28 Jun 2005
The Beauty of the Empty Vessel 
The Occasional Keepers are Bobby Wratten (The Field Mice) with Caesar and Carolyn Allen (The Wake), plus guests. The minimalist and meditative debut album is released by LTM and was recorded and produced by Ian Catt (St Etienne) in April 2005. The album is available direct from LTM ahead of the July in-store date.


The Bracken
Rose-Scented Fire
J. Carpenter Kid
Of Nightingales
Concrete Music
In Quiet Isolation
North Sea Rig
The Crackle of Debris
The Last Lighthouse Keeper

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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