LAST HARBOUR — CAUL
Location: Manchester, UK
Album release: 15 February 2015
Record Label: Gizeh Records
1. Feint 1:14
2. Fracture / Fragment 5:14
3. Guitar Neck 4:33
4. Before The Ritual 3:51
5. Horse Without A Rider 7:09
6. The Deal 4:29
7. The Pressure 4:15
8. The Promise 13:11
Ξ Caul is the new album from Last Harbour. Based in the northern English city of Manchester, Last Harbour play music that has a dark, gothic heart yet a sound that is always beautiful and transcendent. After working with producer Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Spacemen 3, Ghostpoet) on two previous albums, the band took time out after touring to build their own studio in 2013. This new album was recorded in that self–created space over a year between 2013–4 and bears testament to a patient and detailed recording process that allowed time for experimentation and careful arrangement.
Ξ Caul contains all of the band’s trademark cinematic laments and doom–filled rock, but there is also an added layer of raw, bleak experimentation that marries ideally and simultaneously with brighter, almost joyous moments laced with vintage synths and organs. Most noticeably, Guitar Neck moves from a metronomic, semi–spoken verse to a richly orchestrated chorus with the FX–heavy vocal of K. Craig soaring above the pulsing instrumentation. Or there’s a moment in Fracture/Fragment where group vocals take centre stage and the record immediately takes on a deeper and wider atmosphere. The Deal is a highlight, providing a hypnotic, insistent rhythm, menacing vocal and obscured effects, leading off a trilogy of tracks which form the album’s second half, the negative image to the first half’s positive, the two sides of the same story.
Ξ Final piece The Promise is the band’s most ambitious statement of their career so far, clocking in at 13 minutes but never once outstaying its welcome. Beginning with droning soundscapes and minimal notes before opening out into a beautiful, melodic
section which is the most accessible point on the record, it then descends to a haunting, sparse and thoroughly satisfying end. The progression on Caul, from that of its predecessor Your Heart, It Carries the Sound, is clear. There is a new focus, a need to explore, a quest to push further into the void.
Ξ Kevin Craig — vocals
Ξ Gina Murphy — piano, vocals
Ξ James Youngjohns — viola, tenor guitar, organ
Ξ David Armes — guitar, organ
Ξ Michael Doward — bass, vocals
Ξ Howard Jones — drums
Ξ All orders from the Gizeh Store receive an instant download of the full album.
Ξ LIMITED EDITION LP + PRINT || 180g heavyweight LP comes in a beautiful matt finished sleeve with black inner polythene lined paper sleeve. This edition is limited to just 20 copies and comes with an exclusive limited edition 12"x12" letterpress & monoprint poster by Red Plate Press for the first 20 Gizeh shop LP orders. Gold and black ink on heavy grey card. Includes a free instant download of the entire album.
Ξ LP || 180g heavyweight LP comes in a beautiful matt finished sleeve with black inner polythene lined paper sleeve. Includes a free instant download of the entire album.
Ξ CD || Housed in a 6 panel matt finished digifile sleeve. Includes a free instant download of the entire album.
Ξ DIGITAL || Visit our Bandcamp page to purchase digital items in Lossless/MP3 format.
Ξ UNCUT (UK): "Melancholic and cinematic, like Scott Walker re–ordering Bowie's 'Heroes'"
Ξ MOJO (UK): "So much literary dexterity and instrumental skill you feel duty–bound to surrender."
Ξ THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK): “Magnificent. A collection of songs that should appeal to anyone enamoured of Tindersticks and Mark Lanegan.”
Ξ RIFRAF (BE/NL): "An intense listening experience."
Ξ MAGIC (FR): "Dark and mysterious, for fans of The Bad Seeds and Arab Strap."
Ξ DROWNED IN SOUND (UK): "Rich and foreboding, tracing a thread back to the post–industrial soundscapes of Joy Division."
Ξ ARTROCKER (UK): “A spacious, intimate and hypnotic affair, reminiscent of Iggy Pop’s ‘Preliminaries’ with a nod to Timber Timbre.”
Ξ METRO (UK): “Classic outback brooding that recalls the deathly pallor of contemporary Australians The Drones."
Ξ PLAN B (UK): "Swooning dustbowl baroque, blackly turbulent like 16 Horsepower or Lift To Experience."