Recorded during 2012-2014 in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, "Portraits Of A Landscape" is a collection of musical pieces inspired by the Welsh countryside where the ancient landscape is juxtaposed against contemporary industry. The album is split into two distinct halves with tracks 1-5 reflecting the industrial landscape, while tracks 6-9 celebrate living alongside nature within the Welsh countryside.
released November 6, 2014
Gavin Lloyd Wilson - guitar, bass, synthesizers, samples, field recordings, etc
Luke Boardman - drums on “Modus Operandi” and “Glacial Express Way”
Nick Martin - bass and keyboards on “Modus Operandi”
Paul Williams - Cubase on “Modus Operandi” plus synths and samples on “Baglan Bay” and “Conveyor”
Remix of “Baglan Bay” by Marko V of Salakapakka Sound System - ikuinen-kaamos.blogspot.com
Vocals and lyrics on “Under The Same Stars” by Ghost Dust - www.ghost-dust.co.uk
Sampled voice on “Baglan Bay” - Jean Bonnin
“Baglan Bay” composed by G L Wilson and P Williams
“Modus Operandi” composed by G L Wilson and N Martin
All other tracks composed and arranged by G L Wilson
Recorded in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, Wales, 2012-2014
Drums on “Modus Operandi” recorded by Colin Alltree, Beats Ahead Music, Northwich, Cheshire, England
Mastering by Alisa Coral - www.spacemirrors.com
A Spurious Transients production - spurioustransients.blogspot.com
© 2014 Spurious Transients
Praise for "Portraits Of A Landscape"…
"'Baglan Bay' [consists of] soundscapes, drones, space effects and an electro combination of Hip-Hop and Dub grooves. 'Modus Operandi' is next and quite different, sounding like Can in high energy song mode. The rhythm section pounds away at a potently relentless but cool grooving pace, accompanied by a bee swarm of effects and is coaxed along by a hypnotic guitar melody, and in the last minute winds down in alien electronic mode.
"'Glacial Express Way' [...] is a soaring slab of cosmically majestic beauty, with drawn out melodic and deeply anguished guitar licks, cavernous but nonetheless heavenly atmospherics, and a stumbling yet measured industrial rhythmic pulse with an overall interstellar vibe.
"Wilson has well absorbed his various stated Krautrock influences and synthesized them into something very much his own."
JERRY KRANITZ, AURAL INNOVATIONS
"The final track on the album, ‘Poppit’, is a beautiful piece of music which brings to mind the late Gravenhurst’s more experimental excursions... underneath slight, eastern-flavoured guitar picking runs a field recording of waves lapping upon the shore.
"This is a promising full debut from SPURIOUS TRANSIENTS and worth checking out if only for the more psych tinged, ambient/cosmic side of Portraits Of A Landscape... play the last four tracks either stupid loud or listen to them on headphones, they sound great."
THEE PSYCHEDELICATESSEN, STRANGE THINGS ARE HAPPENING (blog)
"Regular readers will know I often muse on the influence of the landscape on local musicians but I don't think I've come across a recording before that so obviously iterates that relationship."
BB SKONE, PEMBROKESHIRE LIFE MAGAZINE
"Gavin has been around a long time, so I really appreciate that, and he's got a lot of talent..."
DANIEL J HARRIS, THE SOUPY GATO SHOW
"This album, which has moments of very real beauty, is an unholy mixture of folk, psychedelic, electronic and avant garde music. Imagine Can, Throbbing Gristle, Ummagumma era Pink Floyd, and Fairport Convention having a tea party at which Roger McGuinn (in his raga rock phase) was given a birthday present of a whole slew of digital delays, and you might come close. But you wouldn't really. Because this music is indescribable, and crosses so many genres that it is totally impossible to classify.
"But parts of it are very beautiful, others very scary. But it is almost impossible to turn off. There is a new zeitgeist in the air, and various musicians and composers across the universe are tapping into it. And when, in however many years it takes, the music historians are writing the history of this gloriously insane time, this record will be seen as one of the major landmarks."
JONATHAN DOWNES, GONZO WEEKLY