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"Due in the spring is the new LP from Jon Brooks - 'Autres Directions', inspired by trips to France. Beautiful ambient electronics and field recording."

 

http://www.claypipemusic.co.uk/

 

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I'm sure it sounds okay but the accompanying PR is as pretentious as Eno.

 

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I have a natural affinity with France, which seems to span a large proportion of my adult life. This
album is based directly on experiences, feelings and emotions garnered from times spent fairly
recently in Brittany and Normandy, on different occasions.
There’s a certain feeling, when you enter a rural French village on an Autumn mid-afternoon. It’s a
slower pace of life than we’re generally used to; the Centre Ville can feel deserted, as many of the
inhabitants are, ironically, away on holiday. As the village church clock tolls, it strikes home a
simplicity, a purity of existence that couldn’t really exist elsewhere.
There’s a feeling of unabashed romance upon waking up in the early morning, opening a window
onto a field of fog, as the sun hasn’t quite started to rise; with the only real movement belonging to
a car headlight in the distance, making a journey to somewhere undisclosed.
Whenever I’m travelling, I take with me a means of recording ambience and constantly listen out
for interesting situations where sound can be captured and transformed. Field recordings play a
significant part in the tapestry of the album. The textures underpin, envelop and frame the work,
adding a sense of context and grain.
I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted the textures and atmospheres to be on an equal
footing to the melodies. The ‘wake up’ music which begins the album, I composed as a piece that
could, theoretically, be played by a ferry company to wake passengers upon their early morning
arrival into dock, over the small speakers installed in ferry cabins. To create the atmosphere, I took
the recorded piece onto a ferry, bound for France, and played it back in the cabin over a speaker,
capturing the playback with a microphone, allowing the sound and reverberant space of the ferry
cabin to influence the ambience of the piece.
Other ways of bringing the ambience of situations into the recorded pieces involved playing back
textures (that I’d created electronically in the studio) in various places (disused barns, country
lanes etc) and capturing them again on a microphone and building pieces around those
atmospheres. I also noticed that, preparing to leave the ferry, there were various metallic pitched
drones that just seemed to hang in the air, combining naturally with idling car engines - these
became music and it was from these distinct pitches that I added complimentary electronic textures
around them.
I also liked the idea that various people that I encountered on my travels could be featured on the
record. For example, the woman who owned a Boulangerie in one of the villages probably didn't
realise that she would become part of a recording, but fragments of her voice can be heard,
contributing a distinct texture.
All of this leads to, for me, an interaction between the studio and the elsewhere; bringing two
distinct worlds closer together, to form an impressionistic aural painting that lives and breathes in a
manner that hopefully puts the listener in a situation where they can feel these experiences in quit a tangible way.
 
Pre-orders 7th April 2017
Release date 5th May 2017
 
12" Mist coloured vinyl LP
Reverse board cover.
500 hand numbered copies,
with download code in sleeve.
£16.99 
 
 

 

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for the life of me, I can't find a photo of what Jon actually looks like online.  just the close up of his eye on discogs.

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beautiful ambient sounds interspersed with field recordings is totally my thing right now. i really loved his incredible last record, so looking forward to this too. 

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for the life of me, I can't find a photo of what Jon actually looks like online.  just the close up of his eye on discogs.

 

 

 

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This is out tomorrow.

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Orange Vinyl on 9th June.

 

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for the life of me, I can't find a photo of what Jon actually looks like online.  just the close up of his eye on discogs.

 

 

 

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Holy shit, I had no idea King of Woolworths and Jon Brooks were one and the same. Mind. Blown.

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listened to this today and meh. i'm really not enjoying these last few albums by jon like walberswick, 52 or shapwick. i love the quality of his field recording though

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He has another digital album called Agri Montana releasing in July on Cafe Kaput bandcamp:

 

"A 7-track ambient album based around alpine landscapes, altitudes and farming"

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I'd be tempted to buy this if I could at least hear some of it on Spotify or something. No such luck.

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