Silver Pyre - Skull In The Meadow
Limited Edition Cassette of 60
Written and produced by Gary Fawle
It’s been 9 years since the release of AeXE, and 12 years since the well received, and currently unavailable debut eps i) and ii). And after a shelved album and a cache of unreleased material in the interim, Skull in the Meadow sees Gary Fawle opening the door again to re-light his Silver Pyre.
SITM was recorded across four seasons in 2018 and 2019 after Fawle left Bristol due to ‘being sick of bloated rent prices and a string of unstable housing situations,’ and written during a transition into nomadic living.
Largely swapping the sparse electronic soundscapes of AeXE for the immediacy of chiming guitar riffs, Fawle creates a hot sun-drenched sound as the vehicle with which to deliver his rich prose. As with his previous material (AeXE and Silver Pyre i and ii), Skull in the Meadow continues to explore our relationship to place, with Fawle’s writing stirring up images of rural mysticism, ancient land temples, and spirits at the edges of perception; while at the same time hammering out contemporary issues of environmental destruction, disconnection, borders, and the myriad side-effects of capitalism. The songs are peppered with personal experiences of love and loss, fear and joy, and Fawle injects doses of humour and social observation throughout to colourfully muse upon uncertain futures.
The recording sessions for SITM took place in several off-grid locations in Somerset, Devon and Monmouthshire, where Fawle was joined by Nick Hall (Dakar Audio Club) who threads improvised electric guitar parts through most of the tracks, and Zoy Greylake, an old traveller friend of Fawle’s who plays the drums and percussion. Modular synth maker Tom Bugs returns to Silver Pyre to collaborate on ‘Learning a Language,’ which was recorded at his BugBrand studio in Bristol, and additional backing vocals on the album were provided by the Florence twins at their home on Dartmoor.
The cover of the limited edition cassette features a hand drawn version of a Neolithic chevron and lozenge motif hammered into a standing stone that lies within the burial chamber of Barclodiad y Gawres, on the island of Anglesey.
Gary Fawle currently lives out of his van, mostly in the South West.