In addition to the above, allow us to take this opportunity to remind you of the existence of our new mixtape, compiled of the Jeb’s Jukebox archive. The first of many of these mixes is currently streaming over on our Mixcloud page.
Imarhan’s debut album is packed with what you might describe as slow-burn Saharan space jams. The Algerian six piece are amped and energetic live, all jeans and t-shirts and tousled curls, but the performance and production of this record is the restrained and intimate sound of afternoon heat releasing into the night.
The title means ‘the ones I care about’ in Tamasheq, the band’s Afro-Asiatic language, and that intimacy streams through the record – particularly through the calm sensuality of lead singer Sadam’s sand-and-honey vocals. (more…)
Our newsletter competition prize this week is the beautiful Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor and South Devon.
With cover art by none other than James Lewis (the talented chap behind our Words On Water cover and Caught by the River Thames artwork), passionate wild swimmers Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury share their favourite places to walk and take a dip – featuring wild waterfalls, secret lakes, river meadows and sandy seaside secret beaches.
Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list before this Friday for the chance to win a copy of the book. The sign-up bar can be found on the top right-hand side of the site.
Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor and South Devon publishes 1st May, priced at £14.99. More information and a sneak peak inside the book can be found here.
An extract from Chapter 5 of How to Read Water, published by Sceptre and out now. Available here in the Caught by the River shop, priced at £15.00.
Words: Tristan Gooley
‘Are you OK?’ the short parking attendant asked from above her machine, which was more kindness than this species had shown to me in my life up to that point.
‘Yes, thanks. Very well,’ I replied and returned to my work. I pulled out a camera, not that I needed or wanted one. I have just learned that it calms people down in these situations and saves a long explanation that is not going to be believed anyway. My belly was now cold, after several minutes lying on the Knightsbridge pavement. Perhaps Knightsbridge was not the best location for this experiment. I probably looked like the world’s laziest terrorist, but then I wasn’t sure anywhere would be perfect. After much wriggling and squinting I stood up and stepped back, then squatted and peered. Finally, I found what I was looking for. (more…)
Port Eliot Festival, St. Germans, Cornwall
Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 July, 2016
With the rhubarb thrusting upward and the willow warbler singing strong while hoping to get his end away, it’s time to contemplate the Caught by the River stage’s return to Port Eliot festival – those grin-inducing Cornish vistas that make for one of the most spectacular festival sites in Britain. This will be our seventh year at the festival. Wow! We continue to feel blessed by our setting at Port Eliot – down by the wide, meditative expanses of the tidal River Tiddy. It’s a glorious spot, looking out across the water and round to the arches of the big old railway viaduct. Come hear the curlew call – answered, for one weekend only, by intoxicating music and fascinating talks. (more…)