Charles Vaughan - Pylon Reveries W&W028


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This release will be presented on limited edition CD with an accompanying Cassette tape, from 24th March 2017. Pre-orders will be shipped on or before the release date.

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Pylon Reveries, the fourth release by the mysterious Charles Vaughan, is a rumination on connection and disconnection. The idea that (nearly) every settlement is connected to the national power grid by the iron giants that straddle the countryside like mysterious sentinels watching over us. And that, in spite of this connectivity and, of course, the connectivity of the internet, we as people don't often connect as well as we ought to. We're overloaded by data, that seems to obfuscate rather than enlighten.

Pylon Reveries is also about the need to disconnect. It's about being in the middle of nowhere and yet finding yourself reminded of everything via the hums and crackles of pure electricity that course through the cables overhead and the lonesome substations that inhabit the remotest of places.

It's a love letter to the ubiquitous totems of utility that inanimately populate our landscape and yet are a source of fascination and intrigue. It's about getting lost in those crackles and drones and the awe of such ominous structures we often simply take for granted.

“From an early age, I had a fascination with pylons. The public information films of my childhood did little to quell this creeping sense of unease. Over the years, this preoccupation has informed my work, inspiring many pieces of music. Some of it found its way onto the 'Substation Index' release, a mini CDr I left at any substation I came across on my travels. It was free, you just had to find it. 

This collection was harvested from the many tapes and hard drives that have been slowly filling up over the years. I hope it makes some sense.” – Charles Vaughan

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Charles Vaughan was a character in the 70's British TV show Survivors, a programme in which a virus has depleted the world's population by around 98%. When we first meet Charles, he is documenting the landscape left behind, collecting information and figures that may be of help in the rebuilding of society.

Charles Vaughan, the musical project linked to epic45, seeks to inhabit a similar world in which the TV version finds himself. A world of near silent countryside, empty buildings, ominous edgelands and the reflection these situations inspire.

2011's Documenting The Decay was a summation of this initial intention and was culled from tape experiments built up over the preceding 10 or so years. Simon Reynolds referenced the album in his Wired article ‘on undead hauntology’.

Another album emerged in 2013, part of Wayside & Woodland's 'Haunted Woodland’ series, in which Charles drew on local folklore and psychogeography to play on the idea of witchcraft that has been whispered about in and around epic45's childhood home of Wheaton Aston for as long as they can remember.