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THE HEARTWOOD INSTITUTE & PANAMINT MANSE
CASTLES IN SPACE
Format: LP (COLOURED)
Cata No: CiS048
|The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse forge a collaboration made between the Cumbrian Lake
District and the Mojave Desert. This transatlantic journey into the paranormal expands horizons and poses
questions about what we perceive as our reality.
After sell out releases on Polytechnic Youth, Jonathan Sharp of The Heartwood Institute and Wayne P. Ulmer of The
Panamint Manse join forces to create this wonderful album of earthy, organic electronic music, weaving in sampled
spoken passages. the LP takes inspiration from an exploration of obscure paranormal mental & spiritually occult spaces,
reflecting that despite present day cynicism, there can be and still is a mystery behind the simplest of things. Says
Wayne, “It's easy to be cynical about the magic of existence, and I think in a way we were trying to occupy a space that
allowed for some wonder, the ability to just not know. We wanted to make a reminder that these idea states we so often
'grow out of' are not only still present but worth exploration.”
So, magically inclined, work began from their individual locations of beautiful isolation. Jonathan hails from Cockermouth
in the Lake District and Wayne in the beautifully scorched Mojave National Park. Panamint City is a ghost town in the
Panamint Range, near Death Valley, California. Despite the extreme locations, the electronica here is delightfully warm
and humanist in its construction.
The collaboration was initiated by exchanging “a few sketches”, trading them to see what might pan out. The
parapsychology influence started to take shape as tracks like “Clairvoyeurism” and “Zenner Cards” were written. Wayne
again, “I sent “Zenner Cards” first, and was floored with how radically different and fresh it sounded when it came back
from Jonathan - retaining the essence of my melodic phrases but with a widescreen handle on the vibe I was aiming for.
After that we would send sketches back and forth working on bits, talking about notes, directions and intuitive feelings.
We used a lot of analog synths, cassette recordings, a smattering of altered samples and a big book on Parapsychology.
Like the last two Heartwood Institute LPs, “Parapsychedelia”, features another superb Nick Taylor sleeve design with a
full colour insert and initial copies include a redacted letter from The Mobius Group and Mobius Group joiner information
request card. What would YOU
pay to see the future?
Press:'Ghosted with a darkly beautiful
aura that is
locked in a
forgotten 70?s' -
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CASTLES IN SPACE