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May 2006

Jasper Leyland’s debut album ‘Margin’ is out now on my Stray Dog Army label. This superb piece of work sees him move between a variety of instrumental sources, applying subtle digital processing and layers of found sound to craft dense organic compositions.
You can buy it from this site, or go to the label website to download some MP3s and read more about it.

Meanwhile ‘a present from the future’ has been extremely well received, with universally positive reviews and acres of radio play everywhere from Chile to Serbia, including both Mixing It and Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 plus a special on the album from Classic FM’s Chillercabinet show. In fact every single track from the album has been played on the radio somewhere at least once. The CD was also at No.1 in Tokyo record shop Duotone’s ‘Top Sellers’ list for quite a while. Many of the reviews are now up in the press section, and here are some quotes:

“a marvelous octet of guitar meditations…Brewster's atmospheric material shimmers with a crystalline grace” Textura

“manages to sound original in a world overpopulated with ambient music. It's as if Tim Hecker has suddenly lightened his mood a bit and teamed up with the instrumental guitar work of Jose Gonzalez” Almost Cool

“stunning…stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful”
Delusions of Adequacy

“forty minutes of sheer loveliness” Leonard’s Lair

“he has reached a real peak…this is an album that you really need to check out” Smallfish

“an organic-sounding piece of sustained, sublime beauty” Venue

“gorgeous” Norman Records

“wonderful… a beautiful Sunday morning wake up record”
Vital Weekly

The album is still available here, and also from Smallfish and Rough Trade (London), Norman Records (Leeds), Here (Bristol), Duotone (Tokyo) and Get (Amsterdam).

March 2005

Mole Harness finally has its own website. Now you can get information and buy releases online direct from here. There are lots of tracks to download on the MP3s page (including two which were previously only available on Japanese releases), plus a guest MP3s area with over an hour's worth of music by people I like which you can also download. As well as the usual biography, discography, etc, I have also compiled a comprehensive archive of past gigs in the 'live' section. This includes flyers, setlists and details of other artists who appeared, plus written reminiscences about many of the events.

The second album is currently being recorded, and will be released sometime in autumn 2005. Join the mailing list on the contact page to be notified as soon as bartering commences. Meanwhile the first album is still available, and the latest EP 'Stray Dog Army' came out a few months ago to some excellent reviews. You can get hold of both CDs in the shop section.

Mole Harness has contributed a track to the new S J Esau remix album, 'Stop Touching My Cat'. You can download an excerpt of my remix on the MP3s page, and read more details in my discography section here, or link to the S J Esau website to hear more tracks and buy the CD.

Mole Harness recently recorded a mix for Shane Quentin's esteemed 'Garden of Earthly Delights' radio show on CRMK (previous guest mixers have included Amon Tobin, Max de Wardener and The Streets). Check out the tracklisting on the Earthly Delights website, where I also recommend going to the 'mixes' section and getting Shane to send you a free CD with 10 of his own mixes in MP3 form.

On 6th March Mole Harness performed live for the 'Swollen Cochlea' show on Bristol internet radio station Where's That Noise. The set consisted of 3 new tracks from the next album. Swollen Cochlea is broadcast every Sunday from 10-12 pm, and you can listen live via the Where's That Noise Website. The show is highly recommended, and there will be many more exclusive live sessions over the coming weeks.

Tokyo record shop Duotone voted 'All Your Memories Return At Once' as one of their '15 Important Releases Of 2004'. The list also included Knowledge of Bugs' 'Woodwork' EP and Asteroth's 'Songs From The Belfry', meaning that Bristol is responsible for a staggering 20% of the total important music from last year!