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1.
Churches, Churches rise and fall, Churches rise and fall, Waiting for your faith, Someday, Someday we'll all be gone from here, Someday you'll pass on, With your orange light, With your blue fog, You and your orange light, Me and my blue fog, You and your black dog,
2.
Windowless 07:51
I'd like to know, How you survive? Your life's work blown away, With a sweet aside, A coincidence, A singularity, The universe has slipped through your hands, For me it's only song, For me it's only song, How do you survive, When you're gone so long? I build with stone, Up to the sky, It's dark and cold and windowless, But I want to fly, Up to the sun, Feed all my dreams to the machine, Still I seek, Where the clouds part, And the stone is warm, A breath of relief, Home to work, Work to home, Peer through the rain on the windshield, Stone cold at the end of the rainbow, For me it's only song,, How do you survive, When you're gone so long? I build with stone, Up to the sky, It's dark and cold and windowless, But I want to fly, Up to the sun, Feed all my dreams to the machine, I'd like to know, How you survive? Your life's work blown away, With a sweet aside, God roll the dice, God move me on, To another square, Change my day to night, For me it's only song, How do you survive, When you're gone so long? I build with stone, Up to the sky, It's dark and cold and windowless, But I want to fly, Up to the sun, Feed all my dreams to the machine,
3.
I'm scared of my heart, And that it will leave me, I'm scared of my heart, And that it will deceive me, I'm scared of the start, I'm scared of the end, I don't know which way this, This road will bend, I'm scared of my heart, And that it will deceive me, Will there be angels? Pulling feathers from my skin, Leaving sores that won't begin, To heal over, Will there be devils? Pushing glasses in my eyes, Looking hard will send you blind, It's all over, I'm scared of my heart, Or will it be so calm, The dark spring flows on, I'm scared of my heart, I'm scared of my heart,
4.
Sadness, Sadness all over, When I walk the streets near home, I taste it on my breath, Our children, Now they are much older, I feel it on my shoulder, The clean white hand of death, Oh not so long ago, A new beginning, A laser point of light, Picking out, A distant far horizon, A neat and tidy, Clean white design for my life, Older, Now we are much older, We should be at peace, Need you, Need me, Bitterness, An eastern cold, A western fire, The body needs completion, We're wearing out our years, In a costume damp with tears, We're wading through mud on a darkening track, My stone cold heart it takes no prisoners, You're free to leave at any time, You've given birth to our hostages, We'll carry them for all our time, Wading through mud on a darkening track, An eastern cold, A western front, I kept a picture from a skip, I creamed the scum of chintz, A prince, A princess, A fairytale reminder, A brother sister finder, A cross to bear,
5.
Wind blow gentle on my skin, Wind blow gentle on my skin, Show me I'm alive, So alive I could burst, Wind blow naked on my skin, Green nature lay me down, Green nature lay me down, Icy blue water, The sun and the moon, Green nature lay me down, Wind blow naked on my skin, Show me I'm alive, So alive I could burst, Wind blow gentle on my skin, Ain't nothing right, Green nature lay me down, Green nature lay me down, Icy blue water, The sun and the moon, Green nature lay me down, Stars in space shine down, Stars up in space shine down, Sun and moon, Stars up in space shine down, Wild plants and beasts be my crown,, Green nature lay me down, Wind blow naked on my skin, Wind blow gentle on my skin, Show me I'm alive, So alive I could burst, Wind blow gentle on my skin, I'm failing, I'm failing, I been failing all my life, I'm failing baby, Nothing changing, Ain't nothing right, Green nature lay me down, Green nature lay me down, Icy blue water, The sun and the moon, Green nature lay me down, Wind blow gentle on my skin
6.
Bible 02:48
