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The Black Meadow Archive Volume 1

by The Soulless Party

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Ghost Planes 02:42

about

After years of campaigning, the Brightwater Archive has finally been opened. From deep within the recesses of these hidden filing cabinets and dusty boxes, the sounds of the Black Meadow pour forth like the ever pervading mists that hang over the moors...

Created alongside Chris Lambert's book of the same name, this new album steps into new hauntological vistas exploring White Horses, Coyles and Ghosts of the distant past, sweeping through the bramble and heather before bringing into sharp focus the more recent tragedies that have beset those who dare to wander from the path into the Black Meadow...

"Some artists create a distinctive sound, others magic up an accompanying persona and backstory. Kev Oyston and Chris Lambert have gone one further: their Black Meadow project has seized control of an area of the North York Moors and used it as the backdrop for a deliberately confusing, unsettling multimedia mix of disturbing folklore and Cold War paranoia.
"...the story is set out in the shadow of an early warning ballistic missile station at RAF Fylingdales where a mysterious village, trapped in a pre-industrialised web of sinister superstition, appears sporadically from the mist. "The Village Under The Lake" is a sweeping orchestral overture with banks of synthetic, otherworldly choirs, impressively echoing the cinema work of John Williams. Meanwhile, "Ghost Planes" reverts to haunted type with the crackle of analog MOD communications and the rumble of discontented synths soundtracking investigations into a mysterious aircraft seemingly spiralling backwards through time. "Song Of The Meadow Bird" is a disquieting pastoral delight, all ersatz harpsichords and flutes, the half forgotten theme to some spooky 1970s BBC children’s drama."

Bob Fischer, Electronic Sound Issue 61, January 2020

credits

released January 31, 2020

All tracks written and produced by Kev Oyston.
Except 'Blackberry Ghost' written and produced by Chris Lambert for The Soulless Party.
Mixed and mastered by Chris Sharp.
Design and Artwork by Phil Heeks.
Special thanks to Rachael O, Chris Lambert, Bob Fischer, Colin Morrison, Chris Sharp, Phil Heeks and Richard Littler

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