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The Inward Circles albums 2017


The Inward Circles

Music CD

Date of Publication: April 2017

Edition of 500

"... our origin holes are covered with stones ..."

(Nathaniel Tarn)

And Right Lines Limit and Close All Bodies is Richard Skelton's third full album as The Inward Circles, following 2015's Belated Movements and 2013's Nimrod. And Right Lines continues his exploration of the materiality of sound and the natural processes of weathering, attrition and decay. The source material for these recordings remains largely the same as his Sustain-Release albums of a decade ago - small stringed instruments, found objects, field recordings - but the compositional process itself couldn't be more different. Whereas the recordings under his own name, or as A Broken Consort, were largely concerned with preserving the clarity of acoustic sound, his work as The Inward Circles is devoted to burial, obfuscation and mythologisation. There is a desire to obliterate, to destroy, and to discover anew. Each sonic artefact is subject to repeated distortions of pitch and timbre, and, as a result, is transformed beyond recognition. Any traces of acoustic sound that remain are little more than ghosts, as the whole recording is suffused with electricity, a kind of telluric current, an overwhelming chthonic energy.

by The Inward Circles

1. Lye not in fear
2. The soul subsisting
3. In an hydropicall body
4. Scaleby, x
5. Nitre of the earth
6. Necks was a proper figure
7. If the nearnesse of our last
8. Scaleby, xi

Total Running Time : 62mins
All titles (except 4 and 8) from Thomas Browne

And Right Lines is accompanied by a digital release entitled Scaleby, which continues Richard's fascination with the funerary landscapes of northern Britain. It can be thought of as a series of salvaged fragments from a single site - an area of peat moorland below the Scottish Borders that, in 1845, yielded the body of an 'ancient Briton', wrapped in what appeared to be the skin of a deer.

And Right Lines is released in April, but is available to pre-order now.

All customers who pre-order And Right Lines before the 20th of March will receive a free download of Scaleby.

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