HARDHOUND

Richard Skelton – Verse of Birds

Author: Colin | Published: 28/10/12

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Artist Richard Skelton
Title Verse of Birds
Label Corbel Stone Press
Year 2012
Design Richard Skelton
Music A collection of recordings from the west coast of Ireland. Verse of Birds comprises over 100 minutes of new music conceived during the spring, summer, autumn and winter of 2010/11.
Notes 2007, 2009, 2010 – the years pass and sometimes we see Richard Skelton’s work and it’s always a pleasure when we do. Pared down to the essential, each piece of work is unmistakably the result of great care, fine judgement and a striking discipline. Such minimalism makes the work a challenge to do justice to, which I fear I haven’t. Note the difference in colour from image to image. Richard wrote in an email of his desire for the silver text on grey background to be almost invisible from certain angles, but for it to leap out when it catches the light. This approach was inspired by the effect of water on grey limestone in the Burren where the music was recorded.
Also - Sustain Release
- A Broken Consort, Box of Birch
- Richard Skelton, Landings
Listen

The Heavy (NinjaTune), Amon Tobin (Big Dada)

Author: Colin | Published: 21/10/12
Previous Flying Lotus – When The Quiet Comes Next Richard Skelton – Verse of Birds

Artist 1-3: Amon Tobin; 4-10: The Heavy
Title 1-3: Stunt Rhythms; 4-10: The Glorious Dead
Label NinjaTune
Year 2012
Design 1-3: Inventory Studio, London; 4-10: unspecified
Music 1-3: Electronica; 4-10: Rock
Notes You may be wondering why these two releases are lumped together in one post. I wondered that myself and then realised they arrived in the same package which caused me to think they were in some other way associated. My mistake. Lots of lovely coloured vinyl here. The colours are stronger in the flesh. Big and bold is the order of the day for Amon Tobin’s latest which pretty much suits the music. Three heavyweight slabs of vinyl with a die-cut outer sleeve. Delicious. The Heavy arrive clad in a pizza box with a 60s/70s feel to the design that suits the music perfectly.
Listen

Flying Lotus – When The Quiet Comes

Author: Colin | Published: 16/10/12
Previous Sankt Otten, Blackfilm, SaffronKeira (Denovali Records) Next The Heavy (NinjaTune), Amon Tobin (Big Dada)

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - When The Quiet Comes

Artist Flying Lotus
Title When The Quiet Comes
Label Warp Records
Year 2012
Design Art direction and graphic design: Stephen Serrato with B+; Photography by B+ with Dan Kitchens
Music Abstract hiphop
Notes The temptation to describe Flying Lotus’ music as trip-hop is easily resisted: the music resists such negative associations while clearly developing from a lineage in part grounded in the now distant days of labels like Mo’Wax. The design of this double vinyl collector’s edition of the new album is a delight, foregrounding as it does richly coloured dream imagery. The gatefold sleeve is pleasingly solid, the vinyl good and heavy. Recommended!

Do watch the video.