Rough Fields is the operating name of James Birchall from Manchester, UK, which brings together the disparate strands of Birchall’s previous musical paths through folk, classical, rock, minimalism, electronica, electro-acoustic and experimental composition. Rough Fields – Watery Fable (Clip) by bombshop
The project began at the end of 2010 when an period of isolation lead to a lot of time spent alone in a studio with a range of instruments, plenty of booze and a reasonable degree of introspection.
Recorded in January 2011 in a flat in Tottenham, “Watery Fable” is a (thoroughly fictional) tale about the last two living members of a made-up tribe, and their ultimate abandonment of their traditional land. It’s a vague parable of letting go, non-entrenchment,
The sound sources are found objects, rescued instruments, mechanical toys, weird artefacts of analogue kit and a healthy dose of environmental recordings.
The fidgety, lo-fi clicks and claps are beefed up on the B-side by Elias Linn for a bass-heavy percussive remix.
“Watery Fable” is released on digital and deluxe 7″ vinyl featuring artwork by photographer Sarah Faraday.
Rough Fields ‘Watery Fable’ (Bomb Shop)
Release date: Jun 6, 2011