We are proud to present two new artists exploring the possibilities of acoustic instrumentation and working in close collaboration. Ben Osborn / Murmeln (Berlin) and Bristol’s Hands of the Heron are jointly touring their new releases: the Murmeln um Schiffland EP (Wanda Portal / Moot Press) and the album As We Lingered (independent release).
MURMELN UM SCHIFFLAND (UK Tour)
Murmeln Um Schiffland is the gorgeous new work by Murmeln, aka multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer and writer Ben Osborn (formerly frontman of Oxford’s where I’m calling from and Warwick / London’s Sleeping Passengers). Thiis debut solo EP is simultaneously released as a book of poems and drawings by Bristol’s Moot Press, and as a five-track audio download on Berlin’s WANDA Portal. The EP is produced by Berlin artist yr lovely dead moon and mastered by cult songwriter-producer Emperor X.
“Beautiful” – BBC Introducing
“Murmeln’s vast history of composition has led him to a subtle sonic blend of electro-acoustic, classical and slacker folk. Haiku and Tanka guide the listener through a dreamlike landscape of modern day archetypes, between the lines and off the page.” – WANDA
“The text of Murmeln um Schiffland drifts tide-like between the connected poles of journal and dream-narrative, or back and forth along a route of passage between poem – lyric – song.” – Moot Press
HANDS OF THE HERON – AS WE LINGERED (UK Tour)
Hands of the Heron is a fledgling folk collective from Bristol who draw influence from diverse sources such as Fleet Foxes, Joni Mitchell, This Is The Kit and Gustav Holst. Their songcraft is inquisitive and intuitive, capturing moments of high emotion and distilling them into vivid, memorable melodies, weaving tales of love, loss and regeneration, with mandolin and harmony vocals at the core, accompanied by accordion, double bass, guitar, flute and anything else they can find.
Their debut album As We Lingered, recorded live onto tape in Bristol, is out now as a CD and digital album.
“Combine rich musical textures and cleverly written lyrics” – Bristol 24/7
£5 entry on the door