Review of, “The Unlit And Unlovely” in this month’s edition of Nottingham’s Left Lion (issue #53) – Kind words indeed from Ali Emm!
Years After Your Death
The Unlit and Unlovely
“Amid the wealth of guitar bands,
soulstresses, hip-hoppers and singersongwriters on the scene, there is
something more out there that could
well just blow your mind. Years After
Your Death is the solo project of Kingsley
Ravenscroft, one half of Formication. His debut album is a
delicate and beautiful creature that has been ridden roughshod
over with industrial boots. Murders starts the album with
delicate strings that lull you into a false sense of security for,
ooh, at least a minute before haunted samples come into the
mix, the unease sets in and you catch a glimpse of The Unlit
and Unlovely’s darker side. The tension in the music builds as
the album progresses, giving an aural oxymoron that leaves you
feeling calmed yet paranoid. A feat, I imagine, that’s not so easy
to accomplish as a musician. A hypnotic piece that’s well worth
an hour of your uninterrupted time. Ali Emm”
(Left Lion is available free at music venues and independent stores across Nottingham – the cover of the current issue features an illustration by Jon Burgerman)
I performed my first solo gig at The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham on 8th Jan this year – The gig was recorded from the sound desk but sadly the file was corrupted and unusable. However, this half hour set was performed with Ableton Live and as such I was able to master the entire set from the saved arrangement in Ableton Live, which I present here in full. The set features two brand new pieces and reworked versions of Murdered and New Water from my debut album, The Unlit and Unlovely. Thank you to the Chameleon for the opportunity to perform. Also playing that night were Will Guthrie www.will-guthrie.comand Maurice’s Hotel Death lcpmusic.bandcamp.com
The Unlit and the Unlovely is now available to download.
Featuring 11 tracks of lush, dark, electronic minimalism, The Unlit and Unlovely traces the intervening period since the last Formication release, The Eyes of Erodern Reviema from personal disintegration and despair to rejuvenation.
“…Melancholic, introspective, icily stark, impenetrable, hypnogogic… scratched into the surface of what came before to pull apart the old wounds and hopefully inflict some new ones.”
More than three years after Kingsley and Alec recorded the sessions, which gave rise to the Formication album, The Eyes of Erodern Reviema Kingsley’s debut solo album is just a week away from release on Monday 26th November.
Featuring 11 tracks of lush, dark, electronic minimalism, The Unlit and Unlovely traces the intervening period since the last Formication release from personal disintegration and despair to rejuvenation. Click the track titles for exclusive previews of tracks 2 and 6 from the album on Soundcloud now.
- How to Approach Anger
- Little Box of Perfume
- Zombie Killer
- Dead Files Song
- Dead Files (Feeling Pretty Fine)
- I’ll Be There
- New Water
- Corridor 2a
- Spider Webs
Melancholic, introspective, stark, impenetrable, hypnogogic… scratched into the surface of what came before to pull apart the old wounds and hopefully inflict some new ones.
The debut album from Years After Your Death will be released for download and CD on demand on Monday 26th November.