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. 

 

Field Harmonics // ‘Girls’ // Video

Really excited to finally be able to share the video for the latest Field Harmonics single, ‘Girls’, shot by Chris Keenan and directed by Angela Slater. The video was shot entirely in Birmingham, UK over two days in April 2015.

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You can purchase the single digitally here :

iTunes

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There will be news of a very limited tape edition by the end of the week…have a great Bank Holiday everyone.

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.

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‘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!

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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!

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‘Yr Sioe Afanc’ // Single and Video…

As promised, here is the excellent one take video for the first single, ‘Yr Sioe Afanc’,  from the latest E.L. Heath album, ‘Tŷ’.

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The single can be purchased from our Bandcamp store, along with exclusive b-side, ‘Bwyta y Haul’.

Starring:

Helen Foot
Richard Foot
Hailey Robinson
Eric Loveland Heath
Victoria Clinton
Jason Wiley

Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Arron Fowler
Concept by: Eric Loveland Heath
Produced by: R & A Collaborations
Hair and Make-up by: Victoria Clinton & Helen Foot
Additional clothing and props provided by: The Creative Studio & Helen Foot Design.

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!

Please watch, share and enjoy.