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Tag: Vinyl


Rivertones, Caught by the River‘s record label, have just brought out their second release, a live recording of Robert Macfarlane and Chris Watson’s collaboration at the Port Eliot festival in July. Macfarlane narrates the account of a journey he took to Sula Sgeir, a small island 40 miles north of the Outer Hebrides. His description of the voyage adorns the beautiful sleeve by Nick Hayes.

Macfarlane’s lyrical storytelling is enriched by Watson’s evocative field recordings – of waves, of water, of whale song – which fire the imagination. I found the tale of a gannet that dived into the boat particularly stirring. Hear for yourself.

The Sea-Road is released on limited 12″ vinyl and is available in the Caught by the River shop. Every purchase will also receive the mp3s. There’s more info about the record here. I wrote about Rivertones’ first release here.


Yesterday I unearthed a gem at the back of my box of vinyl: Tim Key. With a String Quartet. On a boat. It’s a poetry-slash-comedy concept album recorded on a boat with – you guessed it – a string quartet. Here’s a poem about the lovelorn, Magnum-addicted Martin.

Tim Key. With a String Quartet. On a boat. is out on Angular Recording Co., and is available here. The cover artwork is brilliant. Click here for more poetry vinyl.


“To begin at the beginning…”

Check out this little gem: a dub ‘remix’ of Richard Burton reading the introduction to Under Milk Wood. His voice is laced with reverb and delay, intensifying the dreamy power of Dylan Thomas’s words.

Under Dub Wood is the first release on Rivertones records and can be bought here. I’ve just ordered my copy. You should also check out Caught by the River, the website behind the record label. It’s one of my favourites out there.