Release date: January 11th 2016
Format: Vinyl edition of 300 copies and all digital formats
Tales Of H.P. Lovecraft is a collaboration between The Duke St Workshop (Lexicon Of Paragon Pines/Cabin 28) and regarded horror actor Laurence R Harvey (Human Centipede II & III/The Editor).
The album contains two stories (From Beyond & The Hound) by the king of cosmic horror H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft can certainly lay claim to laying the foundations of modern horror, without him the golden age of horror films in the late 20th century would have been very different. The setting is a perfect meeting ground for both actor and group, both of which bonding over their mutual love of Horror history.
The stories were approached in the same way as a screenplay to create a soundtrack in the mind to rival the narrative/visual thrust of film. Exploring emotional undercurrents and dimensions not present in the original works, these new readings were adapted and edited for record by poet and group friend John “The Baptist” Togher. The stories are read with empathy and great skill by Laurence R Harvey who weaves through the material with consummate dexterity. The music takes in Industrial, library electronics, 80’s Krautrock and hushed Satie like piano meditations alongside the groups established sound palette.
The album will be issued in a limited run of 300 on vinyl on Static Caravan with artwork by Marvel artist Sean Phillips.
Vinyl album pressed in an edition of 300 with heavy duty sleeve and insert.
'Perfect' (5 stars) [Record Collector]
'Over 16 tracks, the trio conjure moods ranging from John Carpenter atmospherics to throbbing techno, vividly illustrating Lovecraft’s words, which always presented a terror so frightening it was indescribable. At the very least, these entities are now paid tangible tribute and take on blood-freezing new life.' [Shindig]
'Tales Of H.P. Lovecraft is an excellent marriage of spoken word and music that creates a compelling and genuinely disturbing listening experience.' [The Quietus]
'It’s so intensely terrifying that it should come with a ‘Crimewatch’ warning telling us not to have nightmares.' [Electronic Sound]
'Supremely spooky an engaging spoken word record, full of hauntology style synth work and effects topped off with Lawrence Harvey’s incredible reading of HP Lovecraft. Utterly essential.' [SPENCER'S PICK OF THE WEEK, Mondo Music Weekly]