Thursday, March 24, 2011
Epic45 – Weathering (2011) (AWESOME !!!)
Genre : Electronica, Ambient, Cinematic, Shoegaze, Post-rock, UK
01. People Say This Place Is Slowly Dying [0:07:07.94]
02. The Village Is Asleep [0:06:37.89]
03. Evening Silhouettes [0:02:31.29]
04. With Our Backs To The City [0:06:22.04]
05. Summer Message [0:02:41.96]
06. Afternoon, Shadowed [0:01:49.68]
07. The Weather Is Not Your Friend [0:02:57.49]
08. These Walks Saved Us [0:03:05.18]
09. Ghosts I Have Known [0:02:34.18]
10. Weathering [0:08:40.94]
11. Washed Up [0:08:48.89]
There is a long tradition of pastoral music capturing a quintessential Englishness, running from Vaughan Williams through the English folk tradition to more recent names like Robert Wyatt and Talk Talk. Further down this line you'll find Epic45.
Ten years after their formation in a small rural Midlands village, a decade in which the nucleus of Ben Holton and Rob Glover have redefined and refined the band's sound, Epic45 release “Weathering”, their new album and definitive statement. Epic45's last full length album “May Your Heart Be The Map” in 2007 was described as “the best English summer album ever” by Word Magazine, and was
later included in their albums of the decade. “Weathering” takes the same elements, but is a more mature, reflective and subdued work with a far broader sonic palette.
The album mourns the loss of a way of life that Ben and Rob's generation were the last to witness. Over the last twenty or thirty years, many English villages have become subsumed by the growth of neighbouring towns and cities and their identity has been lost. It was the intention to convey a sense of the ravaging effects of time on places, objects and lives, and to reflect these ideas of change and decay through the textures and lyrical themes.
“Weathering” boasts an impressive set of guest singers and musicians. Stephen Jones of Babybird lends his trademark falsetto to the beautiful “With Our Backs to the City”, a track co-written with Jones after he contacted the band, impressed by a cover of his song “Losing My Hair” that Epic45 had been performing live. The track is unquestionably one of the album's highlights. Rose Berlin, the daughter of Curve's Dean Garcia, adds her delicate vocals to “Summer Message”, a duet she wrote and performs with Ben. Meanwhile, regular contributor Antony Harding of July Skies, sings and plays clarinet on the Durutti Column-esque “Ghosts I Have Known”. Instrumental contributions come from a wide cast including Richard Adams of The Declining Winter and Hood, who adds guitar and hammered dulcimer, electronic duo The Remote Viewer, EL Heath and Brave Timbers/Declining Winter violinist Sarah Kemp.