Bible bash me please, Off a window ledge and out to sea, There’s a garden in the sun, Freedom for everyone, Oh Baby make me change, For the the distance I have run, I should be home, With my heavy heart, I should be home worlds apart, And if the money doesn’t kill you, Something will Isaac playing fills my dreams, Something’s dying mark my wings, I hold my breath, Look what this love brings, Oh no don’t close your eyes, Climb out through miles of sky, Do you know how to speak? This wine tastes bitter sweet, Oh how I waste my time, Ten thousand thoughts of how I love you, Wicked man, I love you, Hold my hand, And if the money doesn’t kill you, Something will, Isaac playing fills my dreams, Something’s dying mark my wings, I hold my breath, Look what this love brings, Bible bash me please, Off a window ledge and out to sea, There’s a garden in the sun, Freedom for everyone, Oh Baby make me change, For the the distance I have run, I should be home, With my heavy heart, I should be home worlds apart, And if the money doesn’t kill you, Something will, Isaac playing fills my dreams, Something’s dying mark my wings, I hold my breath, Look what this love brings
7.
[Dean's vocal] Old gold Cold in the sand To the hand Lead in the head Three lanterns of veiled light shone bright Altered Closed sight Wouldn’t grant permission Transmit my submission Premonitions dreamed earned no remission Fires raged Flared But gave no heat Smoking Writhing Rhythms blue That wrapped the world Whirled it around Revolved it around Involved only me and you Stuck to a timeline that closed us down Glued us to ground Mystical historical histories we adhered to Like lyrical stars Silks mellow as yellow Like a sunny days torn daisy chain tangled across a purpled universe Inverse Diverse Reverse Divorced of everything but me and you Threatened thunder Lightening Sparkling Crackling Frightening Filled with electric melodies Eclectic symphonies Selected memories Trapped in diaries Bound in books Wrapped in words we’d sworn to strike out Score through Ink linked single greetings Lost times that rejection dejection Our eventual defection Healed over for you and me Rising acres of sky upturned as I drove with inverse eyes Making fields of the cosmos A vacuum void of land Solid in the secret air Drenched by the scattered scrawling moon Swinging swiftly up or down Around and around the secret orbit of invisible but tangible you Spread icily thin Vague as dusted shadows imprinted on me by you Which actually I never knew Until then In the dark dusk of another dark dusk not you And all the stars woven across silken orange night Don’t Somehow Make that right Until now In the dark dusk of another morning Another morning Ever Ever Not you Beneath a roof of rainbows Adrift storm whipped seas Clouds were ashen Wind ripped Gripped broken memory Colours Hadron collided Anti matter jig-sawed apart Reality had ended Forced heavy atmospheres to depart He saw knives as red roses Stab retina pierce heart Bleed everyone Everything Parched He saw moons as orange daylight Grim rays pare flesh from bone Peel scars beyond recovery Haunted ghosts who would not roam He saw suns as yellow light Dark scalded beams that wrecked dreams Kept experience at bay He saw leaves as green flints Tear loose Fly the tree Sail a sylvan spinning gale that spun Sped free He saw light as blue rust Broken rooms where chandeliers fell from ceilings Scattered dust He saw print as indigo ink Mark pages Type stories he toiled in as feeble failed art He saw veins as violet violence Cross cracked across skin Torn clawed and sliced Prismatic diamond talons Driving tearing in [Huw's vocal] I walk alone To Borough Hill Through steep valleys The drool of beasts Thick with earth Grinding cold Life slows An ancient wall To shore a kill Witches bottle Release the spell Spirit dissolve All my kings and queens Poison my dreams And poison my forests And I can't hear Hear the truth anymore Then on a good day Heaven on Earth The clear song of grasses The magnetic force The shifting of tides Nothing left but the outline How I reach for The warmth of the sun At the height of summer I feel The tilting of the fluid in my eyes Slipping over the way Blood drain away Drain away Drain away Blood drain away Drain away Drain away Blood drain away Drain away Drain away Blood drain away Drain away Drain away Blood drain away Drain away Drain away Blood drain away Drain away Drain away Blood River of tears
8.
John Chapman, Died in the night, I'm driving fast, On the M1, Teaching special needs, Yellow submarine, It's a beautiful life, It's a beautiful life, You'll see what I mean, Eventually, John Chapman, Died in the night, I'm driving fast, Into the light, It's a beautiful life, It's a beautiful life, You'll see what I mean, Eventually, You'll see what I mean, Eventually, We'll drive into the light, My family, Eventually

