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2012-08-20 09:42:29 UTC

Caught In The Wake Forever is the work of Scottish based artist Fraser McGowan who hails from the delightfully lovely town of Paisley near Glasgow. Not long back we released the now sold out postcard ep “Sadness & Static” which was a collaboration between Fraser, Karina ESP and Sheepdog. Also Edinburgh based label Mini50 records last year released his ep “All The Hurt That Hinders Home” which featured remixes from the likes of Library Tapes, Fieldhead and Yellow6. Fraser has been recording music one way or another since 1998 and as part of the band Small Town Boredom he released two albums for the London based label The Remains Of My Estate. Fraser’s recent output has been mostly on a solo basis and with Against A Simple Wooden Cross, we’re very excited and honoured to present the first full Caught In The Wake Forever album.

[ All The Hurt That Hinders Home ] is music steeped in memory. It’s as though it’s recounting a memoir in chapters, but the pages of are being simultaneously written and reflected upon as it progresses. Almost quietly breathing (for lack of a better word) just beneath the surface is the ambience, sound and motion of time, and, in a way, that manages to be both mechanical and organic – similar to how the ticking of a clock can be likened to a heartbeat, but here the constancy of time is contemplated through echoes that are generally from the past. The pop and crackle of vinyl records, soft static of radio, computerized processes and various other sounds of machinery – with and without nostalgic connections – are consistently present. They aren't necessarily subtle, but are unimposing, grounding the work from a dreamy, ethereal realm into the place where we live. And where we have lived.

‘Recorded With You In Mind’ opens the EP, and, though beginning with soft, almost insect-like computerised beeps and glitches, through the sound effects and motion of the music it conjures imagery of old films being watched. You hear the light hum and flicker as the film passes through the projector reels, and, as the track builds layers over those mechanical sounds, you can almost feel the room begin to warmly glow, imagery feeding memory. The following tracks similarly build over and explore the occasionally flawed and perfunctory sounds of old(er) devices, and are – somehow – extraordinarily effective of conjuring memories I can imagine myself having in a past or future life. This may sound odd, but it’s the juxtaposition of digital and analogue sound effects with ambient drones and the more organic guitar and piano that seems to highlight a connection with (and between) machine and memory, and in turn, the past and future.

It draws lines between the systems we use to store memory, the objects we gradually associate with them, and those that bring back old ones. At the centre, the driving force behind why these mechanisms and the various ways they are accessed have become significant, is the thought process that ties them together – the human compunction to be sentimental, reflective and explorative with the memories we cherish – for better or worse. Caught In The Wake Forever, through five songs, has created an experience that brings nostalgia to life – it reminisces fondly, mourns and ultimately resolves with the sense that something is finished, but nothing has ended, which is, quite simply, just a beautiful thing to hear.

[ Sadness & Static (Part One) ] is a collaboration with Karina ESP & Sheepdog. Ltd Edition 3" cdr on Hibernate Recordings. Sadness & Static forms the first recordings from an on-going collaboration between Fraser McGowan, Chris Gowers and Gavin Crawford. Initial relationships were formed by involvement with the Paisley based band Small Town Boredom, Fraser McGowan (Caught In The Wake Forever) being a founding member. Glasgow-based musician Gavin Crawford (Sheepdog) has previously been recruited for recordings and live shows. Both Small Town Boredom albums have been released by Trome Records which is run by Chris Gowers (Karina ESP).

The field recordings and photography for this release were made during a trip to Loch Lomond Shores on Friday 18th February 2011. Both tracks were composed during that weekend and completed in the weeks that followed. This was a hand numbered limited edition 3" cdr of 100 which is now sold out and is made available for free downloads.

[ After A Long Dream Of Sleep ]. This record was put together to raise money for Crisis Counselling, based in Erskine, Scotland. They provide counselling and support to people who need it, when they need it. Crisis provides early intervention, specialist therapeutic services and non time limited support. The number of clients supported by Crisis since 1996 has reached over 15,000, and they now receive an average of 1500 referrals per year.

2007 - 2008: referrals reached 1468, of those 620 were young people aged 16 and under. The children and adolescents were affected by domestic violence, street violence, parental addiction, addictive behaviours, self-harming, family breakup, trauma, bereavement, bullying, exclusion, restructured family systems, abuse. This service is under increasing financial pressure and without support may cease to exist. We know this because one of our close friends, and an artist on this record, used the service and made us aware of the difficulties securing funding Crisis currently face. They saved his life and save many more on a daily basis taking direct action to help those in need.

Please support Crisis by buying this record. All proceeds with go to helping sustain such an important and valued service. For information on each of the artists involved in this project simply click on the individual tracks on BandCamp.

