Trappist Afterland ‎– Afterlander

Sugarbush Records ‎– SB042
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered

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Black vinyl, ltd. to 200 copies, single sleeve, 2nd issue. Completely remastered from original issue.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): 161351E1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): 161351E2/A

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SSLP1003 Trappist Afterland Afterlander(LP, Album, Blo) Sunstone SSLP1003 UK 2015 Sell This Version
SSCD003 Trappist Afterland Afterlander(CD, Album, Ltd) Sunstone SSCD003 UK 2015 Sell This Version
SB042 Trappist Afterland Afterlander(LP, Album, TP) Sugarbush Records SB042 UK 2017 Sell This Version



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October 7, 2017

I ordered a copy from Sugarbush Records. I was happy for the fair price, especially considering his remaster is limited to 200 copies, and surprised by free world-wide shipping. After a couple of weeks (I'm in the U.S.), I began to worry I might never see this show up in the mail, as sometimes happens with shipments from the UK (Amazon sellers, no troubles here), so I inquired about how long it would typically take based on previous experiences, and Sugarbush responded that three weeks was typical. True for me, as it arrived, well packed, at exactly three weeks. As for the album... it is very much the sonic vibes I've been looking for lately. While it sounds like nothing new, which is not a bad thing for folk music, I can't name any one other artist that it sounds like. I here some Incredible String Band, but without the free-for-all meandering I love so much with the great musicians of the ISB... this keeping more to a simple and hypnotic core throughout, with a wide array of instruments hovering like ghosts around the grounding drone of the Indian Tampura, instruments including guitars, oud, dulciar, lute, rar, bodhran, tabla percussion, bell cittern flute, harmonium, cello, loops... Despite this array of playthings, this music is far removed from, say, the almost baroque Michael Cashmore arrangments for Current 93's Of Ruine or Some Blazing Star. Judging by the enthusiastic "special thanks," to David Tibet, not to mention a substantial endorsement written by Tibet on the back sleeve, I was worried this might be derivative of those Cashmore composed, William Lawes inspired, baroque folk albums of C93 (I love those albums, but do not respect imitators, especially imitators or that which is truly not of its time, but is both ahead of and behind its time, timeless?... it surely wasn't "grunge," which was what was happening itself to death at that time), but truly, except perhaps in the "religious"or mystical world-view (with art, the crucifixion, by Norbert Kox) pervading the lyrics (not trite or simplistic in either C93 or Trappist Afterland," this album of work is making no attempt to sound like C93, and it doesn't sound like C93. Incredible String Band comes to mind, Shirley Collins, Donovan at his most Hindu-Trippy, Chris Connelly's hypnotic ecstatic folk/jazz of "The Episodes" and "Forgiveness and Exile" (NOTHING like Ministry!), even Natural Snow Buildings... and I could rattle off a few more artists, but while these artists come to my mind, I can't say that this album sounds like anything released by anyone else, especially not in any derivative fanboy "retro" or copycat way. It doesn't sound like yet another self-conscious meta-retro album, so prevalent now in "new" music.

That said, why is it that the newest sounding music is being made by artists who were cutting edge forty years ago, never stopped making new music, never got stuck, or hardly ever... New music from C93, for example, from Swans, from Nick Cave... artists who aren't imitating anyone, not even their own earlier work? I accept the claim may stem from ignorance... I don't claim to have "heard it all."

I'll tie this overly long block of text up with my recommendation for this album, but if it sounds like your cup of tea, you'd better get it while you can... 200 copies pressed. It's an album I'm going to enjoy having and listening to. Also, I like the Trappist monks I've met... used to go do "retreats" at monasteries in KY and GA in the U.S. I also like Trappist ale!