a red guide to the coastal quicksands of the british isles

by Dave Clarkson

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Released on the Linear Obsessional Recordings label on 11 Mar 2017 as a download and a limited numbered edition of 100 CDs. Each CD is enclosed in a plastic flexible case with a quicksand warning liner insert. Also includes pdf book.

Catalogue Number: LOR087
More information, availability and CD purchase and download: linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/a-red-guide-to-the-coastal-quicksand-of-the-british-isles

Written and Produced by Dave Clarkson between January and November 2016 at Cavendish House studios.

All sound recordings, treatments and production by Dave Clarkson:

Field recordings recorded at following locations:
Cumbria coast (Barrow/ Ulverston) - Track 1.
Talacre beach (Wales) / Morecambe Bay - Track 2.
Wirral coast - Track 3.
Talacre beach (Wales) / Morecambe Bay -Track 4.
Port Isaac / Land’s End (Cornwall) – Track 5.

with additional instrumentation on Track 2 and 4:
Roland JD-xi, Korg MS20, EMS iVCS3.


"This is the follow-up to 'Music For Lighthouses', which was reviewed in Vital Weekly 965, here again Clarkson stays close to the coast, here using field recordings from various coastal locations. The previous release seemed to hint towards the use of percussion and guitar, here there is mention of Roland JD-xi, Korg MS-20 and EMS iVCS3, so all electronic and obviously, I'd say, the field recordings are heavily processed, effectively in a melt-down into some deep drone rumble. Clarkson produces some excellent deep ripples of music
here, with a heavy low bass sound and on top he waves all of these electronic sounds, which in the longest piece, 'Quicksands - Low Tide' has a vaguely melodic touch and is the best piece of the lot, even at thirteen minutes. Dark, mysterious and nocturnal this particular trip to the coast. If pieces are shorter, such as 'Desolate Links' it works less well. Clarkson needs his time to tell a story, and that's what he best in the longer pieces. The bass frequencies on this release are quite massive, and caution is advised when playing this loud. Five pieces only, and at thirty-five minutes I thought this was all a bit on the short side. I wouldn't have minded another longer piece to top this journey off. I thought this was the best release by Clarkson so far."

"Those who are affected by a high arousal, we seek in leisure and in art a counterpoint to hyperstimulation. In an excessive simplification, we choose works with few elements, since this guarantees us peace and quiet. But when there is a real talent, the amount of elements are not relevant, but how to combine them. This is the case of this "Guide" by Dave Clarkson, where there are many field recordings and many electronic sounds, where we find multiplicity without praising, like speaking clearly."

"The primary source material for each of this album's five tracks is field recordings from coastal areas and beaches around the UK - the Wirral, Morecambe Bay and Land's End among others. It's safe to assume that the recordings were made in bleak, windswept winter conditions rather than at the peak of the holiday season, given the register of unease and disquiet which dominates. Their sense of location is diluted, however, through processing and counterpointed with instrumental detailing".
NICK CAIN / THE WIRE Magazine, June 2017


'Coastal Footpath, South' on Towards the Margins 104 / Shaun Blezard - 19 Mar 2017.
'Quicksands - High Tide' on WFMU / Brian Turner (US) - 04 Apr 2017.
'Coastal Footpath, North' on Reform Radio / Kelvin Brown & Graham Massey - 12 April 2017.
'Quicksands - Low Tide' on WFMU / Stan (US) - 14 Apr 2017.
'Quicksands - Low Tide' on WFMU / Nick Name (US) - 21 Apr 2017.
'Quicksands - High Tide' on WFMU / Carol - Serious Moonlight - 04 Jun 2017.
'Coastal Footpath, North' on Freak Zone / Stuart Maconie / BBC 6 Music - 04 Jun 2017.
'Coastal Footpath, North' on Sonic Imperfections / ResonanceFM - 24 Jul 2017.


released March 11, 2017



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Cavendish House is home to music involving Dave Clarkson - either solo, in collaborations or in bands.

Since the 80s, Clarkson has recorded solo experimental/ electronic music under the names CPU, Illuminati and his own name. He also played drums in White Cube and co-formed the electronic improv group Triclops as well as the duo Psychic Frequencies.
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