• beneath fire & smoke Sometimes (7", £4.15)

    label: Battered Ornaments

    Peter Hedley’s Beneath Fire & Smoke project makes its debut with this beautifully sculptured and experimental record that defies categorisation. Written, recorded and produced by Pete somewhere between South East London and his parents’ home in the Welsh countryside, Beneath Fire & Smoke is the amalgamation of a classical training, a mammoth record collection and boundless enthusiasm. Hypnotically wonky, this single is a sneaky peak into one of the most varied and experimental musical scrapbooks you are likely to hear. Infused with Krautrock sensibilities, aching classical flourishes and a healthy dose of skewed electronica, it is difficult to pigeonhole this record into any contemporary mainstream genre. Coupled with an ‘organic’ live set that veers from fully blown band backing to a one-man-beat-heavy electronic headf*ck or simply layer-upon-layer of repetitive violin, Voice Of The Seven Woods and All Traps Set collaborator Pete has produced some of the most original and alluring music Battered Ornaments has heard for a very long time - also earning himself a small but cult following. This strictly limited to 500 copies only hand numbered 7” artefact is the second release from the bespoke Battered Ornaments label, headed by Doug Shipton (Finders Keepers/Delay 68) - a label with a DIY aesthetic producing lovingly made limited vinyl runs of off-kilter independent music housed in jaw dropping sleeves created by top artists and graphic designers. This release comes housed in a sleeve courtesy of designer and DJ Tim Watkins

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