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Erratics & Unconformities is the first album by Craven Faults. It follows three EPs: Netherfield Works, Springhead Works and Nunroyd Works. Long-form analogue electronic journeys across decades and continents, and swathes of post-industrial northern Britain.
The journey on Erratics & Unconformities picks up where Netherfield Works left off. We take the canal towpath out of the city. We fork north shortly afterwards. Is this where it started? The terrain gradually becomes more rugged. Familiar. Wild. Evidence of human activity is less immediate in this glacial landscape. It’s there if you seek it. But easy to ignore. If you listen carefully, you can still hear the weight of the ice-sheet carving its way through the rock.
Everything in its own time. The output from the old textile mill Craven Faults calls home is no longer as linear as it once was. There was no clear start point for the project, rather simply rediscovering the joy in experimentation with no material goals. Some of the recordings that make up Erratics & Unconformities go back almost seven years. Tracks have come and gone in that time. They don’t leave until they’ve undertaken a stringent quality control process. It started slowly, but has picked up momentum in the last eighteen months. Recorded and re-recorded to the correct level of imperfection, and then left to breathe. Mixed and re-mixed. Carefully compiled when the time was right.
The journey is just as important as the destination.
Matt says: Inna kinda Will Bevan / Burial type fiesco, Craven Faults has got us all eagerly scratching our heads trying to work out who this post-industrial-obsessed Northerner could possibly be! The music is phenomenal, conjuring desolate sonic canvasses of a forgotten North. His interest in textile mills and the history of the industrial revolution, alongside other lesser known monuments of northern England show an artist with a keen interest in local history; but his application of these ideas and themes to his musical composition is nothing short of breathtaking. A majestic artist in the making - get to know.
1-1. A1. Vacca Wall (17:37)
1-2. B1. Deipkier (7:55)
1-3. B2. Cupola Smelt Mill (9:13)
1-4. C1. Slack Sley & Temple (18:24)
1-5. D1. Hangingstones (10:29)
1-6. D2. Signal Post (8:33)