about

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with TORN SAIL, or even the name HUW COSTIN. You’re not the only one, more’s the pity, though he’s been quietly releasing records now for almost two full decades in a variety of guises, not to mention as a featured artist. Nonetheless, COSTIN – who grew up in Cardiff, only to flee to Leicestershire upon his parents’ divorce, before eventually settling in Nottingham – numbers among his fans and collaborators Mark Lanegan (who guested on TORN SAIL’s 2017 debut album, This Short Sweet Life), veteran English singer-songwriter Michael Chapman (who appears on LEISURE & TECHNOLOGY’s ‘Green Nature’), cult downtempo act Smith & Mudd (for whom COSTIN has provided vocals a number of times), and Richard Warren aka Echoboy (from whose aborted The Cold Light Of Day project, formed to represent Soulsavers’ live incarnation, COSTIN constructed Torn Sail). LEISURE & TECHNOLOGY itself, meanwhile, features contributions from Doggen Foster, who plays with Spiritualized and Julian Cope, and Jonny Aitken, drummer on Spiritualized’s Amazing Grace. People have been listening, in other words, even if you haven’t. Yet.

You may – especially upon hearing their music – wonder how TORN SAIL and COSTIN have, until now, passed you by. Another look at that roll call of names will answer the question: COSTIN is, as one label with whom he briefly worked put it, “a marketing nightmare”. His output – whether leading local rock faves Earth The Californian Love Dream in the early 2000s or letting his voice soar on Popsneon’s recent ‘This Town Forever’, and that’s not to overlook his solo romantic rollercoaster, Regrets, along the way – has always been as capricious as the broad musical nature his list of fans suggests. Furthermore, LEISURE & TECHNOLOGY finds him at his most daring. Its sprawling nature represents a celebration of the very freedom that comes with independence – over the years, COSTIN has released much of his work himself – and though it’s arguably that very independence which has left him short of the budgets required for publicists and marketing campaigns, it’s also allowed him to make bold, singular, extravagant records of rare, uncompromised passion. Pink Floyd, The Blue Nile, Robert Wyatt, Massive Attack, O.Rang, David Axelrod: you’ll hear all of them at some point or other, but rarely for long. Each of his records swerves from the beaten track – though COSTIN always eyes his destination – and its subtle surprises still startle after repeated listens. LEISURE & TECHNOLOGY simply does this better than ever.

COSTIN’s voice, as always, is the star. Luxurious and lugubrious, eloquent and elegiac, it’s instantly recognisable, whether tracing out intertwining melodies on the skeletal opener, ‘Orange Light / Blue Fog’ – sparked by a series of losses, not least his partner’s father, who can be heard playing with his grandchildren in the song’s background – or candidly sharing the mundane details of a day that earns the closing tune, in all its Lennon-like simplicity, its title, ‘A Beautiful Life’. In between are six further songs of sweeping majesty, over which the shadow of death also hangs heavy. The extraordinary ‘Green Nature’, its lyrics written over a decade ago, pairs COSTIN with Michael Chapman, whose rough, vulnerable vocal encapsulates its themes of mortality and perfectly matches its spacious, jazzy qualities, while on the spacious, almost eight-minute-long ‘Windowless’, COSTIN seeks escape in music, his chiming guitars underpinned by a glorious, rolling bassline. “When I hear that song,” he admits, “I see ‘hospital green’ - all my songs have a colour – and the lights of the Intensive Care unit. I associate it with stolen commutes to Leicester General Hospital, where my stepfather was looked after until he was moved to a hospice, then died of bowel cancer.”

On the deceptively optimistic ‘Sadness All Over’, moreover, even youth can only remind COSTIN of his own decline – “Our children/ Now they are much older/ I feel it on my shoulder/ The clean white hand of death” – as he examines a weakened relationship, acknowledging “you’re free to leave at any time”. On the translucent, atmospheric ‘Bible’, though, he hands songwriting and chief vocal duties to The Listeners’ Emma Thorpe (who also appeared on This Short Sweet Life), and, amid wraithlike dub reminiscent of Bowery Electric’s Beat, her sweet voice again shares the spotlight with COSTIN’s masked vocals on ‘Scared Of My Heart’, in which life itself is entirely terrifying: “I’m scared of the start/ I’m scared of the end”.

COSTIN insists, of course, that he’s not quite the doom-monger he appears – “It’s just a bit of fun,” he laughs wryly, “I'm not a morbid person!” – but he even lost his studio during the recording process. “I had to tie a lot of loose ends up to finish the record,” he remembers. “I became friendly with Simon White, a successful DJ and underground producer with DIY and Neon Heights, a real punk and a disco head. He really helped me bring it together, and was a constantly positive, shining light who helped make the dark music an enjoyable experience. The man has infinite patience.”

Arguably the record’s highlight – if for its audacity as much as anything – is the drawn-out, psychedelic ‘Blood Drain Away’. Featuring the gritty voice of local poet Dean Geary, it’s an utterly unique drama, part Talk Talk, part Moody Blues, part early Verve, with Costin’s eerie incantations – including “Witch’s bottle/ Release the spell/ Spirit dissolve” – seemingly calling from another realm. Originally written around the time of ‘Windowless’, its first draft related in part to similar experiences, COSTIN explains, “but it became part of a greater collage, taking in layers of history across one of my favourite landscapes, with Dean’s words based on Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast series.”

