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MAGISTERIAL Orcadian composer Erland Cooper has released his second choral collaboration with the Shards ensemble, an EP focussing on one of Orkney’s northern islands, Egilsay, featuring four tracks of and about the island with a population of 14. Here at Backseat Mafia we featured a track, the moving, almost holy “Glimro”, at the beginning of …

ORCADIAN genius Erland Cooper has today revealed that his next musical project will be a collaboration with the vocal ensemble Shards, on an EP again an evocation and a love letter to his home archipelago. It’s to be a digital release of four tracks entitled Egilsay, and follows thus in the conceptual footsteps of his …

SIGNING today with one of the leading modern compositional imprints, Decca/Mercury KX, Orcadian composer Erland Cooper has marked the occasion in a fascinating if not entirely expected way. He already has his first album recorded; it’s entitled Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence, and is a new work written and recorded for solo …

THE SUPERB ambient-psychogeographical triptych by Orcadian musician and composer Erland Cooper, Solan Goose, Sule Skerry, and Hether Blether – which themselves are receiving a gorgeous box set treatment, more of which below – is gaining an excellent addendum at the end of next month in Holm, a collection of variations, B-sides and reworkings by artists …

ERLAND COOPER wraps up a year in which he’s brought us much light, creativity and joy with one final aural missive, the choral EP, Eynhallow, out today on Phases. Hether Blether, the concluding chapter of the Orkney Trilogy, seduced everyone who came into its welcoming arms in June, with its delicacy, its history, its cultural …

ORCADIAN soundscaper and composer Erland Cooper has today released one final digitally streamed companion piece to accompany his beautiful Orkney Triptych. Take a listen below. Its a seven-track, 35-minute ambient accompaniment to his most recent album, Hether Blether with the tracks entitled “Cairn I” to “Cairn VII”, for which he collaborated with artist, producer and …

TO THE Barbican, that beautiful, brutalist residential and cultural hub in London EC2: for a gig. A gig! Livestream or not, it’s a red letter day in 2020. Ah … gigs. Aren’t they wonderful, beauteous things. Okay, it’s a livestream event, but look at it out there; am I in a position to choose? Are …

THE DELICATE and psychogeographic recent canon of Orcadian Erland Cooper has, to partially quote Camper Van Beethoven, “increased by exactly one” today, with the release of the gossamer piano yearn of “Holm Sound” ahead of this Saturday’s Barbican performance. He evokes in sound that stretch of water separating Mainland from Barray, adjacent to the village …

YOUR favourite Orcadian psychogeographer and acclaimed forger of musical atmospheres, Erland Cooper, is to give a special performance at London’s Barbican on Saturday, October 10th. The event, designed for live broadcast, is part of the autumn Live from the Barbican series: a dozen events which will also feature Nubya Garcia, Richard Dawson, The Divine Comedy …

To highlight Mental Health week; BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins invited composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper to write a piece of music that highlights how music and sound can help our mental health. The finished track features field recordings by 6 Music listeners made whilst in lockdown, Paul Weller, Galya Bisengalieva (Solo Violin), Robert …