Richard Skelton: Marking Time - reissue edition
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Design by Mark Gowing
The Preservation label presents the reissue edition Marking Time from UK artist Richard Skelton. Richard has recorded in various guises – as Clouwbeck, Heidika, Carousell and A Broken Consort. Marking Time was his first work released under his own name, and also the first on a label other than his own, Sustain-Release. Through the prolific output on Sustain-Release, Richard stamped a singular vision with his music: a sound that is at once complex and elemental in its questing nature, corporal feel and ultimately life-affirming quality. Marking Time represented a new beginning for Richard finding him at his most direct and intimate, slowly turning on relatively bare textures of bowed strings, piano and guitar. A meditation on loss and the passing of time, its measure of transcendence accumulates in instrumental passages that work like gestures drifting towards a sense of space both rich and real. In reviewing Marking Time, The Wire wrote: “Not a single note is wasted . . .utterly beautiful” After being one of The Wire’s notable albums for 2008, it’s something he continued to explore on his follow-up for the Type label, Landings, in 2010 - another similarly acclaimed album. And as with Marking Time, it is with his music that Richard impacts on and affects that environment, by documenting his ever-changing shape in it by means not only uniquely personal, but universal in a devastatingly beautiful way. This new edition of Marking Time features a new piece called Ford, specially recorded to complement the album’s existing pieces in this updated version, also featuring an reworking of the original artwork by Mark Gowing.
Preservation edition no longer available.