The end of last year was a busy time for me and I got behind on news. So, belatedly, here’s a roundup of some reviews and articles that appeared late in 2018.
There were print reviews for Joy’s Reflection in Shindig! – 5 stars, ‘Not only is this probably Sharron Kraus’ best work, it’s one of the best albums you’ll hear this year.’ – RnR – 4 stars, ‘dreamy, haunting music’ – and Prog magazine – ‘a fine showcase for Kraus’.
There was a nice review of my Ghost Box single at Concrete Islands – ‘The overall effect is more akin to Alan Garner’s Weirdstone of Brisingamen than Tolkien however. Garner brings one close to the magic without getting rid of the pylons. So too do Sharron Kraus and Ghost Box’ – and MOOF magazine reviewed the Cafe Oto show I played together with Beautify Junkyards. Ned Raggett wrote a kind of retrospective feature on my work for Bandcamp.
Joy’s Reflection was included in a handful of end of year lists: FRUK, Concrete Islands, music won’t save you, and I was asked to contribute to Delusions of Adequacy‘s end of year list by choosing a favourite album of the year. I chose Aby Vulliamy’s Spin Cycle, which I’d been listening to over and over after playing shows with Aby in October.
I received vinyl copies of my new album from Sunstone last week and will be selling them at gigs. Apart from these copies, the first pressing on frosted clear vinyl has sold out in advance sales, and Sunstone will be doing a repress soon.
I also have CDs and will be selling those on Bandcamp as well as at gigs.
I’ve contributed a track to A Place to Dwell, a compilation album to raise money for Southend YMCA put together by Diana Collier (The Owl Service, Greanvine). Other contributing artists include Alasdair Roberts, Nancy Wallace, Alex Rex and Lost Harbours. The album will be released on CD on Friday 22nd June.
A recording of the talk I presented at the Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult conference in London in 2016 – ‘Art As Alchemy’ – is included in Rendering Unconscious, a new podcast by Vanessa Sinclair, who organised the conference. You can listen to it here:
John Barleycorn Reborn, a 3 CD compilation put together by Mark Coyle in 2007, has been re-released as a lovely 4 LP boxset on gold vinyl by Burning World Records. As well as a track by me called ‘Horn Dance’, inspired by the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance the compilation includes tracks by The Owl Service, Kitchen Cynics, Sieben, Pumajaw and English Heretic.