Folklore Tapes head activists Ian Humberstone & David Chatton Barker
unveil one of the label's most exquisitely haunting releases yet,
Occultural Creatures Vol.I - Black Dog Traditions of England. Consisting
of a deluxe, eighty-page book written by Ian Humberstone that spins tales
of Black Dog shadows from around the moors of England plus an
accompaniment film DVD and a soundtrack album. Having been performing
this piece at folklore nights around the UK in recent months there has
been much anticipation for Ian's research to be committed to paper. Consisting
of site-specific photographs and original transcripts of accounts of
locals' brushes with the phantom hounds on the moors they roam, this is
deeply unnerving stuff.
Coming accompanied by an LP of original
recordings spun into a mixture of acousmatic sound compositions,
site-specific field recordings and original audio of local storytellers
all composed by Ian and featuring extensive composition by David Chatton
Barker that's as cinematic as it is chilling.
Much like the labels highly lauded
Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor boxset, Occultural Creatures
Vol.I is a beautifully packaged and well-researched item that expands on
the label's remit for releasing hand packaged artifacts and creates
something that stands out as much more than an LP with a story behind it.
Much like similar LP's from this world such as Finders Keepers lost
library spooks Supernatural Lancashire to The Lost Tapes Record club's
Conet project referencing radiolore, this book/LP/DVD boxset is full of
imagination and wonderment that will educate as well as celebrate tales
of black dog horror from long lost times.
Massive recommendation for
the occultists, Summerisle residents and anyone looking to get lost in
some of the most fully immersive world of Black Dog traditions of England.
Lost Tapes Record Club EP-1
§First-time vinyl edition of long sold
out Folklore Tapes cassette, limited to 250 copies worldwide
The Lost Tapes collective follow up
two private press 7"s with this vinyl reissue of the group's library
funk and balearic folk(lore) tapes EP on the Exquisite Corpses label. The
original cassette release of this appeared and then disappeared in a flash
with many collectors and library enthusiasts hounding them for copies,
and from listening to this eight track mini-LP you will easily see why.
Based around ethnographic radiolore surrounding the Dorset town of
Symonsbury the tracks shed a lighter side on the folklore they are themed
around whilst in keeping musically with the groups close ties to the
Liverpudlian psych group Clinic. The sounds within are split somewhere
between the very best Kosmiche mixtape's from Andy Votel and Jonny
Trunk's Ghost Box jazz mixed with a slice of Conet project number station
Highly limited pressing and a chance for those who missed the
original cassettes to own some of these wonderful sounds at last.