Our Song of the Day is a beautiful unreleased improv from what would have been the second album from The A. Lords. Like their first album released in July 2011 on Rif Mountain, which sold out soon after, each track ‘was a very slow and deliberate paean to the oft maligned (and rightly so) fields of Dorset.’ This is so tranquil & serene.
Tom Scott – Guitar
Aine O’Dwyer – Dulcitone
Nick Palmer – Accordion
Michael Tanner – Bowed things
The A. Lords was a project started by Nicholas Palmer and Michael Tanner. Nicholas is better known for making short elaborate instrumental music as Directorsound and Michael has a history of making longer, gloomier pieces as Plinth. The A. Lords peversely straddle the two, looking down at us with an expression of woe. Although their eponymous debut was released in 2011 the recordings that featured go back several years prior.
If you’ve yet to experience The A. Lords then you should hunt it out, it’s available via bandcamp here.
Each one was a very slow and deliberate paean to the oft maligned (and rightly so) fields of Dorset. The first batch were improvised on summer days spent in gardens, churches and a lovely old wooden summerhouse. The second set of songs made themselves known over two nights in a rusty old barn during Harvest Festival. Microphones were placed in trees outside and under the floorboards, making the tunes regretfully creak into life.
Also, if you enjoyed this then listen to our mix ‘Beltane on the Moor’ from earlier this year below which features other Michael Tanner projects and Clay Pipe Music releases.