Thursday, June 30, 2022

Live @ Bell Hotel, Holihaven - Fordell Research Unit

Edinburgh’s Fordell Research Unit have just released Live @ Bell Hotel, Holihaven, a digital album in tribute to Robert Aickman’s short story ‘Ringing the Changes’ (Dark Entries, 1964). Depicted as if taking place at the story's eccentric Wrack Street setting, it is offered with ‘Thanks to the Pascoes, and the Commandant’, the main inhabitants of the eponymous establishment. 

The music, in the ambient/drone mode, conveys subtly both the ominous brazen tolling of the bells and the desolate bleakness of an English seaside resort, and, as it builds, captures the tale’s remorseless atmosphere of the sinister and strange. 

(Mark Valentine)

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