Wednesday, September 24, 2014


For some time I have greatly admired the music and writing of Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson, who together comprise Corbel Stone Press. They produce rare compositions and publications, works of austere beauty, with delicate attention to detail and a fine sense of form and of space. Drawing on time dwelt in landscapes they study and inhabit with care, their work is infused by melancholy and loss: but it also makes an affirmation in the way it records and memorialises the things we have lost.

The latest project from Richard Skelton, available now for pre-order and to be released in early October, is Nimrod is Lost In Orion and Osyris in the Doggestarre, an album and book inspired in part by the prose of Sir Thomas Browne, some of the most elaborate and arcane in the English language (Arthur Machen, amongst others, was a great appreciator of his work).

Here is part of the description by the Press:

"Richard Skelton's first solo album in two years is preoccupied with 'the great volume of nature', its delicacy and violence, light and dark, solace and psychological burden. The music hovers between the empyreal and the subterranean, and - framed by the accompanying book of texts, art and photography - offers what Skelton describes as a 'picture of a wood through which slanting light dimly traces other forms'."

Mark Valentine

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