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2011 - Lia Fail ( At Dawn ) 2012 - After A Long Dream Of Sleep ( Various Artists ) 2012 - Against A Simple Wooden Cross ( Ridiculous Well Done ) 2012 - The Slow Manipulation Of Dying Light ( Collab' With Yellow6 )

[ Against A Simple Wooden Cross ] was born after Fraser suffered a complete mental breakdown last year, following a life-long battle with chronic anxiety. He had to give up his job and eventually his girlfriend and son moved out, leaving him to face his struggles alone. Naturally, he felt destroyed but the one thing he had was extra time on his hands, which he had not been used to before. Previously, his work with music had been a very slow process but suddenly, the one thing he had left was a seemingly infinite amount of time in which to work carefully and unhurried. For six months, Fraser immersed himself in this album and poured everything that he had left into it. At the start of the project he had absolutely no confidence left in himself and as the music began to take shape, he began to tread the road to recovery.

Against A Simple Wooden Cross is an honest account from an artist who was literally starting life again, completely on his own terms for the first time. Naturally the album documents his struggles along the way, opening with hugely personal field recordings taken on a family holiday before things took a turn for the worst. Passages of the material were performed when Fraser was literally out of his mind on medication to treat his illness; other moments were performed after he had discovered more effective methods of treatment. There is a sense of despair, loneliness and melancholy throughout this album as you would expect, but underpinning it in the subtlest way is a faint positive undercurrent, as he begins to find his feet once again, on his own terms.

[ [ [ [ NOTE ] ] ] ] All profits from the album will go to Crisis Counselling established in 1996 to significantly reduce the barriers and exclusion in mental health care. Purchase a CD digipak, edition of 250:

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Artist - Caught In the Wake Forever Album - Against A Simple Wooden Cross Release Date - 2012 Genre - Ambient, Minimal, Post-rock, Field Recordings [ EXQUISITE ] Tracklist 1. Scottish Grief 10:35 2. The Quiet Beauty Of The Northern Lakes 05:29 3. Waiting Rooms & Chemists 03:20 4. After The Blackout 04:19 5. Western Medicine Failed Me 04:29 6. Last Of The Heroin 07:18 7. Point Sands 05:57 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Caught In the Wake Forever - Against A Simple Wooden Cross -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Caught In the Wake Forever & Yellow6 Album - The Slow Manipulation Of Dying Light Release Date - 2012 Genre - Ambient, Minimal, Post-rock, Field Recordings [ EXQUISITE ] Tracklist 1. Part One 09:00 2. Part Two 09:16 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Caught In the Wake Forever & Yellow6- The Slow Manipulation Of Dying Light -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Various Artists Album - After A Long Dream Of Sleep Release Date - 2012 Genre - Ambient, Minimal, Post-rock, Field Recordings [ EXQUISITE ] Tracklist 01. Matthew Collings - Hraunberg 05:42 02. Mirrorzisland - Anonatoll 03:39 03. Spokes - Give It Up To The Night (Fieldhead Remix) 03:11 04. Cory Allen - Transcender's Theme 05:12 05. Yellow6 - And In The Distance 07:26 06. Richard A Ingram - Vort Halicon 06:22 07. David Newlyn - Stop Motion 04:05 08. Talvihorros - Dead Sea Scrolls 03:25 09. Chantal Acda (Sleepingdog/True Bypass) - Missing Heartbeat 04:03 10. M. Ostermeier - Winsome 04:39 11. FiRES Were Shot - Giffords Green 04:32 12. Guy Gelem - Recent Waves 05:50 13. Christian Eldefors - Daylight 02:55 14. Antonymes - Gravity Versus The Pull Of Beyond 05:17 15. Glacis - May This Night Never See Morning 02:52 16. Caught in the Wake Forever - I Restore Myself When I'm Alone 06:00 17. Hiva Oa - Exile 04:40 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Caught In the Wake Forever - After A Long Dream Of Sleep -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Caught In the Wake Forever Album - Lia Fail (At Dawn) Release Date - 2011 Genre - Ambient, Minimal, Post-rock, Field Recordings [ EXQUISITE ] Tracklist 01 - Lia Fail (At Dawn) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Caught In the Wake Forever - Lia Fail (At Dawn) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Caught In the Wake Forever Album - All The Hurt That Hinders Home [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2011 Albums Genre - Ambient, Minimal, Post-rock, Field Recordings [ EXQUISITE ] Tracklist 01 Recorded With You In Mind 02 Fragments Turn To Dust 03 Mount Batten Ferry 04 I Have Nothing Left To Give You A 05 For Those That Left Along The Way 06 Recorded With You In Mind (Yellow 07 Fragments Turn To Dust (Library T 08 Mount Batten Ferry (Sketches For 09 I Have Nothing Left To Give You A 10 For Those That Left Along The Way -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP ~ Caught In the Wake Forever - All The Hurt That Hinders Home -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Caught In the Wake Forever Album - Sadness & Static Release Date - 2011 Genre - Ambient, Minimal, Post-rock, Field Recordings [ EXQUISITE ] Tracklist 1. Sadness & Static (Part One) 08:45 2. Sadness & Static (Part Two) 09:15 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Limited edition 3" cdr of 100 "SOLD OUT" Get it FREE. Caught In the Wake Forever - Sadness & Static -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Fieldhead | Northerner | Library Tapes | Yellow6 | Dth -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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