Autocity EP

by Calamateur

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Here's what I wrote about this EP on my blog, over 8 years after it was first released:

The Autocity EP was a collection of four long, and fairly disturbing, sonic soundscapes that dealt with the cheerful subject of car-crashes. Yes, it was only my second release but I was already making concept records!

In the months preceding the recording of these songs a close relative of mine had been involved in a car-crash, a young guy I’d known since early childhood had been killed in a motorcycle accident, and Channel 4 screened a 3-part documentary series about car-crashes (from which I stole much of the spoken word material you can hear on the EP) so I’m guessing all of these played a part in the songwriting process.

I remember one person who listened to the CD and said they felt nauseous by the end of it. Another gave the genius one-word summation – ‘Shite’.

Either way, it was never going to be a chart-topper

It was, however, played by John Peel again and was also played on Late Junction, Radio 3’s late night, laid back music programme. (note – if you want to get large royalty cheques for very little radio play, write really LONG songs)

Here are some of the reviews it got:

“…4 pulsating tracks on a 3” cd which somehow mimic engine noise, while samples of crash death statistics interplay in a cursory warning on the evils of the automobile…so spooky that it seems it would soundtrack a space shuttle crash…” – Is This Music?

“…a lovely thing to look at…very pretty beautiful sounding stuff and well worth a punt…” – Norman Records

“…beautifully packaged 3″CD…” – Rough Trade

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released January 12, 2002

Recorded at BadAss Studios and Fertility Doll Studios

Timshel Records (c) 2002
TIM002

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Calamateur Stirling, UK

Calamateur was the name under which Scottish song-writer and noise-maker Andrew Howie released music from 2000 until 2013.

Find his new bandcamp page here:

andrewhowie.bandcamp.com

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