The Marks Upon The Land
Release date: 6th March 2017. Pre-order 6th February 2017.
A 60 page book which collects all 104 images which were created during the first spin-around-the-sun of A Year In The Country.
It is accompanied by two four track audiological explorations on CD:
Wild Hope Flowers by David Colohan and Richard Moult.
The Dark Chamber EP by A Year In The Country.
Also included is a free cassette and download copy of the Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels 12 track album by A Year In The Country.
Preview Wild Hope Flowers at: www.soundcloud.com/ayearinthecountry/sets/wild-hope-flowers-the-marks
Preview The Dark Chamber EP at:
All 104 images from the book can also be viewed at www.ayearinthecountry.co.uk/gallery
Further details at: ayearinthecountry.co.uk/artifact-report-10a-the-marks-upon-the-land-released
The images in the book are part of A Year In The Country’s explorations of an otherly pastoralism, a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land – the patterns beneath the plough, pylons and amongst the edgelands.
Those wanderings take in the beauty and escape of rural pastures, intertwined with a search for expressions of an underlying unsettledness to the bucolic countryside dream.
The Marks Upon The Land takes inspiration from and channels the outer reaches of folk culture and its meeting places with the layered spectralities of what has come to be known as hauntology, alongside memories of childhood countryside idylls spent under the shadow of Cold War end of days paranoia and amongst the dreamscapes of dystopic science fiction tales.
Wild Hope Flowers is a four track song cycle created by longstanding contributors to United Bible Studies, David Colohan & Richard Moult, which travels along and amongst the ancient stories of the hills and fields upon which generations have trodden, an elegy for layered histories.
The Dark Chamber EP takes its name from the roots of the word camera and is an audio exploration of the creation of the imagery in the book, intermingling field recordings of photographic work with the sounds of the landscape.
Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels is a study of the hidden tales sent out into the world by the silent but ever chattering broadcast towers that stand watch atop the land, weaving and recasting their transmissions and seeming to summon unbidden the ghosts and fractures of a landscape that still contains the echoes and fragments of conflicts past and planned for.
The audiological explorations which accompany The Marks Upon The Land book are:
Tracks 1-4: Wild Hope Flowers by David Colohan & Richard Moult.
(Included as a 3 inch mini-CD with the book.)
Tracks 5-8: The Dark Chamber EP by A Year In The Country.
(Included as an all black CD with the book.)
Tracks 9-20: Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels by A Year In The Country.
(Included as a free cassette and download album with the book.)
The download also includes a screen resolution PDF of the book.
Artwork and packaging/book design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.