• kemper norton Loor (double CD, £12.50)

    label: Front and Follow

    Seen as a nocturnal and corrupted sequel to their previous album, Carn (released in 2013 on Exotic Pylon), the album’s creation was inspired by real and imagined cities from childhood, bathed in traditional folk, found sounds and community chants, celebrations and invocations. Loor (which is Cornish for moon) represents the next ambitious transmission in the expanding audio landscape that Kemper Norton are creating. The limited first edition of Loor comes with a second disc entitled ‘Salvaged’ – a collection of rarities from the Kemper Norton archives available on CD for the first time. The songs on Loor are a loose trilogy of nocturnal encounters, searches and awakenings, often with Kemper Norton revisiting old foes from previous albums and encouraging new treacherous encounters. “With each release, each live performance, Kemper has demonstrated increased confidence and adventurousness… the fact of the matter is that Kemper’s music is utterly unique. If that sounds fanciful in an age when some would have us believe the well has run dry… just listen. And believe.” Joseph Stannard (The Wire, NME, Mojo) Norton’s own language, even at this fledgling stage, is startlingly original. The lexicon of unusual folk instrumentation, all traditionally English (presumably Cornish), but remarkable for its unearthly, non-Western scales, is tiled up and funnelled, swirling, through the matrix of electronic music… His music now describes a truly syncretic bridging of folk and electronics…” Matt Ingram, The Wire The music of Kemper Norton streaks across the ages like a tipsy beachcomber, enthusiastically and expertly skipping across time's tide and handpicking an array of instruments, contexts and influences to form what he succinctly describes as "coastal slurtronic folk" - Russell Cuzner, The Quietus. Tracklisting - LOOR 1. Howlsed 2. Ostiaz 3. Velan Dreath 3 4. Cravenvale Round 5. War-barth 6. Requited 7. Cityport of Traps 8. Blue Anchor 9. Helston 91 10. Cameron Estate 11. All Through the Night 12. Lyonesse : Anthem 13. Ostiaz ( reprise) SALVAGED (bonus disc on ltd 1st edition) 1. Departing (from ‘To Mahina’ EP) 2. Meeting (from ‘To Mahina’ EP) 3. Working (from ‘To Mahina’ EP) 4. Ending (from ‘To Mahina’ EP) 5. Helston Music Fair 1992 (from ‘First Season’ collection) 6. Dorcus’ tears (from ‘First Season’ collection) 7. Denaissance (from ‘First Season’ collection) 8. Seaford Terminus (from ‘Wintervals’ EP) 9. Cowfolding (from ‘A23’ EP) 10. Pigmoth (from Knockturns’ EP) 11. Afeard ofemale (from ‘To Iron John’ EP) 12. The bitter dark (from ‘First Season’ collection)

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