Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Heavenly, Caught By The River, Rivertones, Be One, Wolfgang Buttress, Milan Expo, 2015, UK Pavilion

An album of music arising from the UK Pavilion at last year`s Milan Expo. Music to accompany a “walk-in” sculpture called “The Hive” designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress to simulate the conditions of a bee colony and highlight the plight of the insect, who’s declining numbers threaten the essential process of pollination and so eco systems the world over. The bees` signals, their songs, were streamed live from an apiary in Nottingham into the installation. Their “begging”, “tooting” and “quacking” augmented by loops created by Kev Bales and Tony Foster, who improvised in the key of D with vocalists, cellists, the Amiina string section (Sigur Ros), Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) and Youth (on a found harmonium). Nature`s frequencies resonating with the English countryside bear crazy similarities to La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela`s Dream House (quite different to Apiento`s abode), assisted in part by Mellotron drone. An aural postcard of landscapes left but not forgotten. Listening 6000 miles away I see fields of gold, sunflowers turning and opening in response to morning. A meditation on summers past that combines the KLF`s “Chill Out” with Virginia Astley`s “From Gardens Where We Feel Secure”. The insects fizz and crackle like flame and I see images of workers, not necessarily bees, soil being tilled, crops harvested, bales cut and roped like steers, stubble raised. All remembered fondly in an old warm light.

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Heavenly, Caught By The River, Rivertones, Be One, Wolfgang Buttress, Milan Expo, 2015, UK Pavilion

“One” by Be is the first long player released by Caught by the River’s record label Rivertones.