The Magnetic North - Death In The Woods

luister | ma. 22 februari 2016 | joris

Engelsman Simon Tong (The Verve), Schot Erland Cooper (Erland and the Carnival) en de Ierse Hannah Peel vormen The Magnetic North, een eigengereid muzikaal project waarmee de drie muzikanten tevens hun lokale geschiedenis verkennen. Op nieuw album Prospect Of Skelmersdale verhalen zij over Skelmersdale in West Lancastershire; Death In The Woods is een van de schitterend gearrangeerde liedjes op de plaat.

The Magnetic North - Death In The Woods

The Magnetic North combineert in haar muziek folky chamberpop met speels gemak met andere invloeden, tot elektropop aan toe. Zo ook in Death In The Woods: muziek waardoor je als vanzelf ruige, weidse Engelse landschappen voor je begint te zien.

Prospect Of Skelmersdale komt op 18 maart uit via Full Time Hobby. Gitarist Simon Tong heeft hier familiebanden, zo kun je opmaken uit het onderstaande samengevatte verhaal dat de band op het nieuwe album vertelt.

"Skelmersdale in West Lancashire was designated a new town in 1961. Part of the UK’s second wave of post-war population redistribution, it was failing within twenty years. Another Northern town facing up to the realities of the Thatcher era, Skem (as it’s known locally) saw house prices spiral down and unemployment figures rise. Prospects for Skelmersdale looked decidedly gloomy until some unlikely saviours stepped in.

In the early ’80s, Skem became the official UK home of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Geographically placed somewhere near the centre of the country, the town was deemed the perfect site for the movement to build their ‘ideal maharishi village complete with gold meditation dome’ (the Guardian). The local community was soon augmented by families from across the country looking to live peaceful, peace-promoting lives with an overriding ambition to spread goodwill to the town and beyond.

Simon Tong was a child of one of those families. 'We moved there in 1984 from Bolton. My dad wanted to be a part of the TM movement in the town. He wasn’t ever a hippie; he’d been more of a beatnik in the ’60s. Growing up in Skem as a teenager, I hated the whole TM thing. When I got to 16 and started practising it for a few years, it worked. I became a lot less miserable and angry'."