Recorded in January 2011 in a flat in Tottenham, “Watery Fable” is a (thoroughly fictional) tale about the last two living members of a made-up tribe, and their ultimate abandonment of their traditional land. It’s a vague parable of letting go, non-entrenchment, fluidity and moving on. The sound sources are found objects, rescued instruments, mechanical toys, weird artefacts of analogue kit and a healthy dose of environmental recordings. The fidgety, lo-fi clicks and claps are beefed up on the B-side by Elias Linn for a bass-heavy percussive remix. “Watery Fable” is released on digital and deluxe 7″ vinyl featuring artwork by photographer Sarah Faraday. Airplay so far from Gilles Peterson, Gideon Coe, Dom Servini and SOAS; coverage in Echoes Magazine, Proper Songs, Newdust, Blind Fun and Visitation Rites. Rough Fields is the operating name of James Birchall from Manchester, UK. The project brings together the disparate strands of James’ previous musical paths through folk, classical, rock, minimalism, electronica, electro-acoustic and experimental composition. After three years spent absorbed in the techno scene in Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and London, Birchall studied modern composition in Huddersfield under Matthew Adkins, Christopher Fox, Michael Clark and other influential figures – a period which also brought him into contact with such luminaries as Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich and Brian Eno.
A Watery Fable
B Watery Fable (Elias Linn Remix)