Rough Fields – The Harbour Wall
Rough Fields' third release for Bomb Shop is a micro-edition of five spellbinding lo-fi electronic folk songs. Following the ecstatic noise of "You As You" ("Expansive, evocative and serenely interesting", Chew The Fat) and the atmospheric pop of "Watery Fable" ("Outstanding experimental, genre-bending music", Blind Fun) this collection of new material is both accessible and out there, experimental and readily enjoyable.
"The Harbour Wall" continues the found-sound theme of its predecessors (though the cardboard box kick drum is replaced on this occasion by a controlled two-litre pop bottle explosion), but layers the syncopated sound sources into a moody, atmospheric grower. "Behave" is a short but sweet multi-layered nylon string guitar study with obsessive-compulsive vocals. On the other side, the cinematic desert music of "Edge of the Firelight" gives way to Rough Fields' already much acclaimed flagship track "Manila", released on physical and download formats for the first time here.
"The Harbour Wall" is released on limited, hand-made cassette and digital, featuring artwork by photographer Sarah Faraday. Support so far from Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Nick Luscombe (Late Junction, BBC Radio 3), Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music), Radio Nova, Dom Servini and SOAS; coverage in Echoes, Proper Songs, Newdust, Blind Fun, DJ Mag, Foxy Digitalis, Visitation Rites, Meme and plenty more.
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