Epic45是一支由Mogwai,Labradford和Godspeed You Black Emperor衍生而来的后摇乐队,来自英国伯明翰.95年乐队成立时，吉他兼键盘Ben Holton,吉他兼贝斯Rob Glover以及鼓手Mark Oldfield都才只有13岁.在02年5月发行的首张专辑"Reckless Engineers"后，他们又陆续发表了Slides,Against The Pull Of Autumn等专辑，以及大量EP.他们的乐风在数年的现场演奏之间逐渐定型,成为有着沉稳气息的后摇曲风.他们所擅长的氛围营造赋予后摇向上的生命冲动,Epic45现在已经有自信把玩更复杂的音乐内容.新专辑中独立成分偏多,还有些电子迷幻.单纯简单的节奏,适合不经意.曾经熟悉的电鼓被大量吉他营造的氛围覆盖,伤感里镶嵌的点点碎拍又在时刻提醒着你小幸福的存在.
It comes as no surprise to find that Epic45 grew up - and still reside -in a small rural village in the heartland of the English Midlands.Based around the nucleus of 25 year old school friends Ben Holton andRob Glover, Epic45 have had a varied and fluid line-up since their debut in 1999, releasing a series of highly acclaimed EPs and albums for labels such as Bearos, Awkward Silence and Where Are My Records.The band have also received radio airplay from the late John Peel,Steve Lamacq and Verity Sharp over the past few years.
Inspiredby their surroundings, blissful childhood summers and mysterious /inspiring walks the duo have been making music for more than a decade.Their latest album May Your Heart be the Map sees epic45 concentratingon a more bucolic sound, mixing cyclical acoustic guitars, chimingreverbs and field recordings. Using a blend of analogue tape anddigital editing/processing, they create a sense of hazy half-remembered childhood memories yet still reflect the harsher realities of modernlife.
The album was originally inspired by 1970s British TVseries "Survivors", a fictional account of a plague that wipes out most of the worlds population. The idea of a near-deserted world in which people have to rebuild their lives amid the ruins of the previous civilisation seemed strangely appealing. However, other themes crept inslowly, the 'empty world' began to represent our lives now andinevitably the duo started looking back to childhood and simpler,happier times. The title is simply a rallying to like minded people, an expression of hope in an uncertain world.
As with previous releases, May Your Heart Be The Map features a collaboration with Antony Harding of July Skies/Avrocar. This time, Harding contributes fragile vocals to the track ‘We Left Our Homes For Winter’.
“Epic45 is about a childhood obsession with hearing ourselves and other sounds played back on tapes, how magical pop music seemed as a child and howit allowed us to escape into our own worlds. It’s become a constant attempt to capture this and turn our memories into sound. This is why we continue.......”
01. May Your Heart Be The Map
02. The Stars In Spring
03. Summers First Breath
04. Forgotten Mornings
05. The Stars In Autumn
06. We Left Our Homes For Winter
07. Lost In Failing Light
08. You Are An Annual
09. The Balloonist
11. The Trees And Lanes
12. We Grew Up Playing In The Fields Of England
13. Early 80's Snowfall