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brave timbers

SL07 : brave timbers 'For Every Day You Lost' OUT NOW! (17/9/10)

brave timbers is the performing and recording alias of Newcastle upon Tyne-based multi-instrumentalist Sarah Kemp, an in-demand violinist and esteemed contributor to a number of notable musical ensembles and their recordings, including much-admired works by The Declining Winter, Fieldhead, Lanterns On The Lake, Anna Kashfi and Last Harbour. The debut brave timbers album follows a memorable contribution to Second Language’s 2010 Music & Migration compilation.  

For Every Day You Lost's delightfully drowsy procession of melancholy-tinged instrumental vignettes for violin, tenor guitar and piano (all of it played by Sarah) was cut over two weekends last spring and mixed on a third. “A lot of the tracks were improvised… some stemmed from ideas I’d had in my head; most just developed as I recorded them”, says Sarah. “That’s how I wanted it to be – a very organic, natural sound... I prefer things to be more stripped down and intimate sounding, with space for the listener to really hear each note and to maybe focus on a different line each time they listen to it.”

The full track listing is :

1. More Like The Oak Than The Willow
2. All The Things You Couldn’t Say
3. Out With The Tide
4. I’ll Always Come Back to This Place
5. Scotland, 1950
6. Forgotten Bloodlines
7. Hold Onto My Words
8. Two Sisters
9. For Every Day You Lost
10. You’ll Never Be The Same Again
11. Shelter Here

The first 200 copies of For Every Day You Lost are accompanied by Woodwork, a limited edition 3" disc of exclusive album remixes by Fieldhead, The Declining Winter, Gareth S. Brown and Epic45.
However, please note : Woodwork is only available to those purchasing the brave timbers album from either this website or from Norman Records mail order.

brave timbers woodwork

However, please note : Woodwork is only available to those purchasing the brave timbers album from either Rough Trade or from Norman Records mail order.

Buy For Every Day You Lost from Rough Trade : http://www.roughtrade.com/site/shop_detail.lasso?search_type=sku&sku=332132

For a taster of the album and to hear Sarah Kemp in discussion with 2L's David Sheppard, listen to our brand new podcast here :

http://www.secondlanguagemusic.com/podcast.html

See brave timbers live here :

Fri 24th Sept, Nexus Cafe, Manchester, England - (Roomtones gig) w. Seasons (pre din) and P. Jorgenson
Thurs 30th Sept: Kavka, Antwerp, Belgium w. Amiina (www.klotski.be)
Sun 3rd Oct, Cafe Video, Ghent, Belgium.

 

SL06

NEW RELEASE, VERTICAL INTEGRATION, OUT NOW! (12/8/10)

Second Language is delighted to announce the release of the label's newest addition to our canon, our second multi-artist compilation, Vertical Integration.
"VI," as we've been calling it these past few months, features 17 tracks exclusive to Second Language by a meticulously hand-picked international roster. Packaged in a classic, though deluxe A5 fanzine format designed and screen-printed by James English, VI also includes 17 exclusive in-depth interviews with each of the contributing artists.

The full track listing is as follows :

1. Tula - Tula
2. Tree of Birds - Pete Astor
3. Once Upon - Gareth Dickson
4. Washing Days - 30km Inland
5. Spirit Level (edit) - Dirk Markham
6. Ég umvef hjarta mitt - Ólöf Arnalds
7. Run, Turn, Follow - Tunng
8. Come Back To Me - Klima
9. Burn and Glow - Women & Children
10. I Lived In Trees - Mark Fry & The A Lords
11. Unstitch - Anna Rose Carter
12. Wesley's Fingers - Robin Saville
13.The Calling - Autumn Grieve
14. You Can Go Now - The Home Current
15. Set Sail At Sunset - Junkboy
16.Share - Our Broken Garden
17. A Secret Peace - Isnaj Dui

Please note : Vertical Integration comes as a strictly limited edition of 400 copies. It will not be re-pressed once these copies have been sold.

This release will be exclusively available from this website, alongside Norman Records mail order and Rough Trade shops though only copies bought directly from the Second Language website will include an exclusive Second Language button badge.

