Inspired by the windswept Scottish highlands, ‘Marram’ is three things:
Will Bolton’s new album for Fluid Audio, a long grass that holds sand dunes together and a palindrome…
Born of loops taken from vintage classical records, with parts sourced from classical guitar, glockenspiel, chime bars and analogue monosynth, ‘Marram’ also features clarinet by Edward Farrow and violin by Christoph Berg.
These crackling drones and overlapping textures form both a development and departure for Bolton, with an uncharacteristic absence of field recordings. Instead, it sees a confident expansion into densely arranged modern classical/electro-acoustic elements.
Immersive, layered and moving, ‘Marram’ is a maudlin calm to an inner dialogue’s storm.
Limited to 150 copies:
Letter-pressed 4 panel Somerset Cotton covers
Letter-pressed Somerset Cotton belly band
Hand typed-numbered tags
Vintage 1930s-40s-50s original maps of Scotland
Vintage 1940s-50s original photo slides of Scotland
Distressed glassine bags
Glass mastered CD
Dried flowers (Red Rowan)
released May 11, 2015
Music: Wil Bolton
Guests: Christoph Berg & Edward Farrow
Mastering: James Plotkin
Design: Daniel Crossley
In Bokeh, Wil Bolton patiently crafted six tracks, where processed field recordings and reverberated synthesizers melodies are carefully balanced.
Chimes, bar-like talks, distant traffic or whispers from the wind frame the story of this release in a very small location. We are only one step away from saying that the artist takes us in his privacy with Bokeh ; and I'll go for it.
Very personal and sensitive, this album takes place behind the closed doors of Bolton's near environment.
Let's put it this way- this is simply one of our favourite works ever!...A collection of variations on a theme that drift by, perfuming the air, or that stop a moment to whisper you a story. Evocative in its sparse beauty, We are sure this will been the permanent playlist always, right alongside Arvo Part's "Alina" and offthesky's "Silent went the Sea" ....ss/tm/am editions vaché