I’ve been rather lax in adding to the music design section of my web pages. The last update was almost a year ago but I’ve produced several new designs since then, including more work for the experimentalists at the Subtext label. There’s a new Subtext release coming soon but before that appears I can talk about Seven Harps by Warper’s Moss, another release on Manchester’s ONO label.
Warper’s Moss is the nom de musique of a guitarist I’ve known for a long time, and whose playing may be heard on recent ONO releases by Watch Repair. There’s no guitar on Seven Harps, however, all the music is produced by a collection of harp or harp-like instruments including a zither, box harp and autoharp. I have a predilection for these instruments and the timbres they produce so this release was great to hear even without the personal connection. The instruments may be common in traditional music but the seven pieces are very non-traditional compositions that wander into pure ambience in places, making the most of the resonating strings. A beautiful and beguiling album. The packaging follows the ONO template of low-budget minimalism with a single Risographed sheet wrapped around a CD. Seven Harps is available at Piccadilly Records and Boomkat.