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News roundup

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’.

I was interviewed by Italian music magazine Rockerilla as well as music won’t save you. Ondarock (another Italian website) reviewed the album.

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’m releasing a single – ‘Something Out of Nothing’ – with a fab Belbury Poly remix of the song on the B side – in Ghost Box Records‘ Other Voices series. The single is available to preorder here.

 


Happy Solstice!

My album is officially released today and to mark the release, here’s a video for the title track.


New LPs and CDs!

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.


The limited edition clear vinyl edition of Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow can now be preordered from Sunstone Records. The official release date is now June 21st.


New Album Coming Soon

My new album, Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow, will be released on Sunstone Records on 1st May.


Rendering Unconscious

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:


Coming soon!


John Barleycorn Reborn Reborn!

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.