Kemper Norton - Loor

We proudly present the new album from Kemper Norton – Loor, released 27.10.14.

Seen as a nocturnal and corrupted sequel to their previous album, Carn (released last year on Exotic Pylon), the album’s creation was inspired by real and imagined cities from childhood, bathed in traditional folk, found sounds and community chants, celebrations and invocations. Loor (which is Cornish for moon) represents the next ambitious transmission in the expanding audio landscape that Kemper Norton are creating.

The limited first edition of Loor comes with a second disc entitled ‘Salvaged’ – a collection of rarities from the Kemper Norton archives available on CD for the first time.  The collection is also available to download.


The songs on Loor are a loose trilogy of nocturnal encounters, searches and awakenings, often with Kemper Norton revisiting old foes from previous albums and encouraging new treacherous encounters.

Kemper Norton previously appeared on F&F in the Collision/Detection series and as part of the Outer Church compilation.

Last year Kemper Norton were featured in The Wire alongside Hacker Farm and IX Tab (whose album is out soon on Exotic Pylon), and was interviewed by The Quietus (read closely for the first sturrings of Loor).

Lutine - White Flowers

Lutine's debut album, White Flowers, is released on Monday 29th September and is now available to pre-order from the F&F shop and bandcamp.

The 1st edition CD is limited to just 300 copies, in gatefold sleeve with booklet and inserts (check out some more photos here).

You can now download Sallow Tree from all good online stores including Boomkat, iTunes and Amazon.

If you are a Wire subscriber you can also hear an exclusive track from the album on the latest Below the Radar comp.

Lutine debut with Sallow Tree

Every now and then you hear something which completely blows you away.

We came across Lutine performing at Joseph Stannard’s OuterChurch last year, and were immediately mesmerised by Heather and Emma's vocals, drawn in by the perfect songwriting. Now less than a year later and they have produced something very very special.  Of course, we would say that, but take a listen…

We are delighted to present Sallow Tree, the debut single by Lutine and the first track from their forthcoming album White Flowers.

Sallow Tree is a download-only single, available on Monday 25th August. 

Formed last year in Brighton, Lutine are already establishing themselves are a mesmerising live act through a handful of shows (for the likes of Joseph Stannard’s The Outer Church and recent supports for Kristen McClement and unlikely bedfellows Stephen O’Malley) and have now translated their minimal, fragile and evocative sound onto record for the first time.

“Flawless harmonies, layered across both traditional and original songs that frequently seethe with a honeyed menace.”
- Joseph Stannard, The Wire

Their debut album, White Flowers, is released on Front & Follow on 29th September – more news on that very soon…

Pye Corner Audio - The Black Mist EP

**OUT NOW** 

Limited stock via the F&F shop...

We are delighted to announce The Black Mist EP by Pye Corner Audio - the next phase is our on-going collaborations with The Outer Church.

The EP features an extended mix of the title track Black Mist (the original featured on last year’s Outer Church compilation), new track Bulk Erase and a remix of Black Mist by fellow OC collaborators Old Apparatus.

The EP is released on Monday 18th August* as a limited edition (of 500) 12” on 180g vinyl, and to download digitally.

PRE-ORDER NOW from our ONLINE SHOP and our BANDCAMP page.  The EP will be available through all major physical and online shops upon release as well.
And look out for more tracks and some live dates to come...

The Black Mist EP

Pye Corner Audio is the audio recovery project of the Head Technician, a mysterious and studious figure who has developed the ability to travel sideways through time and space via a) the use of rewired analogue recording equipment and b) the judicious application of moss and fog. Alongside the self-released Black Mill Tapes research series (recently collected on vinyl and CD by Type Records), the Head Technician has released music through Dekorder, Type, The Tapeworm and Boomkat Editions, not to mention a full-length album, Sleep Games, on Ghost Box. Earlier this year, he was coaxed out of the lab and indeed the British Isles to join Mogwai on their European tour, where he took considerable pleasure in sampling the lichen of foreign lands. The Head Technician claims not to know where the bodies are buried, but would be happy to show you his reels.

Old Apparatus were specially selected by the Head Technician to remix Black Mist and turn in a distressed version very much in keeping with their rusted iron aesthetic. A collective formed of shady individuals most often found muttering obscure invocations in the low-rent drinking dens of North East London, their stubbornly uncategorisable sound debuted in 2010 with a hissing, creaking self-titled 12” on Mala’s esteemed Deep MEDilabel. Following a series of nocturnal emissions pseudonymously credited to each member, their debut album, Compendium, was released on their own Sullen Tone label in 2013. The outfit has in addition birthed a number of intriguing offshoots such asHarem, Saa and Penny. One of them may be standing behind you right now, reading this over your shoulder. Don’t look.

Much imitated but never equalled, The Outer Church is a shadowy Brighton-based organisation dedicated to the promotion of uncanny sound and vision. Its semi-human representative is music writer (The Wire, Mojo, Red Bull Music Academy, The Quietusetc) and persistent meddler Joseph Stannard. Since its inception in 2009, The Outer Church has presented live audiovisual performances from Demdike Stare, Raime, Pye Corner Audio, Some Truths, Ekoplekz, Kemper Norton, Hacker Farm, Umberto, High Wolf, Grumbling Fur and many, many more. “Magnum Innominandum. A random access myth. The clarion signals the opening of the portal. Remember to take a reading. A hex and a pox and the land is ours.”

*Due to a delay in manufacture the EP will now be released on 18th August – we hope to send out all pre-orders before then, and all pre-orders via bandcamp come with free immediate digital download of the EP.

Kemper Norton - To Mahina EP (w/ Doomed Bird) OUT NOW

We are thrilled to present a series of reinterpretations by Kemper Norton of ‘Mahina’ by The Doomed Bird of Providence, bringing together two incredible and unique artists in a stunning new release, which also marks the start of an exciting year at F&F Towers...
Mahina is based on one Australia's worst ever natural disasters. The category 5 Cyclone Mahina took place in 1899 killing over 400 people.  The original track (by Doomed Bird) attempts to evoke the disaster and it's aftermath where amongst other things dolphins were found strewn on 50 foot cliffs on Flinders Island.

'To Mahina’ begins with the ships that formed part of the Cornish diaspora to Australia in the nineteenth century, and imagines an encounter between a Cornish emigre miner  and  a Japanese pearl fisherman who has made a similar journey. Because of dangers such as shark attacks, risk of drowning , equipment failure and the bends,  many Japanese pearlers died before working off their passage.  The Thursday Island pearling  fleet, which relied heavily on immigrant labour , was the major victim of Mahina. Most victims were never named.
Mahina features on The Doomed Bird of Providence’s Blind Mouths Eat, released in November 2013. Continuing an exploration into the darkest regions of Australian colonial history the album takes the style and content of their first long player (Will Ever Pray) into a more violent, death ridden landscape supported by a more eclectic and experimental approach to song writing, and featuring an extended line-up including Katie English aka Isnaj Dui.
To Mahina will be available to download NOW - head to Boomkat, Juno, iTunes or any online store.
Kemper Norton’s album Carn is out now on Exotic Pylon.
He returns later this year with an album for Front & Follow and a bonus album of remixes and rarities (including this EP, and many other tracks, on CD for the first time).