He's not only one of Manchester's finest guitar players but, Golden Lab thinks, one of the most intuitive and evocative in the world today. This 2LP (with a limited 100-copy run including a bonus third LP of entirely different and equally amazing material) featuring guests including Jon Collin, Nick Mitchell (Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura), Edwin Stevens (Irma Vep) and more, is a stunning example of his creative prowess and features a host of original compositions and improvisations as well as a handful of lesser known covers and traditionals, including some hitherto ignored-by-the-underground Lancashire folk music.
It's far and away the most accomplished (if roughly recorded) psychedelic folk record to have been made in Britain in the last 40 years as far as GLR is concerned. Sitar, guitar, drums, bells, penny whistles, recorders and more gorgeously rough vocal harmonies than you can shake a stick at. We who call ourselves his friends haven't stopped crying since we started listening to it. Time ya got up to speed with what's going on with Lancashire's mellowest lad. Don't hang about.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: I love the sound of a meticulously recorded album, the way the highs and lows mix together, the attack of a good compressor as it activates. This is not that, it is a rough and ready collection of campfire songs and folk odes, and all the better for it. Warming and serene, these tracks are bursting with emotional depth and stylistic intricacy without ever feeling pretentious. Old Wakes is a visceral and highly rewarding journey through traditional and psychedelic folk across the globe, guided by the infinitely talented Mr. Settle.
FORMAT INFORMATION3xLtd LP Info: 3LP gatefold edition, inc. bonus disc (140g vinyl), limited to 100 copies.
2xLP Info: Standard double LP.
When the party’s not there, the band still is – pretty much every Monday for the past 10+ years now – doing it purely for its own reward. Real goose bump shit. Golden Lab feels no smugness in having witnessed this thing in action seven times now (and sat in on one unforgettable occasion). Rather a sense of longing that the rest of the right thinking world could be afforded the same opportunity. But then, isn’t it the inaccessibility that makes it so special?
Live At The Low Beat does much to disprove that theory. The show presented on this LP, recorded to digital handheld recorder and mastered in Manchester, UK by Dom Tanner, took place at a local eatery regularly frequented by the band (the restaurant boasts bottles of BH founder Jackson Wingate’s homemade ‘Flipped Out Records Habanero Death Sauce’ on its tables) on December 4th 2014. It was the first of what, it has been decided, will be an annual Burnt Hills performance outside the basement. Nine of the ten full-time members of the band were in attendance on this night (guitarist Panda was absent) and it’s safe to assume that they were all pretty well smoked, fed and oiled by the time they took to the stage as it doesn’t take long for shit to really fly. Close to 50 minutes in total, this is the most savage, raging, oblivion-bound Burnt Hills set yet committed to wax.
There’s a whole bucketload of sensitive noodling amidst the chaos – along with the obligatory shred – but it’s, of course, the six-guitar pile-up that really takes this crescendo-obsessed troupe of suburban weirdos into the ‘Lord take me now!’ zone. As with the prior two Burnt Hills releases on Golden Lab, we feel blessed to be the label putting this out into the world. In an edition of just 250 copies with stunning psychedelic splurge art by Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura guitarist Dylan Hughes, this is gonna fly far and fast. Grip one while ya can.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd LP Info: EDITION OF 250 COPIES ONLY. 140g vinyl in super heavyweight casebound jackets with black paper inners. Cover art by Dylan Hughes (Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura).
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FORMAT INFORMATIONCD & 7" Info: Full-length CD + 7" single + silk screened art book by illustrator Lucy Jones. Limited to 250 copies.
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