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. The series 'We Stayed The Path That Fell To Shadow' runs from the Fall of 2018 to the Summer of 2019.
"Towell does a truly admirable job at redefining listeners’ sense of how a sound-bed or environment can be built out of found sounds. It’s downright painterly. That, if nothing else, demands that adventurous listeners go tracking this down. Whether or not it’s an accurate depiction of Towell’s abode is for him and his wife to decide. What I know is that this stuff is far from empty. It’s sparse but teeming with context." - (Justin Vellucci) MUSIC TAP / SWORDFISH BLOG
"Spheruleus weaves a homespun magic here. Splayed-out guitar chords mingle with random sounds and makeshift beats. Acoustic melodies form a loose kind of experimental folk, but there’s some kind of disoriented structure inside the music, too. It gets to where it’s going, but it rarely, if ever, walks a straight line." - (James Catchpole) FLUID RADIO
"A very collage driven album as a whole in the way the components are put together. Short snippets of acoustic guitar, general household sounds, subtle ambience, percussive devices and space and time where the notes and sounds can breathe are integral to the album’s success." - DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING
‘Light Through Open Blinds’ is the 6th album in our ongoing Lost Tribe Sound “Fell To Shadow” Series. It’s the newest full-length from Lincolnshire, UK based artist, Spheruleus (aka Harry Towell). The album was created as a kind of sonic journal, as Towell strived to document the sounds of his house after he and his wife became home owners in September 2016. These experiments have lead to one of the most catchy, personal, and homespun albums of his career.
Towell’s Spheruleus project has explored a wide array of musical moods over the years. A particular favorite of ours was his 2015 release, ‘Peripheres’ for Eilean Records. That album crept into our hearts with its intimate acoustic instrumentation and liberal use of head-nodding micro rhythms, seemingly constructed from every found sound at his disposal including the kitchen sink. When Spheruleus first shared this approach, it came to us with an instant dose of nostalgia, reminiscent of the heyday of electro-acoustic bedroom oddities during the late 90’s/early 2000’s. That time period introduced us to acts and labels like The Remote Viewer, Xela, City Centre Offices, Skyphone, Moteer and many more, which served as huge inspiration in the formation of Lost Tribe Sound.
Upon first hearing, ‘Light Through Open Blinds’ we were astounded by the intricate detail Towell was able to pour into each composition. Towell gave a great deal of thought to every aspect of the album, even the track names draw influence from a particular object, street, room or event from in and around his home and the sounds are all made from house-hold articles, chance happenings, acoustic instruments and vinyl samples. The bulk of the melody was made using instruments as sound sources, with the main two being an old out of tune piano at a local village pub in which he works occasionally and a 30 year old guitar handed down to him by his dad. Though other instrumentation takes center stage from time to time including zither, violin, harmonica, glockenspiel, bugle and bongo drums.
Much of the record sees Towell’s style veer away from electro-acoustic drones in favor of a lo-fi sound similar to that of ‘Peripheres’. Knowing how much we loved ‘Peripheres’ lead to conversations of Towell and LTS working together on the new album. Towell began sending LTS completed versions of each song as he worked, along with his thoughts and processes behind them. Typically, a new song would arrive each month or so as ‘Light Through Open Blinds’ took shape. Towell collected each of these short stories as he went. These writing gave deeper meaning to the rich experience already provided by the audio. These personal accounts will come as a digital document along with the album. The entries below, provide further insight into the first few songs made public from ‘Light Through Open Blinds.’
Spheruleus has created something extraordinary, intelligent, and honest with ‘Light Through Open Blinds’. It elevates the work of early contemporaries in the genre. With Towell’s keen sense of melody, space and rhythm, the album fuses elements of lo-fi, downtempo, jazz, electronic and ambient into an unabashed and cohesive whole. It also marks the first time Towell’s music has ever been pressed to vinyl. ‘Light Through Open Blinds’ will be available digitally and as a very limited run of 180gm audiophile vinyl, produced using the lacquer cut method. The vinyl comes housed in a beautifully textured, reverse print sleeve. Each is hand-numbered and limited to only 100 editions, with no repressings or second editions.
This sleepy piece was produced during the first Christmas in my new home. It features various 'festive debris' including the sound of drink being poured, tea being brewed/poured, the foil from gold chocolate coins, rattling coffee beans and also, a looping piano recording of an old piano at my local village pub, recorded when everyone had left before I locked up.
This track was recorded the day after my brother's wedding, with the guitar chords being played using a small pin that held the buttonhole flower to my suit. Percussion and the beats were made by 'beat slicing' a recording of old afro/electronic vinyl. Sizzles from meat cooking on the barbecue were also included alongside guitar, strings and other vinyl samples. The track title is inspired by the wedding service with its key message to take away for any new marriage and the congregation: ‘wear love as your basic all-purpose garment’. This was a verse from Bible in the book of Colossians, so I took off the ‘s’ away to make the title less literal and more to describe someone who might follow this principle in the home and elsewhere.
-Water Lane- (May)
Water Lane is the name of the street adjacent to mine but it's also a place marker to remind me of a potential road I could have gone down where my circumstances may have been different. The track itself is quieter and more reflective than the rest of the album as the juxtaposition of heavy Autumn rain plays simultaneously with the sounds of the first summers day of the year as children play outdoors, bird sing etc. These sounds were captured with the windows open during some home decorating as well as in the studio whilst the instruments were being recorded. If you listen carefully you can hear me brushing fresh gloss into the skirting board.
Winnowers is a piece created at the very beginning of spring, as the nights began to get lighter and thoughts turn to the warmer months that lie ahead. Every year this turn in season usually results in us sifting through our belongings and moving on anything that is no longer useful, throwing things out that are broken and just spring cleaning in general. The track is predominantly guitar and strings set to a lazy downtempo beat crafted from household objects and noises. There are lots of field recordings in this track including the sound of coat hangers in the wardrobe as we sifted through clothes to see whether there's anything that can be sent off to charity. You can also hear the buttons of the microwave, a broken smoke alarm that was installed when the house was built, the sound of glasses being tapped inside a cupboard and the sound of a dining chair being scraped along the kitchen tiles.