Boomkat Product Review:
Frances Castle's Clay Pipe Music label gives up a gorgeous vinyl edition of Jon Brooks' lost-in-Somerset episode, 'Shapwick'.
After accidentally ending up in the small, Thankful Village (they lost no men during WWI) to the west of Glastonbury, in an area criss-crossed with myths, ancient Roman history, and hedges, Brooks was moved to create this album by it's eerie, otherworldly feel, or as he puts it, "I felt a certain energy around the place… It struck me that an album could be based on an imaginary impressions of this area."
And so, in a similar fashion to certain Cotton Goods and David Chatton Barker's Devon or Lancashire Folklore Tapes, he maps a misty sonic journey thru 18 low-lying B-road themes and crepuscular pastoral interzones, quietly, almost eerily, reflecting on the atmosphere of these places which lie in land fertile with unique history and mood, and certainly reminding of the sort of sound scenery often used in the classic Dr. Who sci-fi's and Hammer horror fiction he's soaked up and previously released into the ether on Ghost Box or his Cafe Kaput label. Recommended to all armchair travellers.