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Folklore Tapes present an absolutely stunning celebratory mixtape and zine project: Library Catalogue Cassette Volume 1 2011 - 2016 to mark the label's fifth year at the forefront of traditional spectral ambience and countryside alliance within various forms of music and folklore. Made in an edition of fifty copies only, it details every release on the label to date and features an extensive history of the label written by Jez Winship.
When Folklore Tapes first emerged back in 2011 with the frighteningly scarce Two Witches split from head researchers David Chatton Barker & Ian Humberstone, it sparked immediate interest within the library/reissue/diggers sphere that revolved around Finders Keepers & B-Music universe, this led to Two Witches being snapped up for vinyl treatment by Demdike Stare and Andy Votel's Pre-Cert imprint.
What followed on from Two Witches was the building of a universe of artists & musicians, speakers & writers that led the label on journeys through England taking in all manner of local legends and myths. From the roadside grave haunted by Kitty Jay as detailed by Anworth Kirk, Sam Mcloughlin's travels towards Inland Water, Paper Dollhouse and Magpahi's extensive mapping of rituals & practices.
While the origins of the imprint are rooted in Devon (the beautifully compiled Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor project being the project's flagship release) the imprint across its lifespan to date, has travelled to Cheshire to shine a light on the topography & magic around Alderley Edge, Lancashire for the anniversary of the Pendle witch trials and even to Oxford to try and make sense of the haunted tales of the Sandford Lasher. As well as various loosely associated releases including the Sounds Of Insects and the Show Your Sketches series.
Described by the label as: "an ongoing research and heritage project exploring the folkloric arcana of the farthest-flung recesses of Great Britain and beyond. Traversing the mysteries, myths, nature, magic, topography and strange phenomena of the old counties through abstracted musical reinterpretation and experimental visuals." we have been following David and Ian's work over the past five years and for us, feel them to be carrying out utterly crucial work through the creative mediums of art, music, design & events.
Existing in a sphere outside of the norm, Folklore Tapes have over the past five years crafted some of the must uniquely compelling music and design to emerge from the British underground, and Library Catalogue Cassette Volume 1 will act as a timely reminder to the vital ongoing research and heritage exploring the folkloric arcana of the farthest-flung recesses of Great Britain and beyond.