The song epitomises COSTIN’s urge to answer to nothing but the music and to let his instincts drive him, so much so that Chapman’s vocal for ‘Green Nature’ was first recorded for another song. In fact, he’s still making sense of what he’s done on this new album. “I'm not sure I like it,” he chuckles. “I love it, but it's a strange beast I've set free. I'm struggling to come to terms with it. I'm just not interested in making the same record over and over.” LEISURE & TECHNOLOGY, therefore, is as good a place as any to begin familiarising yourself with HUW COSTIN and, specifically, TORN SAIL. Heady and cerebral, rousing and reassuring, sometimes grief-stricken yet somehow never morbid, it presents the ideal opportunity to experience a songwriter’s songwriter test himself as never before. As COSTIN concludes on ‘A Beautiful Life’, “You’ll see what I mean/ Eventually…”

credits

released August 21, 2020

Blue Fog / Orange Light (3.37)
Huw Costin - Voice, piano, pocket recorder; John Thompson – Bass; Henry Claude – Guitar.
Family and piano recorded at home; Singing, bass, & guitar recorded at Random Recordings, Nottingham.

Windowless (7.52)
Huw Costin – voice, arpeggio guitar, synth; John Thompson – Bass; Jonny Aitken – Drums; Emma Reading – chime guitar; Russyn Cast – flute; Tom Smyth - additional programming.
Recorded at Random Recordings by Huw, except drums recorded at The Old Library by Joff Spittlehouse.

Scared Of My Heart (2.33)
Huw Costin – voice, guitar, programming; John Thompson – Bass; E.R.Thorpe – voice; Sam Hempton – drum programming.
Recorded at Random Recordings by Huw.

Sadness All Over (5.45)
Huw Costin – voice, acoustic guitar, synth; John Thompson – Bass; Emma Reading & Henry Claude – electric guitars; Lee Horsley – Organ; Jonny Aitken – drums.
Recorded at Random Recordings by Guy Elderfield, except synth and harmony vocals recorded by Simon White at Studio 31, drums recorded at Church Road Studios, Brighton by Julian Tardo, and Henry's guitar at Paper Stone, Nottingham by Sam Wain.


Green Nature (Featuring Michael Chapman) (4.57)
Huw Costin – wash guitar, pocket recorder; John Thompson – Bass; Michael Chapman – voice; Doggen – lead guitar.
Recorded at Random Recordings, except singing and drums recorded at Paper Stone by Huw Jones, dogs, humans and crickets at Durban Corbiers, callers at Goose Fair.

Bible (2.48)
E.R. Thorpe – Voice, guitar; Huw Costin – Voice & Rhythm Ace; John Thompson – Bass.
Recorded at Random Recordings by Huw, except crows and static at Bulcote by Huw Costin & Tom Smyth. Bible written and performed by E.R. Thorpe.

Blood Drain Away (Featuring Dean Geary) (7.42)
Huw Costin – Singing, guitar, synth, programming, pocket recorder; John Thompson – Bass; Dean Geary – spoken words; BJ Smith – electronic percussion; Jonny Aitken – Drums.
Guitar & bass recorded by Huw at Random Recordings, Huw's voice recorded at Random Recordings by Tom Smyth and by Simon White at Studio 31. Drums recorded at paper Stone by Huw Jones. Deans vocals recorded at Swanyard, Retford by James Bennet.
Deans vocals originally recorded by James Bennet as Steerpike Rainbow and Drive, written & performed by Dean Geary and taken from the album Geary. Dean Geary. Waves recorded at Aberdeen beach..

A Beautiful Life (3.34)
Huw Costin – voice, guitar, piano; Simon White – synth.
Recorded by Huw at Random Recordings, except synth recorded by Simon at Studio 31.

Art & Design by Scott Poulson at Special Design Studio
Photography by Joakim Boren

Gratitude to all the players, also Jay Cahill, James Pheasant, Huw Jones, Chris Middleton, Justin & Brandon Furse, my family & friends, for taking the journey with us. Simon White for bringing the darkness into the light.

All songs written by Huw Costin/Torn Sail except Bible by Emma Thorpe/Torn Sail; Blood Drain Away by Dean Geary/Huw Costin/Torn Sail.
All tracks mixed by Simon White at Studio 31.
All tracks produced by Huw Costin.
Mastering by JP Braddock at Formation Audio.


A small donation from the sale of each album will be made to support the management of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Woodthorpe Meadow Nature Reserve - a small inner-city site in Nottingham which is managed by young volunteers from the charity’s Keeping it Wild team.

P&C Cwm Saerbren 2020

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Torn Sail make bold, singular, extravagant records of rare, uncompromised passion. Each of his records swerves from the beaten track – though COSTIN always eyes his destination – and its subtle surprises still startle after repeated listens. LEISURE & TECHNOLOGY simply does this better than ever. ... more

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