Philip Jeck sadly passed away at the end of March 2022. But before he died, he was able to work on some audio files sent to him by Chris Watson, who writes:
"In 2017 I was recording along the north bank of the Humber estuary and one morning driving back from Faxfleet I was stopped at the Oxmardyke rail crossing. The gates were down. After setting up a microphone array by the tracks for a passing freight train the signalman shouted an invitation to climb up into the gate box to make some more recordings.
Over the following weeks I made several return trips to Oxmardyke and gathered a broad palette of recordings. I discussed the sounds, stories and history of the site with Philip after a show and we were both excited by the potential of making a work together.
Philip was drawn to the ancient history of the area from 6th century Anglo Saxon times to the Knights Templar and how the sounds, rhythms and textures from those periods may still inhabit the contemporary landscape. My thoughts took inspiration from 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and the painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed' by Joseph Turner. We agreed to share ideas and exchange tracks.
Oxmardyke gate box has now passed into history.
I sincerely hope that my contributions may frame Philip's exceptional work."
“....this is gonna hit a sweet spot. But there are few other artists able to capture such a peculiar (and particularly British) mood. It's like hearing an audio treatment of M. R. James's most unsettling short stories - tales that leave you in a cold sweat.”
Boomkat — Boomkat
“Album of the Week 15th June 2023”
Reviews — The Quietus
“The final album from the late Philip Jeck is a touching collaboration with master field recordist Chris Watson”
Vanessa Ague — The Quietus
“Watson’s input catalogues a sense of recent loss, Jeck’s murky electronics probe deeper, making contact with everything that has soaked into the ground where Oxmardyke stands.”
Spenser Tomson — The Wire