Cloudscape: 2006 Retrospective, vol. 1

First 2006 ret­ro­spect­ive mix, feat. Sieben, Agit­ated Radio Pilot, Far Black Fur­long, Tenhi, James Black­shaw, Birch Book, Xenis Emputae Trav­el­ling Band, novem­three, The A. Lords, Plinth, United Bible Stud­ies, Martyn Bates, Troum, Twelve Thou­sand Days, Dolorian, Ruhr Hunter.

Cloudscape #60: February 2016

Feb­ru­ary mix, fea­tur­ing Songs Of Green Pheas­ant, God Body Dis­con­nect, Mario Grön­nert, Coun­cil Of Nine, Refectori, Shape Wor­ship, Laura Can­nell, Richard Moult, Michael Tan­ner, Trans­mis­sion, and Martyn Bates.

In the cities of your eyes

A bene­fit com­pil­a­tion for refugees in camps on Greek islands, col­lect­ing 23 tracks in the exper­i­mental folk, ambi­ent, and drone realm.

Review: Martyn Bates - Unsung (2012)

I’m just going to keep on push­ing Martyn Bates until you’re sick of it, and then con­tinue doing it. Although he’s surely not the only one deserving this unen­vi­able status, he’s the first per­son I think of when I con­sider artists with severely under­rated careers. Bates had been mak­ing music since the late sev­en­ties, most fam­ously as half of Eye­less in Gaza, span­ning genres from noise to pop, rock to ambi­ent, and his staple influ­ence: folk.

His latest album Unsung is in the lat­ter cat­egory, though all of these except “Wait and See” are ori­ginal songs by Bates. If any­thing, this album is stripped: the lion’s share of it is just Martyn and his gui­tar. It’s power­ful singer/songwriter stuff from one of the most recog­nis­able voices around, and there is a fresh­ness in a lot of these songs that is remark­able given the ubi­quity of the genre, as well as the fact that Bates has been mak­ing music for so long. That said, the strongest par­al­lel is between this album and Bates’ solo albums around the year 1990, par­tic­u­larly the superb Let­ters to a Scattered Fam­ily. This new one is less bom­bastic, more sub­dued, and doesn’t imme­di­ately stand out when con­sidered in the con­text of Bates’ œuvre.