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Towards the Blessed Islands
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CD

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PRAH 001CD PRAH 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
1/7/2014

PRAH Recordings -- a new label set up by Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi -- announces its first release from renowned cellist Oliver Coates. Coates is also an experimental composer of contemporary music, winning plaudits for his collaborations with the likes of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, DOOM, and Massive Attack -- and likewise for concerto performances around the world -- notably, with the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Britten Sinfonia. His arrangement of the Boards Of Canada track "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country" was produced with Mira Calix and released on the Warp 20th anniversary box set to wide acclaim. Coates followed this with a duo album of cello drone and electronic noise with the long-term Brian Eno collaborator Leo Abrahams, entitled Crystals Are Always Forming. Towards the Blessed Islands (the title taken from a poem by Norman MacCaig) is Coates' debut album and devotes itself to rich sounds and clear harmonies which develop slowly over time. The cello is tuned or strung differently, or thrown into an unusual playing method on every track. "Think Sonic Youth and their guitars," says Coates. Reflecting a decision this year to explore a different approach to space, architecture and music-making, Coates didn't use a conventional studio set-up to record the album, opting instead to use churches, tombs, disused oil rigs and taking field recordings in railway stations at night. Includes contemporary cello pieces with versions of songs by This Mortal Coil/Roy Harper, Squarepusher, Xenakis, and more.