Richard Skelton Landings
On his second album under his own name, Richard Skelton creates a mournful music that is directly informed by the landscape, specifically the moorlands of Anglezarke (in Lancashire, UK), but which is also elegiac to his late wife, Louise. Though site-specific pieces (in the ruins of old farmhouses and so on) were later abandoned in favor of recordings inspired by the location, Landings is still partially derived from Anglezarke. Skelton collected small stones, bark, and other ephemera from the environment that he would later use as sound sources or plectra. Landings entered the public domain as an online diary (of the recording process), but very much remains the sound of private ritual, loaded with personal significances. It is a privilege to hear.
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