400 copies only SOLD OUT

 

GHOSTWRITER ON HARD FORMAT (21.06.10)

See what the wonderful Hard Format music design website have to say about our Ghostwriter release here : http://www.hardformat.org/4640/ghostwriter/

 

WHAT'S ON THE SECOND LANGUAGE TURNTABLE? (25.05.10)

Want to know what's on the turntable here at 2L Towers? Have a listen to our free 82 minute mix here: http://soundcloud.com/second-language/second-language-playlist-mix

 

Ghostwriter

GHOSTWRITER 'THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF THE STRANGE SOUND SOCIETY' OUT NOW! (07.05.10)

We're delighted to announce the 4th release on our Second Language label. 

Ghostwriter is the fascinating project of Devon-based Mark Brend; musician, author and respected expert on antiquarian sound apparatus (you may well know his book, Strange Sounds: Offbeat Instruments and Sonic Experiments in Pop – the definitive text on the subject). The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association is his first longplayer under the Ghostwriter moniker. It is an album like no other.

Partially based upon archive voice recordings, fragmentary texts and ‘imagined works’ by literary figures eminent (Arthur Conan Doyle, John Steibeck), cult (Colin Wilson, John Cowper Powys) and arcane (Arthur Machen, Ivor Gurney), The Continuing Adventures… weaves ethereal atmosphere, wistful song and playful soundscape from a battery of instruments and sound sources.

Brend is assisted in his endeavours by a number of additional musicians and collaborators, including multi-instrumentalists Tim Conway and Matt Gale (Farina), singer Suzy Mangion (Piano Magic, George) and analogue synth collector Darren Hayman (Hefner), among several others.

As with all 2L releases, 'The Continuing Adventures...' has been meticulously hand-crafted utilising recyled (and recyclable) materials (check out our wonderful assembly film below). 

This is a very limited edition release!  Be sure to pick up a copy asap either from us (click on the Subscriptions header above) or from :
Norman Records : http://www.normanrecords.com/records/116445
Rough Trade shop : http://www.roughtrade.com/site/shop_detail.lasso?search_type=sku&sku=326465


 

Fluid Radio Mix

EXCLUSIVE SECOND LANGUAGE LABEL SHOWCASE ON FLUID RADIO
Listen to an exclusive Second Language label mix on Fluid Radio here :
http://www.fluid-radio.co.uk/2010/04/second-language-showcase/
Features Vashti Bunyan, Piano Magic, Dollboy, Plinth, Klima, Leyland Kirby and many more. 

 

Dollboy

DOLLBOY GHOST STATIONS SOLD OUT (13.04.10)
Dollboy's 'Ghost Stations' has now sold out. Never to be re-pressed. All gone.



FREE PIANO MAGIC CD
(13.04.10)
A 10 track CD of Piano Magic home recordings will be given away free to anyone who subscribes to Second Language before May 1st 2010. This free CD will be sent out the first week of May with the next Second Language release. Piano Magic 'Home Recordings' will not be for sale as an individual release. Neither will it be available in record stores.
You must subscribe to Second Language before May 1st in order to receive it. Current subscribers will obviously receive the CD.
This is a very limited edition release!
For a taster, click on our most recent podcast here: http://secondlanguagemusic.com/podcasts.html

Music and Migration

MUSIC & MIGRATION SOLD OUT
Here at 2L Towers, we've completely sold out of our Music & Migration compilation. For the last hope of picking up a copy, go to :
 http://www.normanrecords.com/records/113509

MUSIC & MIGRATION RECEIVES 4 STAR REVIEW IN MOJO MAGAZINE
Our Music & Migration received a glowing 4 star review in Mojo magazine this month. 

MUSIC & MIGRATION REVIEW ON DOA + INTERVIEW ON 1000BIRDS.COM

Excellent review of our Music & Migration compilation by Adrian Pannett on Delusions Of Adequacy website here :

http://www.adequacy.net/2010/02/various-artists-music-and-migration

Read an interview on Music & Migration with Second Language co-founder Martin Holm on 10000birds.com

 

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