A new music collective based in Northumberland and Durham, The Shining Levels are proud to present their debut album Music inspired by the novel The
A new music collective based in Northumberland and Durham, The Shining Levels are proud to present their debut album Music inspired by the novel The Gallows Pole on Outré.
Written and recorded on the edge of the northern English moors and using rural folk musicians, loops and electronics, the result is a heady brew of gritty landscape hymns, ethereal acid-folk, borderlands ballads, 70s folk horror TV/film atmospherics, mood pieces, echoes of the colliery bands of old, moor-top drones and much, much more.
Music inspired by the novel The Gallows Pole sees The Shining Levels tread similar topographical terrain to The Unthanks, and shares DNA with such disparate musical ancestors such as Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Bridget St. John and Tom Waits, though is its own beast entirely. A combined love of ambient music, hip-hop production and musical obscurities from far-flung countries meanwhile ensure this is a folk record in a very real – and very modern – sense.
Drawing on a shared childhood and background with the author, The Shining Levels’ music explores themes from the book: an England divided, the potency and mystery of remote rural landscapes, industrial progress, the changing seasons, shifting fortunes, self-delusion and self-aggrandisement, poverty vs wealth, societal power structures…and strange visions of mythical creatures.
See them live at The Social on 12th June – TICKETS
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5 Little Portland Street