Sunday, 19 January 2020

"There's dark magic up on those moors." Electronic Sound Review - The Black Meadow Archive Volume 1

Superb review and interview with The Soulless Party's Kev Oyston in this month's Electronic Sound... lovely extract here...


"Some artists create a distinctive sound, others magic up an accompanying persona and backstory. Kev Oyston and Chris Lambert have gone one further: their Black Meadow project has seized control of an area of the North York Moors and used it as the backdrop for a deliberately confusing, unsettling multimedia mix of disturbing folklore and Cold War paranoia.
"...the story is set out in the shadow of an early warning ballistic missile station at RAF Fylingdales where a mysterious village, trapped in a pre-industrialised web of sinister superstition, appears sporadically from the mist. "The Village Under The Lake" is a sweeping orchestral overture with banks of synthetic, otherworldly choirs, impressively echoing the cinema work of John Williams. Meanwhile, "Ghost Planes" reverts to haunted type with the crackle of analog MOD communications and the rumble of discontented synths soundtracking investigations into a mysterious aircraft seemingly spiralling backwards through time. "Song Of The Meadow Bird" is a disquieting pastoral delight, all ersatz harpsichords and flutes, the half forgotten theme to some spooky 1970s BBC children’s drama."

Bob Fischer, Electronic Sound Issue 61, January 2020 


The Black Meadow Archive - Book Bundle Pre-Orders - Sold Out!

Whilst we slept on the morning of  17th January, Colin Morrison, the head honcho of Castles in Space, set up the pre-orders for the Black Meadow Archive LP and Book. Within a few hours all 50 book bundles were sold out. A huge congratulations and thanks to Castles in Space for their hard work and support.

The Vinyl LP is still available for pre-order and will be on sale on January 31st.
The book will be launched on 31st January.

Make your pre-orders here.


Monday, 23 December 2019

The Black Meadow Archive - Volume 1 - Fortean Times Review

The Black Meadow Archive - Volume 1 - Out in Late January. 

 The Fortean Times describes it as "a beautiful collection of surreal and grisly folk tales..." they also say that "both Lambert and Oyston are masters at blurring the lines between genuine folk tales (both ancient and modern) and outright invention..."

Sunday, 22 December 2019

The Black Meadow Archive - Volume 1 - Coming Very Soon

The mist has risen. The cry of the Meadow Hag echoes across the North York Moors, mingling with the hum of a distant but unseen aeroplane. Vast swathes of whispering heather and blackberry are overshadowed by three huge white spheres. All who wander here may find themselves deliciously lost. This is the Black Meadow.

Located within forgotten files hidden inside a locked filing cabinet, in a disused storeroom deep in the cellars of Whitehall, these tales can finally see the light of day. Adapted from the original Brightwater notes, historical records and Roger Mullins’ diaries, these lost tales of the Black Meadow shed light on some of the darkest and strangest phenomena ever recorded.

From Chris Lambert, author of Tales from the Black Meadow and Wyrd Kalendar comes this new collection of haunting tales that walk the boundaries between reality and the unknown. 

The book and album will be released on January 31st 2020.
More details will follow soon.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Songs from the Black Meadow - The End...

We are very proud to announce that Songs from the Black Meadow - The Album has SOLD OUT.

This album was created by a group of artists from around the world to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Save the Children. It was released by Mega Dodo in 2016.

The album raised  £1381.49 for the two charities.

The album garnered very positive reviews with Record Collector calling it a "deeply involving and atmospherically congruent undertaking"; DC Rock Live stated that it "was a great pleasure to listen to" and House of Prog called "a legend for a new kind of perception."

Songs from the Black Meadow

This is the end for the physical release of the album however you are able to download it on Bandcamp for £5 (proceeds go to Cancer Research UK) and it will also be available on various streaming services soon.

You can also buy the accompanying book which contains the exclusive Black Meadow tale: "A Minstrel Came out of the Meadow" as well as the lyrics from the various songs on the album. All profits from the sale of the book go to Worldwide Cancer Research.

You can take a look at the adventure of putting it all together back in 2014 on the Songs from the Black Meadow Blog.

I would like to the opportunity to thank John Blaney from Mega Dodo for his tremendous energy, support and vision. I would like to thank all of the contributing artists (do check out their various sites and sounds by clicking on their names...) for their incredible work: The Hare and the Moon, Alison O'Donnell, Wyrdstone, The Rowan Amber Mill, Angeline Morrison, Keith Seatman, Winterberry, The Implicit Order, Elena Martin, The Soulless Party, Eastgreen, Lost Trail, Emily Jones, Joseph Curwen, Kid Moxie, Mervyn Williams, Theale Green School and Septimus Keen.

We are in the process of making a new charity album to accompany "Wyrd Kalendar" which you can find out more about here...

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Otherworldly - The Black Meadow at the British Museum

Otherworldly: Folk Horror Revival at the British Museum

We are very excited by this new publication from Wyrd Harvest Press. Otherworldly is a lovely celebration of the Folk Horror Revival event at the British Museum, with interviews and talks from the likes of Shirley Collins, Reece Shearsmith, Iain Sinclair and Gary Lachman AND it contains a new piece of Black Meadow lore (concerning Roger Mullins) that you won't find anywhere else... Go for it Black Meadow completists! 

All profits from the sale of the book go to Wildlife Trust charities. 

You can buy it here