Caught by the River


21st February 2023

The excellent folk at Blackford Hill have just announced the release of a lathe-cut 7″, artist’s book, film and soundwork by the artist and writer Rob St John — a product of Rob’s long-term fieldwork and experimentation on the small Finnish Archipelago island of Örö.

The vinyl single features two tracks — ‘Midwinter’ and ‘Midsummer’ — ambient washes of melody, drone, found sound and field recordings which were composed from the film soundwork with additional instrumentation from Andrew Wasylyk on piano and analogue synthesiser and Pete Harvey (Modern Studies, King Creosote) on cello. A limited edition lathe-cut on transparent vinyl, each record comes in a hand-screenprinted sleeve.

The 100-page soft-back book is richly illustrated with Rob’s photographs, cameraless prints, cyanotypes, maps and sketches.

Pre-order a copy here. Early pre-orders of Örö will include an exclusive CD edition of Rob St John’s Surface Tension album, made over the course of a year spent walking, recording and photographing the Lea Valley in East London.