The Quietened Cosmologists is the latest release from our friends at A Year In The Country, a boutique label with a string of lovingly crafted limited edition albums under their belt, including Howlround’s Torridon Gate back in 2014 (there are still a few CD copies left if you hurry). We’ve contributed a brand new track to this latest in their ongoing series of themed compilations, ‘Night Call, Collect’, inspired by the classic Ray Bradbury short story of the same name. There’s also exclusive work from Grey Frequency, Time Attendant, Polypores and many more. Available for pre-order, why not whet your appetite with this playlist of teaser clips:
The Quietened Cosmologists is a reflection on space exploration projects that have been abandoned and/or that were never realised, of connected lost or imagined futures and dreams, the intrigue and sometimes melancholia of related derelict sites and technological remnants that lie scattered and forgotten. It takes as its initial starting points the shape of the future’s past via the discarded British space program of the 1950s to 1970s; the sometimes statuesque and startling derelict artifacts and infrastructure from the Soviet Union’s once far reaching space projects; the way in which manned spaceflight beyond Earth’s orbit/to the moon and the associated sense of a coming space age came to be largely put to one side after the 1969 to 1972 US Apollo flights.