Label: Faraway Press
* LP in black vinyl, includes a duotone printed insert and set of three postcards * Faraway Press, presents Skagafjörður by Andrew Chalk & Timo Van Luijk. Soundtrack to the silent film ‘Skagafjörður’ by Peter Hutton. Originally released on cassette by B.A.A.D.M. Recorded as part of ‘Night of Experimental Film’ event in Ghent, Belgium, 2018 that also saw screenings of Derek Jarman’s ‘The Angelic Conversation’ and performance by Tom James Scott, the recording captures the quintessence of Chalk and Van Luijk’s richly evocative music and the natural mystery of Hutton’s film, which is handily available on YouTube for you to synch with its suggested soundtrack for optimal zoner times. Following a cassette edition in 2020, this vinyl edition gives the performance more room to breathe, with Chalk and Van Lujik’s patented atmospheric magick seeping out from the peripheries to best envelope the listener in their tantalising descriptions of the Icelandic landscape. Chalk & Van Luijk are masters of this kind of layer-within-layer rendering, where you no longer know if you’re listening to vast winds or analogue interference, where harmonic washes are often punctuated with frequency fuckries; feedback, jolts of electricity. The effect is quietly stunning and effortlessly transfixing; like so much of their peerless catalogue.
‘A sea of clouds casting silent shadows on frozen time
A sky of flickering waters curling over the immense permanence
Fractured light shrouded in mist dissolving into shaded pigment
The frontier of solitude melting in the winds of patient eternity.’