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Only Darkness Now

by Alison Cotton

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** Limited edition Bloxham Tapes cassette is sold out, but the VINYL EDITION (Feeding Tube/Cardinal Fuzz) of this modern classic is now available. To support the artist directly, visit: theleftoutsides.bandcamp.com/album/only-darkness-now **

Bloxham Tapes BT22

Bloxham Tapes is proud to announce its 22nd release: ‘Only Darkness Now’ by ALISON COTTON.

On this, the follow-up to her previous album ‘All Is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre’, Cotton returns with a selection of new works that bridge the everyday world of dust and grit with that of the churning stars above us, a sound both otherworldly and utterly down-to-earth.

Cotton’s now recognisable instrumentation (including viola, chimes and Omnichord alongside percussion, harmonium, piano and voice) yields maximum impact here – and atop the cleansing drones perches Alison’s magisterial vocal, surveying the widescreen cosmic psychedelia unfurling below.

Here we have Cotton’s take on Dorothy Carter's 'Shirt of Lace', liberated from its rustic roots, set free into the cosmos. It’s less a cover and much more an interpretation; a jumping-off point that’s faithful to the source material.

We also see narrative threads continue to be woven as we return to the protagonist from Cotton’s song ‘The Bells of St Agnes’, as part two of her tale is revealed on the track ‘In Solitude I Will Fade Away’.

This album of tone-poems bears witness to an artist convening with the complex strata of our world, both physical and spiritual. They leave behind the thrum and rubble of our daily grind, lifting ever up and vibrating outwards into the many vast unknowns.


'Only Darkness Now' is available on cassette via Bloxham Tapes (31st July 2020), followed by a vinyl pressing via Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube Records (Oct/Nov 2020)


released July 31, 2020

All tracks written by Alison Cotton except Shirt of Lace (written by Dorothy Carter)

Produced by Mark Nicholas
Mixed by Mark Nicholas/Alison Cotton
Behind the Spiderweb Gate first appeared as a track on the Longform Editions Bandcamp project

Mastered by Dean Honer

Design by Luke Drozd


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