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Paul Haig \ The Wood [TWI 1239 / CD]


Les Disques du Crépuscule present The Wood, a brand new studio album by Scottish singer and songwriter Paul Haig, previously frontman with cult Postcard post punk legends Josef K.

Paul's fourth solo album for Crépuscule since 1983 was written and recorded over a three year period between 2015 and 2018, and explores glitchy, twisty sonic territories in the vein of Four Tet, Floating Points and Love Over Entropy.

'We can think of the wood or forest as a metaphor for the mystery of the human psyche,' says Paul. 'Like the human soul, it can be a place of hidden meanings and unrevealed secrets. I wanted to try and evoke this through the music and worked hard on finding the right balance of electronic and organic sound samples across a broad range of musical genres.'

Cover art by Kenris MacLeod. Layout by Emma Quinn Design. Available on CD, vinyl and digital (MP3). Vinyl includes digital copy. A limited edition (100 hand finished copies) in a bespoke wooden box is also available and includes the vinyl, CD, MP3, signed card, t-shirt and badge.

Tracklist:

1. Chasing the Tail
2. I Heard Music
3. Sun Flicker
4. Lights
5. Acoustic Mangles
6. The Walk
7. The Wood
8. Floaty Appy

Available on vinyl, CD and digital download (MP3). Mailorder copies of the CD are delivered in a special Crépuscule slipcase. To order any format (including the limited edition wooden box) please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button below cover image, or else contact LDDC by email for other payment options.

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Reviews:

"It's a long time since Paul Haig split from Josef K. In the fact he's been producing solo records since 1982, so perhaps it's high time to put the post punk spectre to one side and look at what is happening in the here and now because Paul's new record shares next to nothing with that band. Maybe a similar spirit of adventure, but sonically a world away. The Wood finds Haig exploring samples, beats, electronics and 'found sound' to sculpt something that's split into eight parts, but very much fit together as a whole. A soundscape of the strange and strangely danceable among the tranquillity in the forest, or of the mixed up feelings of the soul, or both, well that's what I think may be intended anyway."

"Whether that truly comes over is down to each individual listener to judge, but for me Haig has put together a work that's in turns provocative, danceable, obscure, immediate and beguilingly rum, so I'm not sure it really matters. What The Wood actually consists of is eight pieces that mostly are dance/trance-orientated with repeated vocal motifs. The concept gives it an added edge and with a little imagination you can feel the eerie peace of the Forest and the skips and dips of the mind. Aside from the concept there is plenty to get one to, cough, 'cut a rug'. But everything here fits and you have to admire Haig's craftsmanship in the way it has been put together - producing a musical storybook without words in effect. Forty years into his recording career he's still breaking new ground. Long may he strive for the outer reaches, because those who want to be challenged a little in their listening will lap this up." (Louder Than War, 09/2018)

"We like records that push boundaries, and this certainly does that. Sure, Haig has pop hits at his finger tips, but with the eight tracks on The Wood he twists the formula. Opening with the kitchen-sinker Chasing the Tail, its soulful/folky vocal presses hard up against a plinky piano and swooping strings before a delicious locked-down groove takes hold; it's like three songs at once. The mish-mash theme continues with I Heard Music, mixing rave chops with emotive strings. Acoustic Mangles takes modern R&B stylings and puts them through the judderator, while the title track is scuffed-up jazz from the future. Written and recorded over a period of three years, The Wood is a collection of like-minded tunes rather than a journey from start to finish, but it is yet another bold record in a long line of bold recordings from Haig, a man who deserves your attention" (Electronic Sound, 09/2018)