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.
‘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:
marvelous octet of guitar meditations…Brewster's atmospheric
material shimmers with a crystalline grace” Textura
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”
Delusions of Adequacy
minutes of sheer loveliness” Leonard’s
has reached a real peak…this is an album that you really need
to check out” Smallfish
organic-sounding piece of sustained, sublime beauty”
a beautiful Sunday morning wake up record”
is still available here, and also from Smallfish and Rough Trade
(London), Norman Records (Leeds), Here (Bristol), Duotone (Tokyo)
and Get (Amsterdam).
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.
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
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,
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.
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
That Noise Website.
The show is highly recommended, and there will be many
more exclusive live sessions over the coming weeks.
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!