on life, music etc beyond mainstream

Now, after the radio show, the car ride. EPIC45 playing on cd, their new album WEATHERING. This record will run all night long. It is a long car ride. Everything on the verge of falling apart in their songs,  the birdsong,  the church bells in the distance.  Old damaged synthesizers (dying sounds like a gift from heaven), violins never sugaring the songs, softly intruding, softly disappearing. Here, the end of the world is Staffordshire. Your town always has a name, a list of former lovers,  a map of  nearly forgotten places: go there, and you know how it feels to be a ghost. Demons,  curses and laughter.  EPIC45 are masters of whispering. It is an old art: in their record collection we should find Talk Talk, Bark Psychosis, some early Syd Barrett stuff.  Ben Holton and Rob Glover  avoid big gestures: even in their most catchy moments, they are prepared to dissolve into air. Like a dying breed. These songs are lullabies for grown-ups that, strange enough, do not lull you into sleep: they keep you awake; there is always a  glass of fine Merlot for your favourite ghost.  Catch a pale memory and turn it into a song:   hush, baby, hush. If you go to heaven in a car, be sure you´re drugged up with campfire songs.   Everything merges with  foggy shades.  The houses of your childhood have to keep their dusk.  Listening to EPIC45, is a wonderful affair. Tears are allowed to run, you drink miserable coffee, you´re running on empty. But, the funniest thing of all, at some point, you start smiling. Rewind. Peace out.

„There is a long tradition of pastoral music capturing a quintessential Englishness, running from Vaughan Williams through the English folk tradition to more recent names like Robert Wyatt and Talk Talk. Further down this line you’ll find Epic45.“ (monoeits)

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