The Book of the Lost by Emily Jones and The Rowan Amber Mill
Released: CD: 31 October 2013 (limited release exclusive to our websites) and 5th March 2014 (general release). Download: 24th October 2014.
Formats: Limited Super Deluxe Edition CD (die-cut hand numbered sleeve, glossy lobby cards and badges). Limited Deluxe Edition CD (die-cut hand numbered sleeve and matt lobby cards). Standard CD. Standard Download from iTunes / Amazon etc. Deluxe Download via Bandcamp.
Songs: 1. The Book of the Lost opening titles 2. "Back, I command you!" 3. Marsh Thing 4. "...the young men ... succumb to this turbulent rage.." 5. The Villagers 6. "Hey man, tell us more about these selkies..." 7. A Necklace of Shells 8. "But Justice, they have poisoned him..." 9. Middlewitch Lake 10. The Book of The Lost Instrumental theme. Deluxe download includes two bonus songs.
The Book of the Lost was the result of a year-long collaboration between Emily Jones and The Rowan Amber Mill. The Book of the Lost is a complete soundtrack to a set of imaginary folk horror films and an accompanying TV series, and was born out of a shared love of classic '60s and '70s British horror films, and most especially, those of the genre loosely described as folk horror.
With the likes of The Wicker Man, Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan’s Claw and Psychomania unsettling their collective memories, they constructed in meticulous detail, a number of their own lost folk horror movies, complete with synopsis, cast and crew, production companies etc, then created songs and dialogue pieces (supposedly) based on these imaginary films. To tie up their dark gathering of lost movies, they used the device of a decidedly low budget, hastily slung together television series called The Book of the Lost which would play these films (fittingly) in the graveyard slot. The album took its name from this series.
The Book of the Lost was initially released on CD in two separate editions. A limited Deluxe Edition that includes the standard edition digipack release along with a hand-numbered, die-cut slipcase housing 5 full colour repro lobby cards. The standard edition is a a full colour four panel professionally printed digipack housing the professionally pressed CD and a lyric booklet
"Imaginary '70s and '80s Brit horror film themes. Romantic folk narratives with a dark-woods chill of pastoral melancholy. The die-cut limited edition (containing lobby cards for each film) is particularly lovely. ***" - MOJO magazine.
"Ambitiously complex.. (the music) features lashings of Paul Giovanni-style melodicism and Marc Wilkinson-inspired spookiness." - fRoots Magazine.
"An utterly spellbinding CD. The Book of the Lost spools out among the most intriguing, intense and, most of all, alluring CDs you'll hear all year." - Dave Thompson, Goldmine magazine.
"I haven't heard anything so evocative of a golden era of leftfield British films and music, even down to the Oliver Postgate-style narration. If you didn't know any different, you'd be adamant this is a lost soundtrack from a cult classic. Utterly brilliant, it deserves a huge audience." - Lee Trewhela, Western Morning News.
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