Cotton, Alison: All Is Quiet At The Ancient LP

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“Vinylization of the second cassette released by UK string player Alison Cotton. We first ran into Alison’s work in its more overtly folky guise, as a member of Left Outsides. Then we caught the scent of an amazing tape she did with Michael Tanner (aka Plinth) that displayed her more avant garde leanings. All Is Quiet followed the same lines, albeit in solo fashion, blending long dark viola and harmonium lines with vocals drawn straight from the clouds. The effect resembles Tony Conrad in places and John Cale’s work with Nico in others, while remaining trademark Alison Cotton throughout. And as nice as the tape was, it’s even nicer to has this music on an LP, since it’s an archival format and will outlive all of us if properly cared for. Just as the music of Alison Cotton feels as though it was designed to last through the ages. Beautiful stuff.” –Byron Coley, 2018

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