Vic Mars - The Land And The Garden

 (Numbered Limited Edition )


Clay Pipe Music


New Age

Product No.:
ACPI 012
EAN: 5017148129499
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Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies

Reverse board mat cover and printed inner sleeve

Album download included, offer subject to expiration

Vic Mars is a Herefordshire-born musician now based in London; he spent more than a decade in Nagoya, Japan. In 2013 on a visit home to England, he was struck by reprints of vintage British Railway posters hanging in his brother's house.

Back in Japan, homesick and inspired by his childhood memories of the Herefordshire landscape, he started the initial recordings for The Land and the Garden, carefully piecing together string and Mellotron soundscapes using archaic tracker software, and recording to cassette tape. During this time he immersed himself in the music of British classical composers such as Gustav Hoist and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the minimalist work of Wim Mertens and 1970s children's BBC soundtracks such as those by Freddie Phillips and Vernon Elliot.

In 2014 with the album half finished, Vic moved back to the U.K. and after a period of disruption where his equipment was still in transit, he completed the record in spring 2015.

A quietly stunning full length from Vic Mars on the ever-reliable Clay Pipe label, The Land and The Garden takes a bucolic look at modern composition, with enticing reed instruments and Moondog-esque percussive lines weaving an understated poignancy into the compositions. It's instantly involving, a record unboastful of its melodic and arrangement achievements and sitting somewhere between Pascal Comelade, the afore-mentioned Moondog's most melodic work and something somehow quintessentially British and nostalgic, in the best possible way.


Side 1
Walking On A Bearing
Butterflies, Bees And Other Insects
Collecting Pebbles And Stones
Wall Of Ivy
Hedgerows And Conservation
Villages, Hamlets And Fetes
Fences, Railway Lines And Other Obstacles

Side 2
The Road Through The Village
A Stone Path
Hiking Attire
Rural Etiquette
Through The Gate
Sunrise At Trig Point
Bracken And Grassland

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