Howlround A Loop Where Time Becomes (Rare & Unreleased Recordings 2012-2017)

Label
Castles In Space
Released
23rd February 2024

Format Info

LP - Purple Vinyl

Castles in Space is delighted to have been able to curate an album pulled from Robin The Fog’s unreleased tape archive. A true innovator and incredible live performer, Robin comments on the album “A Loop Where Time Becomes. Rare and Unreleased Recordings 2012-2017”

After twelve years, ten albums and innumerable live shows (including at least one former underground reservoir), the Howlround sound has indeed changed quite a lot, but the basic ethos remains the same as it did back in 2012. All tracks are created by manipulating field recordings dubbed onto analogue tape, with all digital effects and artificial reverb strictly forbidden – a process that has been described by Electronic Sound magazine as ‘conjur[ing] magic’. Of the twelve tracks here, only one has been physically released on a limited edition and long out of print compilation. A second appeared on a download only release several years ago and a third was created as part of the unreleased soundtrack to a documentary. Everything else on this compilation is seeing the light of day for the first time.

All were created in South London at various periods between 2012 and 2017, five years during which the project evolved from the Radiophonic mournfulness of 2012’s debut album The Ghosts Of Bush (‘The ultimate Hauntological artefact’ – Simon Reynolds), to 2015’s tour with tape legend William Basinski, to 2016’s darker and weirder soundtrack to Steven McInerney’s multiple award-winning film A Creak In Time and on towards what would become the wilder, gnarlier noise of 2019’s The Debatable Lands. This retrospective from the first five years marks the gradual evolution of Howlround from the earliest days conjuring ‘aural ectoplasm’ from nocturnal field recordings of the last days of an underground BBC studio to increasingly spurning of the external world altogether by creating blistering no-input noise and raw analogue feedback. It’s been quite a trip.