Cubs – ‘Willowfield’ EP
Rusted Rail is proud to announce the release of “Willowfield” a ten-track 3inch extended player by outsider-folk outfit Cubs. Recorded in Belfast, Cork, Galway and Sheffield, these bijou pieces form an intriguing mosaic of 21st century psychedelic-folk. For this recording, Cubs comprise six collaborators: Aaron Hurley (Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon), Cecilia Danell, Eddie Keenan (The Driftwood Manor), Paul O’Reilly, James Rider (United Bible Studies) and Keith Wallace (Loner Deluxe) who craft a fine patchwork of lysergic late night lullabies, spooked campfire ballads and space age folk transmissions. This 3” EP is housed in a hand-assembled and hand-stamped card sleeve featuring a cover photo by Cecilia Danell of an acoustic guitar that perished during the recording of the EP.
Good Shepherd – ‘Ah…Good The Sea’ EP
Rusted Rail is proud to announce the release of “Ah…Good The Sea” a five-track 3inch extended player by Good Shepherd. Following the arrival of a handwritten letter and cd at Rusted Rail HQ the disc hasn’t left the stereo since. The origins of the Cambridgeshire based recording project of Duncan Poyser are explained by the man himself: “On the 20th August 1991 we sailed Good Shepherd IV the mail boat crossing the choppy Scottish waters between Shetland and Fair Isle. As the swell rose tiny Stormy Petrels bounced off the wave crests and White-sided Dolphins rode the bow. We were tied to the rails so we could use our binoculars without fear of pitching into the foaming, grey waters. Adventures at sea at sweet sixteen. Good Shepherd is my Tascam digital 8 track, I boarded her in the spring 2005 and these are my tentative sailings.” Let Good Shepherd’s hushed midnight musings and elemental, atmospheric acoustica guide you home. This 3” EP is
housed in a hand-assembled and hand-stamped card sleeve featuring artwork by Jason Paul Graham.
The Driftwood Manor – ‘Dominican Black Abbey’ EP
Rusted Rail is proud to announce the release of a 6-track 3inch extended player by Irish avant-folksters The Driftwood Manor called “Dominican Black Abbey”. Driftwood Manor mainstay Eddie Keenan worked with a number of long-time collaborators including co-producer Keith Wallace to create an EP which features fiddle player Neil Fitzgibbon, vocalist Annemarie Deacy and guitarist Bryan Higgins making their marks on the recordings. After a drunken conversation about various musical styles and their similarities, Keenan decided to collaborate with Bryan Higgins of Galway doom metal merchants Rites on the new recording, adding some darker edges as well as light to a number of the songs, while Galway composer Annemarie Deacy (formerly of local legends Mirakil Whip) also added her vocal talents to the fray. The lyrics to the songs emerged from an experiment that Keenan was carrying out with a dream journal, recording the stranger elements of his unconscious dream states and interpreting them into the songs. This 3” EP is housed in a hand-assembled and hand-stamped card sleeve featuring a cover photo by Sarah Grimes (September Girls).