Devoke Water is a small lake hidden from the view of a lonely, high road that connects two valleys between the Irish Sea and Scafell in the Lake District. In this landscape are the barely-visible remains of the ancient settlement of Barnscar. A remote place of eeriness, it is today often windswept and barren, but centuries ago would have been wooden and the home to wolves. Richard and Autumn have spent years immersed in this landscape of crags, scars, heather, bracken and bogs, experiencing deeply the processes of succession within a landscape, the ebb and flow of life, the cycles of decay and renewal, wakefulness and forgetting.
The list of place names dominates this song and it can be seen as one long, unravelling spell. The voices of the co-authors begin in a fugue and denote the duration of the sing, ending as they collide on the last place name ‘Yode Castle’. Is almost as if we are being taken on a journey of the details of everything; literally beating the bounds of this desolate and remote landscape. The song emerges from the pace names themselves, taking the ‘spoken’ into the ‘sung’. Each instrument weaves its own pathway around the voice, like the compressed layers of the ground itself, gradually opening out the vista as if reaching a mountain summit. There are implied footsteps throughout with the bass drum adding to the bass guitars pathway in the second half of the song. The idea of an English eerie has been the stimulus for many writers, and artists; ‘The skull beneath the English landscape’ as Macfarlane describes it (‘Glimpses and Tremors 2015). It seems all the more pertinent in these times of uncertainty and fear.
from In Place,
released May 1, 2018
Words by Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson
What a huge talent Laura Cannell is... A fearless experimentalist and improviser with both spirit and sensitivity.
The Church setting is perfect and obviously inspirational for her,making the pieces sound ethereal and intangible...there but not there,if you will.
Her influences may be medieval but her approach is very firmly contemporary and her playing is strong and (com)passionate.
Very highly recommended without reservation.
Wow!...I feel the strongest urge for cigarette after listening to this. An album that will leave those who go through it, spent, emotionally raw and uplifted.
More of this kind of thing please!...and Mr Lee, its time you gave us an album. Catherine M. Fox