We Were Never Here

by epic45

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Q-Burns Abstract Message
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Q-Burns Abstract Message These songs do indeed evoke vast, stumbled-upon locations — as in not the intended destination but captivating nonetheless. The sound is lush and memory-inducing, and, in addition to the occasional guitar, a menagerie of instruments, textures, and field recordings float from track-to-track. We Were Never Here is music for movies you watch with your eyes closed. Favorite track: Among Ruins.
A Strangely Isolated Place
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A Strangely Isolated Place I had this album in a playlist by accident, and every time a track came on from it, I asked myself "what is this beauty?!" - every time it was from this album.
The Green Kingdom
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The Green Kingdom As a longtime fan, I must say that the guys are in fine form here. This release is quickly becoming a favorite. It somehow manages to retain a warm, nostalgic vibe while still sounding fresh and existing as a soundworld all its own. Favorite track: Pond Refraction.
Robin Saville
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Robin Saville what a beautiful thing. lovely music of course and a book that looks like my favourite kind of holiday. Favorite track: By Works.
Prozapine
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Prozapine Without vocals, this collection of tunes presented as a soundtrack to photographs of local environments showcases the more abstract, ethereal and ambient side of Epic45 that has always been there, but here it's stage-front. Many tracks have really intimate, processed ASMR-like sounds and glitches. Best enjoyed on headphones, this is a really evocative aural journey, haunted by ghosts of everyday places. Favorite track: Ritual Ghost.
e6gMan
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e6gMan Beautiful, just beautiful. Looking forward to the rest of this release. Favorite track: Moss Laden.
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    We were supposed to be returning from our Japanese tour today, but for obvious reasons, we've had to postpone touring until next year.

    Just before lockdown, we produced a CD jewel case version of our recent album 'We Were Never Here' exclusively for Japanese fans. Because of the tour postponement, and closure of all record shops in Japan, we haven't been able to sell this version as hoped.

    Due to our Photobook + CD version now being sold out, we wanted to make this version available for anyone still wishing to purchase a physical copy of the album. The CD comes with a 16-page booklet of photos, some of which are exclusive, as well as 2 bonus tracks ('Canal Bridge' & 'Hometime') which will not be available elsewhere.

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  • We Were Never Here Photobook + CD

    epic45 have dedicated their music-making career to the ordinary threads that run through life. Their releases have always featured documentary photography either curated from family albums or created by themselves. We Were Never Here is the duo’s first photography book with a CD companion of all new work. Photographs were taken and the music was created in South Staffordshire 2019-2020.

    In 48 pages the book documents familiar suburban and semi-rural ‘nowhere places’ that exist between large towns and cities, motorways and dual carriageways. A convenience of commuter belt paradises, with row upon row of clinically aligned sensible housing (for those that can afford it!). And the spaces between these where you might find a gate restricting access that leads to no place in particular, or an abandoned outbuilding claiming territory as a dilapidated indicator of ownership.

    "I found a kinship with the works of George Shaw. It mirrored the eye for mundane detail that runs through our visual work and the poignancy that can convey" ~ Ben Holton, one half of epic45.


    Please note: prices are for UK first class and Standard International shipping, this doesn't include tracking. If you specifically need your parcel to be tracked please email sales@waysideandwoodland.com, there will be an extra charge.

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We Were Never Here by epic45 is a 12x12" full-colour photography book and CD accompaniment.

epic45 have dedicated their music-making career to the ordinary threads that run through life. Their releases have always featured documentary photography either curated from family albums or created by themselves. We Were Never Here is the duo’s first photography book with a CD companion of all new work. Photographs were taken and the music was created in South Staffordshire 2019-2020.

In 48 pages the book documents familiar suburban and semi-rural ‘nowhere places’ that exist between large towns and cities, motorways and dual carriageways. A convenience of commuter belt paradises, with row upon row of clinically aligned sensible housing (for those that can afford it!). And the spaces between these where you might find a gate restricting access that leads to no place in particular, or an abandoned outbuilding claiming territory as a dilapidated indicator of ownership.

"I found a kinship with the works of George Shaw. It mirrored the eye for mundane detail that runs through our visual work and the poignancy that can convey" ~ Ben Holton, one half of epic45.

Ben Holton and Rob Glover started writing music together at school. Without the means or funds to do anything else, they looked to their surrounding views; of South Staffordshire’s farmed undulations, Wolverhampton’s high rises, and the radio tower dominating Cannock Chases’ woodland. The duo grew up rurally inspired yet self-consciously flanked by stacked chimney ghosts of post-industry, the mysterious lines of Clent and Clee hill, and the looming peak of the Wrekin; all of which appear closer or further away depending on the days’ visibility. Something immense was always happening in the distance along the hazy horizon; so they looked inwards to the houses, streets and communities.

We Were Never Here, is about home at the centre of nowhere, but it’s also home to a life lived on the periphery of everything else.

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released May 1, 2020

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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, My Autumn Empire and Field Harmonics.

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