Monday, 13 June 2016

Fractures, both real and auditory

Some of you may know that back in July 2015 I took an unplanned short cut down a flight of stairs breaking various bones, my tibia in particular.  Surgery ensued and everything was nailed back together and much of the last 11 months has been dedicated to recuperation and physiotherapy and learning how to walk again to the point where I was just using a stick when I was out and about.

Until that is three weeks ago when my leg decided to give way on me at the top of a flight of steps and I crashed to the bottom breaking my bloody hip this time. And yes, you've probably guessed, the same leg.  So, more surgery, more nails and the stick goes and sits in the corner and I'm back on crutches for the next, hopefully short, while.

It's not been what you'd call a fun 12 months.

There have, of course, been good things too and one of those is happening today with the release of the latest compilation from the very fabulous 'A Year in the Country' blog which features an exclusive British Space Group track called 'An Unearthly Decade'.  The name of this compilation that I'm writing to you about whilst nursing my broken leg, would you believe 'Fractures'.  Oh irony how I love you.

As with all the compilations in the series the album is based on a theme,  for this one it was '1973'. 

Most of the themes sounded intriguing but I knew due to what had happened and my then imminent return to work I was only really going to be able to commit to one of the releases so I chose the one that caught my eye the most.

So what happened in 1973 well, it was the 10th anniversary of Doctor Who and musically it's also the point where glam rock is becoming well and truly established (or 'dead' according to Marc Bolan) so I started to wonder about what it would have sounded like if the BBC had demanded that Doctor Who had adopted a glam rock strut alongside it's customary bleeps and boops.

The finished version is available today along with a plethora of other goodies from some friends - Keith Seatman, Grey Malkin (The Hare and the Moon), Paul Snowdon (Time Attendant) and David Colohan - and some fellow travellers  - The Rowan Amber Mill, Listening Centre and more.

The album is available in various beautifully packaged editions plus as a download from the ubiquitous Bandcamp page below.

I hope you enjoy.