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Craven Faults

Standers - The Pennine Edition

    This is the Pennine Edition - unique to a selection of shops in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria - all formats include an exclusive embroidered patch.

    Standers is the second full-length album by Craven Faults. It follows a trilogy of long sold out EPs, 2020’s Erratics & Unconformities LP, the Enclosures mini-album and a series of studio performances entitled Live Works.

    Meticulously curated, each release moves the Craven Faults story forward. Each one a self-contained analogue electronic journey across northern Britain, viewed through the lens of a century in popular music. Studios, venues and movements. Technology and ingenuity. Vibrations. Lines drawn to connect those moments of inspiration.

    On Standers, there’s a sonic shift. A new palette to paint from and further refinement of the craft. We’re no longer exclusively travelling overland. Familiar landscapes are viewed from a different perspective. There’s a growing obsession in how this island came to look the way it does, and how its ancient and modern history affects its current population. Landscapes shaped by the elements, and then by countless conquerors and settlers. Livestock and machinery. Money, religion and politics.


    Barry says: Craven Faults' releases don't stick around for long, it's both incredibly evocative and endlessly rich synth work that people just can't get enough of (myself included). That in mind, it's safe to say if you like any sort of hypnotic oscillations or saturated slo-mo cosmic ambient etc, then this is absolutely for you. Another triumph.


    A1. Hurrocstanes (16:32)
    B1. Severals (7:55)
    B2. Meers & Hushes (12:21)
    C1. Sun Vein Strings (18:18)
    D1. Idols & Altars (7:07)
    D2. Odda Delf (10:06)

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    Live Works

      Individually numbered double 12” limited to 1,000 copies, with postcard and download code in raw die cut sleeve. One-off pressing, available to indie shops only.

      Live Works is Craven Faults’ first foray into live performance.

      Pressed to vinyl by public demand, this double 12” collects three previously released live and extended versions of Craven Faults studio tracks, and one brand new unreleased track entitled ‘Ravelands Brow’.

      Recorded and filmed during lockdown in the old textile mill Craven Faults calls home, this acts as proof of concept. Proof that these shadowy analogue journeys can translate live. Proof that a fixed start point, and set of rough coordinates is all that’s required. The destination is never the same.

      We start north of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. We attempt to retrace our steps. The map gets us so far, until the scenery is no longer familiar. It’s not clear when we diverged from our original course, but the views are spectacular. Sheer cliffs. Ominous skies. The air is close. We go further back. The very beginning; Düsseldorf, Köln and The San Francisco Tape Music Centre. There’s been plenty of water under the bridge since then. The journey is significantly longer. The river is in full flood, and we follow it all the way to the sea this time. And then we’re back in the room, and the studio building once again echoes to the rhythm of the loom, recreated by 1970s drum machine technology. The working day is lost in ascending patterns. The evening sees us break new ground to the north-west. The sun is low in the sky but the heat remains. Dale after dale until there are no more to cross. Hazy. Familiar, yet different. Euphoric almost.


      Matt says: One of our favourite synth technicians of recent times offers up a highly personal live recording. Revelling in the dystopian beauty of post-industrial Yorkshire; a singular and visionary artist we're delighted to journey with on his ascension.


      A. Eller Ghyll (19:06)
      B. Deipkier (19:13)
      C. Slack Sley & Temple (18:58)
      D. Ravelands Brow (18:19)

      This mini-album is Craven Faults’s second vinyl release on The Leaf Label.
      Thirty-seven minutes of music over three epic tracks - longform analogue electronic journeys across the north of England.

      Enclosures follows Craven Faults’ debut album Erratics & Unconformities. These 37 minutes of music are the start of the next journey. New terrain and more refined methods of travel. Dark clouds gathering.

      We’re out of the blocks quickly. German engineering carries us swiftly across the moors on a Saturday night rendezvous. Two almost identical mushroom shaped rocks are the destination. There’s evidence of previous rituals carried out. Two hours due north we go in search of the power source. Cascading. An experiment in performance over a fixed point. Tape loops recorded in 1967 at The Philadelphia College of Art. Woodwind purchased from a charity shop in Yeadon. The concept of work was forgotten. We’re back on the millstone grit of the Mid Craven Fault for an exercise in simplification. Familiar territory. Sometimes the theory isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and there’s still power in hammering a single note over two chords – a lesson learnt from the American South in the late 40s and early 50s and boiled down in the late 60s. Olympic Sound Studios, April 1967. The Hit Factory, April 1969.

      On Erratics & Unconformities, Craven Faults often found a calm inner space in the vistas. Here the tensions of the early EPs return, with a focus on how human ‘progress’ has impacted and shaped the landscape. How the land was divided now shapes our present and future, and retracing that journey is particularly pertinent.


      X1. Doubler Stones (10.20)
      X2. Hard Level Force (8.42)
      O. Weets Gate (17.16)

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      Erratics & Unconformities

      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: In a 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, glacial electronics conjuring desolate sonic canvasses of a forgotten North.


      3CD:    2LP:
      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)

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