Tip! *100 copies limited edition. In process of stocking* From A Harbour Softly Drawn & Andrew Wild, is the inaugural release from newly established Glasgow-based experimental label, 4th Ward Private Press. As much as the works herein superficially pull in different sonic directions within minimalist composition, both share a macro/micro concern, fluidly shifting focus between expansive, spacious composition and granular, material detail.
From A Harbour Softly Drawn is a new project from Scottish musician Fraser McGowan. Expanding upon McGowan’s explorations of textural, slowly evolving ambience under the Caught In The Wake Forever moniker, as developed through releases on the Archives, Dronarivm & Fluid Audio labels, Blank Spots is a warm, meditative mix of drifting synthesizers, abstracted guitars and flickering modular electronics. A salve for those early mornings and heady nights, Blank Spots provides eighteen minutes of zoned-out, blanketed bliss.
The flip side of this split 12” presents a new sound-based work from West Yorkshire-based artist, and curator of the Crow Versus Crow label, Andrew Wild. Produced in correlation to Wild’s visual artwork, TEKEL (Seven Sisters) is a collage-like composition of field recordings and non-instrumental improvisations recorded using a Zoom H2 hand-held recorder, taken in Sowerby Bridge (West Yorkshire), Rochdale (Greater Manchester) and Reykjavik (Iceland) between 2016 and 2018. Cut and spliced together without any processing, effects or sonic treatment, TEKEL (Seven Sisters) is a delicately layered, tactile work of scenic vignettes, that explores ideas of Place and aesthetic response to Matter.
From A Harbour Softly Drawn & Andrew Wild is released as a limited-edition of 100 vinyl records and digital download. The vinyl edition is pressed on 180 gram 12” black vinyl, held in a black poly-lined sleeve, and housed in a 320gsm full-colour printed card sleeve, featuring photography by Andrew Wild. This release was mastered for vinyl by Taylor Deupree.