Richards. J.V.M. & Kelly. I.A. first collaborated over twenty years ago fashioning soundtracks for experimental theatre on a beat up Atari in Ancoats, Manchester. When their paths converged once more in 2011 Richards was touting his compositions for film and T.V. and Kelly was digging ditches on a Shropshire country estate. A mutual admiration for cake and strong tea eventually led to an 18 month wrestling match with what was to become their new release “Something Remained”. Richards and Kelly have teased together a kaleidoscope of an aural landscape evoking the first half of the 20th century, a soundtrack to a dream of England.
Combining their varying abilities on a collection of instruments these original vignettes are peppered with slithers of sonic memory and are woven together into a warm and familiar blanket, as patched as the small fields that the work brings to mind.
Like a signal from an imagined past the morse of this music beeps through the conscious, awakening the senses and stirring the ghosts.
Smell the hay, the dust warming on the bar fire and the hot oil of the shivery Villiers engine. Feel the salty sea chill and look skyward for gull or kite. drift into the ocean of sound waves, and dream your dream, your own dream of England
released May 12, 2014
Written, played and produced by Iain Kelly and Justin Richards.
Bull fiddle: Nick Mather
Mastered by Jon Astley
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