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THE RELATIONS

EVOCATION

CASTLES IN SPACE


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Cata No: CiS045
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Neil Hale (Correlations/The Relations) returns to Castles in Space with a stunning new album
of Spectral Radiophonic Psyche-Folk.
“Evocation” by The Relations was recorded at The Acid Terrace and Toyroom Studios in Brighton and The Welshmill in
Frome between 2015-2018. The tracks started life as Neil’s electronic arrangements composed on the OSCar Synth
and a Farfisa Synorchestra before longtime collaborator, Stuart Cullen added his distinctive open D tuned guitar parts.
Penny Ashby recorded her haunting vocal harmonies through a EMS Synthi Hi-Fi FX unit which was also used to effect
guitar and strings along with a Gibson Maestro Woodwind Sound System. Finally, Tim Young wrote and recorded all of
his music box style electric piano parts on the fly in a single 6 hour recording session before adding accordion in a final
marathon session.
The original inspiration for the album was Neil’s love of folk horror/folklore and obscure woodsy acoustic singer/
songwriter types. In contrast to that, it was spending time with the mythical OSCar synthesiser as manufactured by the
Oxford Synthesiser Company between 1983 - 1985 that really formed the basis for the radiophonic aspects of the
album. While the basic structure of the OSCar is a common subtractive synthesis model, it has many unusual features
and design quirks. It has an elementary sequencer which allows the user to play a monophonic lead while a sequence
plays simultaneously. Although only 2000 OSCars were made they found their way into many professional
hands. Ultravox used one for the solo on "Love's Great Adventure", and it is used for the bass on Stevie Wonder's
"Skeletons". It's also all over the infamous "Do They Know It's Christmas?"! Neil spent the time to really get inside this
unique instrument and it’s this deep knowledge and expertise in combination with his vocal and acoustic arrangements
which make this album such a spine-tingling experience.
Spectral Studio’s Nick Taylor provides the lavish folkloric/mystic artwork which captures the mood of the album so
beautifully.

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Press:

Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe have been playing tracks from ?Evocation? over the past few weeks on their
BBC6Music shows

 

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