MEMORY BAND WITH BELBURY POLY & GRANTBY | FURTHER NAVIGATIONS | MINT 10" VINYL RECORD
Further Navigations is the latest musical offering from The Memory Band, this time with Belbury Poly and Grantby. Let me elaborate - Stephen Cracknell founded the The Memory Band some ten years ago, with an ever mutating cast of collaborators from a variety of musical genres. Their eponymous first album was released on Hungry Hill, and they gigged hard at low key (at the time) British Festivals, e.g. Green Man, Homefires and End of the Road. The album reflected a wandering journey, literally, on the road. Further Navigations is a 3-track 10" EP. Released on the Static Caravan label.
- THE MEMORY BAND WITH BELBURY POLY - HOBBY HORSE (Cracknell/Jupp)
- THE MEMORY BAND - WALK ALONG IT (Cracknell)
- THE MEMORY BAND WITH GRANTBY - THE BALLAD OF IMBER DOWN (Crackenll/Grigson)
Former members of the band include Al Doyle, Adem, Simon Lord from Simian and Black Ghosts, Nancy Wallace and Lisa Knapp.
The music and songs from the '73 film Wicker Man regularly form part of the Memory Band live set.
So, to this new release - Further Navigations, Static Caravan label, continues Mr Cracknell’s desire to explore the ancient walking routes of this country. (For further details see the Memory Band website and the Field Reports section – evocative of landscape and the changing seasons) This particular EP is dedicated to exploring the Harrow Way.
The past decade has seen the continuing influence on the Memory Band of Belbury Poly, aka Jim Jupp. Insidious electronic music!
Grantby – Dan Grigson, previously best remembered for the Timber EP, is a haunting presence throughout
Standout track? The Memory Band penned – The Ballad of Imber Down. Imber was the name of the village on Salisbury Plain that had to be abandoned when the Plain was taken over for military purposes. Static Caravan laud it as a hymn to walking in the open air.
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