Shaley Brow

Back in April I discovered one of the best albums of 2018, Mark Peter’s instrumental tribute to north west England, an eight song record called Innerland, a journey through the landscape and place names of this part of the world. I’ve been coming back to it regularly ever since. It fits in really well with Richard Norris’ pair of Abstractions albums, sundry Durutti Column records, Pye Corner Audio’s last couple, the new one from GLOK and The Orb’s early 90s ambient dub masterpieces. Mark has just released Innerland in a new form, stripping the drums and percussion off and leaving just the guitar parts, the synths and the keyboards. It’s gorgeous, magical, transporting, very autumnal and somewhat haunting too. I wish I’d been on to it when it was released in a very limited 250 run on vinyl.

New Routes

It’s only a matter of weeks, days really, since I discovered Mark Peters’ Innerland album- a record that has barely left my turntable- and now it’s been followed by a remixed version, released last Friday, titled New Routes Out Of Innerland. Which is good news for exploring more new music and hearing new versions of his ambient- comische- Northern- shoegaze but will likely be bad news for my bank balance. The eight guitar led instrumentals on Innerland have been reworked by a variety of people- Andi Otto, Olga Wojciechowska, Brian Case, Moon Gangs, Odd Nosdam, E Ruscha V and Jefre Canta-Ledesma- but the remix of choice right now is this one by Ulrich Schnauss.

All the remixers above are worth investigating further if you’ve the time (and the money). If you’re fond of the works of Tangerine Dream and sci-fi soundtracks you’ll probably enjoy this album by Moon Gangs (a pseudonym for pianist William Young).

Delving further I found this album by E Ruscha V, bubbling synths and a melodic, sunny side up disposition, beamed in from Los Angeles.

Innerland

Posting Richard Norris’ Group Mind mix on Sunday led to a suggestion from a friend that I might like this album from Mark Peters. Innerland came out in April last year, eight instrumentals named after landmarks in the north west of England. The music is often based around Mark’s guitar, his playing echoing Vini Reilly in places, and the tracks build from there. Some of them are quiet and  ambient, emotional responses to moving home- opener Twenty Bridges layers ambient sounds and ringing tones before the guitar peels in. Some, May Mill for example, become more insistent and upfront, quite krautrock sounding with drums, keyboards and crashing guitar chords. As a whole lp it’s lovely and thoroughly in tune with what I’m listening to to at the moment. Thanks to Chris for the tip.

Mark was in early 2000s shoegaze band Engineers and has collaborated with Ulrich Schnauss. His move home to Wigan led to Innerland. You can buy it at Bandcamp. It’s out on Soic Cathedral who regularly put out good records and the artwork, done in ordnance survey map style is ace too.