A Year In The Country Presents ‘The Layering’

The latest in a long line of themed compilations from A Year In The Country might just be their finest yet. The Layering features the exclusive Howlround track ‘A Heart Shaped Forest’, alongside new works from old friends such as The Heartwood Institute, Grey Frequency, Vic Mars and lots more.

The album explores the way that places are literally layered with history, and is an audio slicing through the layers of time. It journeys amongst the stories and characters of these layers, including, amongst other aspects, the structures built, events which took place and different era’s technologies and belief systems. Such layering can go far back into pre-recorded history. Much of the earth is thought to have once been underwater, and it is likely that the majority of cities, towns and villages are built in former ocean areas. Current land masses have come to be formed, in part, through a layering of past marine, other life and plants, which in turn are then quarried or mined, subsequently being used to create the infrastructure of contemporary civilisation, and creating something of a cyclical, time-out-of-joint nature to the layers of time…

It’s been in the works for a while after launch was held up by lockdown-enforced delays, but it’s been proved more than worth the wait – as attested to by a decidedly complimentary review from We Are Cult. Order your copy here.

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