Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Mark Barton - In Memoriam



We were very sorry to learn that Mark Barton passed away yesterday.
Mark was an exciting and unique music reviewer whose eccentric and personal writings brought a wealth of eclectic musical discoveries to our ears. We were touched by his kind words about the Black Meadow Archive last month.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Take a moment to donate to Cancer Research, have a read of his reviews and hug your family close to you.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

7 Years... 7 beautiful things...

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6 days to go before the release... A huge thanks to Kev Oyston and Colin Morrison for my Black Meadow Archive LP. It is beautiful. and wonderfully designed by Phil Heeks. I thought I'd take the opportunity to celebrate this lovely universe Kev and I have been exploring since 2013. It has been a fantastic journey you lovely man.

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...

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"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 

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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.

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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.