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The Village Compass

by My Autumn Empire

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Walking Away 03:19
BBC Telford 01:38
Gate Song 02:39
Hatchlings 06:26


Under the name My Autumn Empire, epic45’s Ben Holton has been writing, recording and performing for over 9 years, playing gigs in France, Japan and Wolverhampton.

The Village Compass is the first full solo release from this project and is the result of recordings made during the period of 2005-2008. After a long period of mixing and mastering (courtesy of W&W’s Charles Vaughan) the album is finally seeing the light of day.

This album is a focused collection of compositions centered around the idea of life in a remote village. Far from being a dour, introspective record, the music conveys, in parts, a dreamlike state of self-imposed isolation. However, all is not idyllic meditation. Lyrically, and in the titles, the songs and tunes deal with loss both on a personal and wider scale. It is a yearning for simpler times and a retreat from the complexities of modern life however unfeasable and untenable that may be.


released November 15, 2010


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Wayside & Woodland Recordings England, UK

Wayside & Woodland Recordings was founded by Ben Holton and Rob Glover, and is based in South Staffordshire & The West Midlands.

The home label of epic45, Birds in the Brickwork, The Toy LIbrary, My Autumn Empire, Charles Vaughan and The Balloonist

And has released works by E.L. Heath, Component#4, Richard Youngs, Oliver Cherer, They Go Boom and Mark Van Hoen.
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