• kemper norton Toll (CD, £10.95)

    label: Front and Follow

    Whereas previous Kemper Norton releases Carn and Loor were located in specific rural locations and the city respectively, Toll takes place offshore, exploring themes of vengeance, destroyed communities, the perils of nostalgia and myth and the concept of home. It is a story of a collision between the lost Cornish kingdom of Lyonesse and the 1967 sinking of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker, both located in the same stretch of ocean off the west coast of Cornwall. The Torrey Canyon incident, where the ship was wrecked on the Seven Stones reef spilling 32 million gallons of crude oil, was one of the worst environmental disasters in the world at the time and featured disastrous government attempts to rescue the situation by, for instance, setting fire to the resultant oil slick. The results are still visible on many Cornish beaches. The drowned land of Lyonesse (or ‘Lethowsow’) features in the story of Tristran and Iseult and is further described in romantic terms in poems by Tennyson and Walter de la Mare, as well as being recreated as a haunted zone in the PC game Dark Age of Camelot. Bells from the lost churches of its capital can still supposedly be heard from beneath the Seven Stones reef. Praise for Kemper Norton “Using such minimal instrumentation as a laptop, harmonium and Casio keyboard, together with various low budget recording equipment, Norton seems to have an extra sensory knack of creating something moving, eerie and somewhat chilling out of almost nothing." – The Wire “The music of Kemper Norton streaks across the ages like a tipsy beach-comber, 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 “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) “Loor (the Cornish word for moon) pulls off the same spiritual trick that Aphex Twin sometimes used to employ in the 90s during more reflective moments, which is to use electronic equipment and modern production methods to capture something of the ancient character of the British Isles without this seeming in any way incongruous. Anyway this is brilliant. And uncanny.” – John Doran, Vice Magazine. Tracklisting 1/Yadnik 2/The Town 3/Sirens 4/Seven Stones 1 5/Black Silk 6/Seven Stones 2 7/Agnes and Louisa 8/Dahut 9/Coming Home 10/Danaoin 11/Seven Stones 3 12/The Tide

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