YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE

Front & Follow and the Gated Canal Community present YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE – alternative soundtracks to a luxury apartments advert, featuring 31 artists including Field Lines Cartographer, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Her Majesty’s Coroner for Wirral, The Leaf Library, Polypores, Hattie Cooke and many more.

Why? We aren’t sure, but it all started with this video and went from there.

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This project is not affiliated with Deansgate Square in any way – the video was our inspiration for this project, and for each artist’s soundtrack.

All sales from this release will go to Coffee4Craig, which provides vital support for Manchester’s homeless and people in crisis. Find out more here – coffee4craig.com.

“Sharply dressed sales assistants and eagle-headed PPI enthusiasts march over freshly risen piazzas. Oxbow lakes of cement dissolve into dreamy quadrants. A Yo Sushi was there.
Now it isn’t.

This is where the gold is. The real gold, tucked under the receding gum-lines of once cobbled streets, stuffed into the rain-tinted domes hidden in plain view. Ignore the fringe of green that laps forever onto the city’s shores. Forget the municipal spaces, their fleshy tales creeping from beneath roller shutters and seeping from the cracks in boarded windows.

And as you stride about with vertical chin, you feel a prickle inside of something sharp but unfamiliar. Like a snagged cricket jumper you begin to unravel, spooling out behind yourself as you walk ever onwards.

Find them in the Imitation Rothko Gymnasium.
Smashing it in the Imitation Rothko Gymnasium.”

OUT NOW: Ekoplekz – In Search of the Third Mantra

We are ending the year in the best possible way – by releasing an album by one of our favourite artists, and someone we’ve been trying to work with since he appeared on the Outer Church compilation over five years ago.

TAPE IS SOLD OUT BUY GRAB THE DIGITAL HERE

Drawing parallels between present day Britain and that of the turn of the 80s, Ekoplekz looks back to that era’s industrial and post-punk soundtrack for inspiration.

In a land increasingly brutalized by austerity and divided by nationalism, the tensions that informed some of the post-punk era’s most important works (Red Mecca, Unknown Pleasures, Metal Box) haunt this collection of bleak postcards from the present.

Recorded quickly on cassette tape recorders, combining live instrumentation (guitar, bass, keyboards) with programmed drum machine and sequencer, the album has a raw, spontaneous edge, drawing on elements of dub, funk and primitive electronics for musical direction.

The album is dedicated to the late Mark Fisher, who’s brilliantly insightful writing is sorely missed while trying to make sense of these insane times.

OUT NOW! Michael Donnelly – Why so Mute, Fond Lover?

We are delighted to present the new album from Michael Donnelly, as the second release in a new series celebrating the present and past of some of our favourite artists.

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Influenced by everything from Khan Jamal to Egisto Macchi via Basic House and Konrad Kraft, Why So Mute, Fond Lover? builds new worlds of beats and rhythm, sound collage, ambience and noise using random borrowed equipment, broken gear and household appliances. The album was recorded in Mile End, London and Hamburg (with collaborator Ben Page of Rocketnumbernine and Elite Barbarian), and mastered by fellow Rothko member Mark Beazley.
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Welcome to 2014

Happy New Year!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us over the last year, including everyone who played, reviewed and of course bought our releases.

An especially big thank you to The Doomed Bird of Providence, and all the artists who contributed to our Collision/Detection series and The Outer Church compilation.

It was a fun year, hopefully we can do it all again in 2014 (more news very soon).

Best wishes,
Justin & Helen x

The Outer Church OUT NOW

The Outer Church Compilation is out now.  We’ve sold out directly from F&F HQ, but you can pick up a copy from all good record shops and online, including:

More info on the release HERE
And check out the coverage its been getting, including:
Mojo (latest issue)

NEWS: ANNOUNCING THE OUTER CHURCH

Front and Follow are proud (no, utterly ecstatic) to announce a collaboration with The Outer Church aka Joseph Stannard, bringing you a 28 track double album of new and exclusive material from an incredible collection of artists.

You can now PRE-ORDER THE LIMITED FIRST EDITION (OF 300)in a letter press card sleeve package.  They won’t hang around, so get in quick… 

GO TO OUR F&F SHOP OR BANDCAMP.

Its hard to know where to start with this one…

The Church’s Chief Programmer Joseph Stannard has compiled a stunning 28-track double album of all-new previously unreleased material from a host of incredible conspirators.

The artist list in full:
Embla Quickbeam / Grumbling Fur / Some Truths / Kemper Norton / Pye Corner Audio / Black Mountain Transmitter / Angkorwat / Position Normal / Ekoplekz / BrokenThree / Anna Meredith / Hong Kong In The 60s / Baron Mordant & Mr Maxted / Graham Reznick / Old Apparatus / VHS Head / The Wyrding Module / Silver Pyre / These Feathers Have Plumes / Hacker Farm / Robin The Fog / Vindicatrix / Wrong Signals / Sone Institute / Tidal / Paper Dollhouse / Time Attendant / IX Tab
This exclusive collection comes in a deluxe double CD package, with a limited first edition of 300 in letterpressed sleeve by Red Plate Press (Manchester).
Joseph writes:
“Wind the tape all the way back to Brighton in 2009. The uncanny influence seeping into contemporary music from ‘elsewhere’ had become impossible to ignore. Magazine pieces I had written in my capacity as a music critic were revealed to contain subliminal memos for my own attention. Unusually vivid dreams and unsettling anonymous telephone calls imparted curious instructions. I was to establish a space in which various forms of unheimlich audio would converge with moving images of a similarly anomalous nature. Equipped only with a well-thumbed copy of The Beginner’s Guide To Psychic Architecture, I resolved to build a Church.
“This compilation presents a selection of the artists who have performed at The Outer Church, with the exception of illustrious filmmaker and composer Graham Reznick, who lives in faraway Brooklyn and kindly permitted us to screen his tremendous psychedelic campfire tale, I Can See You, in Brighton and Dublin. All of the recordings here are previously unreleased. Together they advance the argument that something weird is stirring in modern music which resists categorisation, manifesting itself in unsettling cadences and temporal distortions across a wide variety of occult strategies.”
The Outer Church was established in 2009 by music writer Joseph Stannard (The Wire, Mojo, The Quietus). Since then it has brought the finest in uncanny film and music to Brighton, including live sets from Demdike Stare, Raime, Pye Corner Audio, Old Apparatus, Moon Wiring Club and The Haxan Cloak plus screenings of new independent films such as I Can See You, Die Farbe and Overhill.
(1ST EDITION LIMITED TO 300).
And stay tuned for more clips, videos and some very special live shows…
The Outer Church Live
To mark the album release The Outer Church and Front & Follow are planning a series of very special live events involving selected contributors:
25.07.13 Brighton: The Green Door Store
with Howlround / Hong Kong In The 60s / Cherry / Death And Vanilla
Get tickets HERE
01.08.13 London: The Waiting Room
with Vindicatrix / Some Truth / These Feathers Have Plumes / Kemper Norton / Harem (Old Apparatus)
Get tickets HERE
02.08.13 Brighton: The Hope
with Pye Corner Audio / Kemper Norton / Embla Quickbeam / Wrong Signals
Get tickets HERE
03.08.13 Manchester: Kraak
with VHS Head / Harem (Old Apparatus) / Kemper Norton / The Wyrding Module
Get tickets HERE