Craven Faults - Erratics & Unconformities [2021 Repress]
Genre: Analogue Electronic/Kosmische/Ambient
Format: 2LP + DL+ PHOTO BOOKLET
Catalogue No.: BAY120VBX
Release Date: 12th March 2021
**** BAY120VBX - 2021 REPRESS – limited to 300 copies – indie shops only
Second edition double black vinyl LP with revised red sleeve artwork and 20-page 12” square photobook
Erratics & Unconformities is the first album by Craven Faults.
It follows three EPs: Netherfield Works, Springhead Works and Nunroyd Works. Long-form analogue electronic journeys across decades and continents, and swathes of post-industrial northern Britain.
The journey on Erratics & Unconformities picks up where Netherfield Works left off. We take the canal towpath out of the city. We fork north shortly afterwards. Is this where it started? The terrain gradually becomes more rugged. Familiar. Wild. Evidence of human activity is less immediate in this glacial landscape. It’s there if you seek it. But easy to ignore. If you listen carefully, you can still hear the weight of the ice-sheet carving its way through the rock.
Everything in its own time. The output from the old textile mill Craven Faults calls home is no longer as linear as it once was. There was no clear start point for the project, rather simply rediscovering the joy in experimentation with no material goals. Some of the recordings that make up Erratics & Unconformities go back almost seven years. Tracks have come and gone in that time. They don’t leave until they’ve undertaken a stringent quality control process. It started slowly, but has picked up momentum in the last eighteen months. Recorded and re-recorded to the correct level of imperfection, and then left to breathe. Mixed and re-mixed. Carefully compiled when the time was right.
The journey is just as important as the destination.
Now signed to The Leaf Label following three highly regarded EP releases on the Lowfold Works label, Craven Faults’ debut album was released January 10 2020
This limited edition includes 20-page 12” square book of photography by the elusive Craven Faults, featuring some of the landmarks namechecked in the track titles
The album hit the heights of number 16 in the Official UK Independent Chart, and number 2 in the Indie Breakers Chart
Full page lead album review in Uncut heads up an impressive list of reviews
A spread of appearances in album of the year lists is anticipated
Carefully constructed since day one, Craven Faults’ world draws on the the rural, industrial and geological heritage of the north of England
The identity of the producer behind Craven Faults is a closely guarded secret, though clues litter the landscape if you know where to look…
Watch the videos for ‘Deipkier’ and ‘Vacca Wall’
Support from Kieran Hebden, Mary Anne Hobbs, Demdike Stare, Dan Snaith, Graham Massey, James Holden, Gold Panda, Bill Kouligas, Luke Abbott, Not Waving, Alessandro Cortini, Steve Davis, Stuart Maconie, Resident Advisor, NTS, NPR and Beats In Space
1. A1. Vacca Wall (17:37)
2. B1. Deipkier (7:55)
3. B2. Cupola Smelt Mill (9:13)
4. C1. Slack Sley & Temple (18:24)
5. D1. Hangingstones (10:29)
6. D2. Signal Post (8:33)
On Erratics & Unconformities:
“If Krautrock felt like a reaction to Germany’s totalitarian past, a new chapter defined by freaky optimism and a race to the margins, Craven Faults also feels like a historical reckoning of sorts: a cold elegy to Britain’s industrial heyday” 8/10, Uncut (lead review)
“Glacial landscapes a go-go on mesmerising debut by Yorkshire producer”4/5, Mojo
“Often feeling less like the work of human hands than sounds breathed out by the moors around their Yorkshire home, the drones have an almost geological weight and pace” 9/10, DJ Magazine
“Immersive works that have been assembled by a painstaking master of his craft” 9/10, Long Live Vinyl
“Floating somewhere between ’60s visions of dystopian future, and an increasingly dystopian present”
The Vinyl Factory
“Erratics & Unconformities harks back to seminal early experiments in electronic music wherein loop-spinning machines were left to communicate with each other” 8/10, The Line Of Best Fit
“70s-era Tangerine Dream, with perhaps a dash of Phillip Glass-style minimalism”Electronic Sound
On Craven Faults:
“Star-gazing ambient music with hints of Tangerine Dream” Resident Advisor
“Sprawling English kosmische” Boiler Room
“Craven Faults music provides a noirish, introspective ride through Farfisa drones and tape-hiss textures; it’s meditative, patient music for fans of Pye Corner Audio, Demdike Stare and James Holden” XLR8R