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Circle Meets Dot / Henry & FleetwoodOlive Grove
Archipelago Vols. 5 & 6
Released: 6th March 2020
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We’d like to introduce you to the Archipelago EPs. Each split 12” EP is outstanding in its own right, but collected together they form a quite remarkable document. A sublime collection of artists right at the start of their recording career, filled with desire, ideas, and energy, and artists experienced in their craft, finding new ways to create and producing something different and quite beautiful. Eye-pleasing artwork by Kris Ferguson adorns all three records and will form a stunning and surprising vista when sat alongside each other in the correct sequence.
Each artist occupies their own side of vinyl, neighbours to their labelmates only a flip of a record away. The records are all on eco-mix coloured vinyl, they have been produced using recycled vinyl pellets within the plant - every single record is unique.
Henry and Fleetwood - is the musical collaboration of Martin John Henry (De Rosa) and Gillian Fleetwood (State Broadcasters). Despite moving in the same musical circles, it took a tour around the continent for Martin John Henry to want to collaborate with the acclaimed Scottish harpist and songwriter Gillian Fleetwood. The pair met after Henry (De Rosa) was invited to open for open for acclaimed Danish songwriter, Agnes Obel, with whom Fleetwood (The Duplets, State Broadcasters) was playing. During this tour they performed live together for the first time, playing a version of Elliott Smith's Between the Bars with Obel at the spectacular Cirque Royal in Brussels.
Bonding over a shared love for the music of Hamish Imlach, Michael Marra and The Blue Nile, Fleetwood joined Henry on stage in cities across Europe, an experience that left the pair vowing to make new music together on their return to Scotland.
Martin’s calibre as a songwriter of skill and nuance and Gillian’s upbringing in traditional Highland music are creatively and sensitively merged on Archipelago Vol. 6. Produced by Andy Miller (Mogwai, Songs:Ohia, Life Without Buildings), this latest collaboration finds Henry and Fleetwood's imagined landscapes populated by lost voices of a poetic Scotland-past. From the doomed Bessie Bell and Mary Gray to the Ama divers of Japan, Henry and Fleetwood continue their journey to an imagined, infinite place with the forgotten stories of Scotland as their point of departure.
Made up of the impressive component parts of indie folk luminary Jo Mango, and Californian troubadour, A. Wesley Chung (The Great Albatross/ Boris Smile), Circle Meets Dot is a meeting of minds, sparking with energy blending Scottish folk Californian alt-country to form something truly magical.
Circle Meets Dot - Despite having been friends for a number of years, and both having been high profile collaborators (Mango with the likes of Vashti Bunyan, Norman Blake, Admiral Fallow, RM Hubbert; and Chung with Avi Buffalo, Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It and Kate Grube of Kittyhawk) it took a songwriting weekend away teaching others to set the first embers of Circle Meets Dot smouldering. Having set others the challenges of writing their own song, the pair soon thought – “why don't we?”. After squirreling themselves away in a corner of the kitchen, carefully crafting every word and note of melody together, they formed their first song ‘Two Tiny Builders’, which is also the lead track from their forthcoming debut EP.