Undercurrents

by A Year In The Country

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with 3 x inserts and badge.

    Further encasement details:
    1) Custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
    2) Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.
    3) Back of one insert hand numbered and signed.

    Hand-finished and custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink by A Year In The Country.

    Library Reference Number: A010UD

    Includes unlimited streaming of Undercurrents via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 104 

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  • Streaming + Download

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 1 x large badge, 2 x stickers, 1 x print.

    Limited to 104 copies. Free UK shipping.

    Further encasement details:
    1) Booklet/cover art custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
    2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box with cover print.
    3) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).
    4) Black string bound booklet: 12 pages (6 sides printed);
    Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper, heavy card and semi-transparent vellum.
    Hand numbered and signed on the reverse.
    5) 4 x badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
    6) 1 x large badge.
    7) 1 x square sticker, 1 x landscape format sticker.
    8) Print on textured fine art cotton rag paper. Hand numbered and signed on the reverse.

    Hand-finished and custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink by A Year In The Country.

    Library Reference Number: A010UN

    Includes unlimited streaming of Undercurrents via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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about

Undercurrents was partly inspired by living in the countryside for the first time since I was young, where because of the more exposed nature of rural life I found myself in closer contact with, more overtly affected by and able to directly observe the elements and nature than via life in the city.

This coincided with an interest in and exploration of an otherly take on pastoralism and creating the A Year In The Country project; of coming to know the land as a place of beauty, exploration and escape that you may well drift off into but where there is also a sometimes unsettled undercurrent and layering of history and culture.

I found myself drawn to areas of culture that draw from the landscape, the patterns beneath the plough, the pylons and amongst the edgelands and where they meet with the lost progressive futures, spectral histories and parallel worlds of what has come to be known as hauntology.

Undercurrents is an audio exploration and interweaving of these themes - a wandering amongst nature, electronic soundscapes, field recordings, the flow of water through and across the land and the flipside of bucolic dreams.



Music by A Year In The Country.

Artwork/packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

Artifact #4a


More details at:
www.ayearinthecountry.co.uk/artifact-report-3252a-year-country-undercurrents-released/



The album is released as part of the A Year In The Country project, which via the posts on its website and music releases has carried out a set of year long explorations of an otherly pastoralism and hidden tales of the land and culture.

Alongside the digital edition, it is sent out into the world in two different hand-crafted Night and Dawn editions, produced using archival giclée pigment inks; presenting and encasing their journey in amongst tinderboxes, string bound booklets and accompanying ephemera.



"Cathode hiss and transistor hum from the bottom of the lake... the dark electronics of “Currents” echo the music of the future as the past once imagined it might be, distorted though the passage of time has rendered it; “The Heart of the Storm” is the sound of ancient machinery warming up for an evening’s romp."
Dave Thompson at Spin Cycle/Goldmine
www.goldminemag.com/blogs/spin-cycle-blogs/reviews-gene-loves-jezebel-child-ballads-bordellos-year-country-elp-anthony-phillips



On previous A Year In The Country releases:

"A Year In The Country quietly go about their business releasing beautifully packaged music that is influenced by folk, electronica, drone as well as by landscape, time and place... each have themes running through them, tying the music together and seemingly telling a story as they unfold." Terrascope

"…one imagines such editions being buried in time capsules or cemented in stone walls for future generations to mull over: sedimentary layers of history..." A Closer Listen

"...a response to British folk traditions that acknowledges the history without seeming beholden to it." John Coulthart, Feuilleton

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released August 8, 2017

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A Year In The Country UK

A Year In The Country is a set of year long journeys; explorations of an otherly pastoralism, a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land–the patterns beneath the plough, pylons & amongst the edge lands.

Wanderings through the beauty & escape of rural pastures, intertwined with a search for expressions of an underlying unsettledness to the bucolic countryside dream.
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