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Clockdust

    Having waited 17 years for Drift Code, some may be surprised at Clockdust’s swift arrival, but the album’s roots can be found in the same extended sessions. “Early on I realised I had two albums worth of material,” Webb explains. “The first tunes I wrote were electric guitar based, with long arrangements that built up in layers to something sonically quite dense. These became the bulk of Drift Code. As a reaction, I wrote a batch of songs that were tighter in their structure but had more feeling of space. These make up the bulk of Clockdust.”

    Once he’d identified each song’s greater role, Webb took pains to ensure the albums would stand alone. “Through the year of mixing and releasing Drift Code,” he continues, “I made a conscious effort not to listen to Clockdust. It became some long-lost twin everybody had forgotten. There was an older, wiser atmosphere to it, more cinematic, but in a romantic way”.

    Clockdust draws upon an armoury of instruments, some, like the euphonium, unfamiliar in such contexts, and plenty – the kokoriko, the okónkolo – with even more unfamiliar names. Each track, too, indicates Webb’s fondness for the path less travelled, its twists and turns at first jarring but soon intuitive. That they’re embellished by a voice which has seemingly endured many lifetimes emphasises their mysterious nature. That its recording was soundtracked by Jacques Brel, Jet Harris and Kurt Weill no doubt contributed too. That many songs are inspired by old movies enhances their ageless atmosphere yet further.

    Lead single “Jackie’s Room” is about a dysfunctional yet romantic relationship in which the protagonist believes “as long as she’s desired, she’ll never grow old” and the resulting track sways with the grace of its aging seductress. “I think of the album as containing stories from people who’ve reached their present situation through many years of experiences,” Webb says.

    Idiosyncratic and quietly haunting, Clockdust is seeped in sepia-tinted nostalgia, “a powerful force of nature,” Webb states, “up there with love and desire”. The album blurs the boundaries between past and present. Webb insists that he prefers to live in the here and now, but in looking back he’s found a magical, mesmerising manner in which to forge a path forward: for him, for his music, and for his audience.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

    Out Of Season - Vinyl Reissue

      Out of Season is the extraordinary album recorded by Portishead singer Beth Gibbons & former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb (under the pseudonym Rustin Man). The album also features contributions from Gibbons’ fellow Portishead bandmate Adrian Utley.

      A departure from both previous bands, it is a distinctive mix of folk and jazz styles with a very contemporary twist, with influences ranging from Billie Holiday, and Nick Drake: to Burt Bacharach and the dark and tragic presence of Dusty Springfield. The atmospheric material lent itself to soundtrack qualities – the track Mysteries appears on the original soundtrack of the French movie ‘Les Poupées Russes’ and in Wim Wenders’ ‘Palermo Shooting’.

      Rustin’ Man (Paul Webb) released his critically-acclaimed new album in February 2019. Originally released in October 2002, Out of Season has been out of print on LP for many years. Now available again, remastered at Abbey Road with original artwork, pressed on heavyweight vinyl.

      Rustin Man

      Drift Code

        Rustin Man aka Paul Webb announces his return. Webb, formerly the bass player in Talk Talk, releases his new album ‘Drift Code’ via Domino.

        Recorded at his Essex home, a converted barn three miles from the nearest village, the record has a warm, wise kind of euphoria to it, coupled with an acute sense of storytelling and surreality.

        Webb has released one record under the moniker Rustin Man so far - the superb ‘Out Of Season’ in 2002, a collaboration with Beth Gibbons of Portishead.

        “Like Robert Wyatt, Webb finds the sweet spot between the playful and the mournful” - Loud & Quiet.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Deluxe LP Info: Deluxe heavyweight black vinyl LP with 12” photo print
        plus 4-page booklet and digital download card.


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