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Carve The Runes Then Be Content With Silence?

    Erland Cooper’s new album Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence is set for release in June 2024 – 3 years from the day the only master tape was planted deep into the Orkney soil.

    The album is a recording of Cooper’s brand new three-movement composition for solo violin and string ensemble. The work marks the centenary of celebrated Orkney poet George Mackay Brown, as 2021 marks 100 years since his birth.

    Inspired by natural landscapes and ruminating on time, hope, community and patience, the sole recording of the work – on ¼ inch magnetic tape, with the digital files permanently deleted – has been planted to grow and be nurtured or “recomposed” by the earth, before being exhumed and released in three years’ time. Whilst Cooper will not be unearthing the tape until 2024, he has left a trail for anyone to search and find it if they wish. A map with clues to the location of the planting site will be released via his digital platforms. If the planted tape is found, Erland will invite the discoverer to his studio to embark on a journey together for the treasured first listen. It will then be released exactly as it sounds from the earth.

    Erland Cooper says, “Music can so often feel undervalued and for some, being unable to perform live has at times felt like being buried. When an idea forms there is often an urge to share it as quickly as it develops but like spotting a bird, I want to let this fly and land in its own place and time. The work is one part remembrance and one part celebration of a landmark time.” He adds: “The material on the tape may erode naturally, disintegrate and create drops of silence or the peaty soil may preserve it perfectly well. It may or may not get better with age. I may or may not fall out of favour with my composition. Any alterations to the sound and music [when it comes out of the earth] will be reincorporated into the pages of a new score and live performance, as orchestral articulations.”


    Erland Cooper

    Hether Blether

      Erland Cooper is set to release Hether Blether, the third and final album in a trilogy of releases shaped by the islands where he grew up. Hailing from the archipelago of Orkney in Scotland, the contemporary composer and multiinstrumentalist has explored the birdlife (2018’s Solan Goose), sea (2019’s Sule Skerry) and, on Hether Blether, the land, manifesting an immersive collection of music, words and imagery.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Noup Head Ft. Kathryn Joseph, Kevin Cormack, John Burnside And Alex Kozobolis
      2. Rousay
      3. Peedie Breeks Ft. Benge
      4. Skreevar Ft. Marta Salogni
      5. Longhope Ft. Kathryn John, John Burnside & Hiroshi Ebina
      6. Linga Holm
      7. Hildaland
      8. Hether Blether
      9. Hamnavoe
      10. Where I Am Is Here

      Erland Cooper

      Sule Skerry

        Sule Skerry is the second album by Erland Cooper in a triptych shaped by his homeland, Orkney, and in particular by the air, sea and land as it was celebrated by Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown. His debut album, Solan Goose (an album of the year at 6Music, The Quietus, Music OHM and more) portrayed the air, and on Sule Skerry, the multi-instrumentalist turns his attention to the sea. Erland Cooper explains, “It’s a record about the sea, our relationship with the outside world, forces outside of our control but it’s also about creating a nest within that, nurturing and protecting our own sea havens, those sheltered bays, those safe places, as we step in and out, always returning back in some form”

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Enchanted, ambroisial electro-folk meanderings here as Cooper follows up a flurry of albums over the last couple of years. Obviously a man with a lot to say, now that we're listening expect a steady stream of musical conciousness from this skilled artist!

        TRACK LISTING

        Haar
        First Of The Tide
        Sillocks
        Spoot Ebb
        Flattie
        Groatie Buckies
        Creels
        Lump O’ Sea
        Sule Skerry


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