDs packaged in custom, handmade card sleeves. ANA sees the multi-instrumentalist working very much in isolation, crafting minimalist compositions that are an exploration of the way we see and interpret the world, an attempt to create sonic systems based on visual patterns and structures.
A digital version is planned for Spring. Stream ‘Moire’ below:
We’re pleased to welcome a new artist to Wayside and Woodland. Component#4 is Mike Rowley, a multi-instrumentalist from the Black Country, UK. Mike has previously collaborated with epic45 and My Autumn Empire. A Component#4 EP is set for release on Wayside and Woodland later in the year.
Documenting the Decay, the debut solo album by mysterious epic45 collaborator Charles Vaughan, is featured in the best of 2011 roundup by acclaimed music journalist Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania and Rip It Up And Start Again. The album rubs shoulders with artists like Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker and Moon Wiring Club.
Charles Vaughan and epic45 were also mentioned by Reynolds earlier last year, in an article on hauntology for Wired.
Charles was unavailable for comment, but we’re sure he’s chuffed.