Boomkat Product Review:
**Marvellous concept album commenting on and commemorating the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 in the midst of undue patriotism in the jubilee year. Features the unmistakably Lancastrian enunciation of actress Maxine Peak** "1612 Underture is a 12 chapter sound poem based of the mistreatment and memory of the Pendle Witches who were executed in Lancashire, England, on 20 August 1612; Elizabeth Device, James Device, Alizon Device, Anne Whittle (aka Chattox), Anne Redferne. Jane Bulcock, John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt and Jennet Preston, as well as the accused Alice Grey and Elizabeth Southerns (aka Old Demdike) who died while awaiting trial. Although the nucleus of the project is based on historical events, The Eccentronric Research Council identify an uncanny relevance to our current political and social climate - perhaps things haven't changed so much in 400 years. To illustrate, this the album's dialogue bounces between an unspecified contemporary time zone and the events leading up to August 1612, contrasting fictional/factional occurrences around various Pendle Witches whilst being routed by a modern day travelogue to Pendle as seen through the eyes of a Catholic nun and priest. On our journey we encounter 1960s feminist poetry, mythical news stories, a synthesiser folk duet and the raising of a dead witch via a ouija board to curse all that is bad about the Jubilee Year. It's a concept record. Exactly 400 years since the trials and execution of the 12 women now known as The Pendle Witches, a purpose assembled collective of artists, sound designers, experimental pop performers, writers, poets (and one actress) pay homage to the legendary Lancastrian sisterhood."