Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Faye & Wren's 'Volume One' Revisited

After selling 200 units of the seven track Volume One debut, Durban based ambient/lo-fi singer songwriters, Faye & Wren revisit the cult album in 2014.

The self produced album was recorded through the beginning of 2013 and features a collection of songs & loose poems written & produced by Wren Hinds & Faye Oakes which also includes 2 tracks originally written as poems by Keith Erasmus (who was responsible for the original haunting cover photograph of a young girl running through a church in the historical South African village of Botshabelo in the Transvaal.)

"We recorded it all in our own space and I guess we just captured that mood which was something special" explains Oakes. The layering of instruments and a curious approach to sound is what shaped this record. 

Oakes & Hinds' paths crossed in 2006 as students of Contemporary Music & Production at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg which resulted in a union between the two creatives.

"We pressed 100 copies to start with, cover prints were printed at the Marianhill Mission Press & the records were pressed by a shady guy in Pinetown- from there we assembled the album at home and sold most of them at shows-."

Now halfway through 2014 Volume One is being revisited as a limited edition pressing with only 300 copies  of the reissue in circulation with enchanting album art by Durban based mixed media artist, Rennis Erasmus Poster Co. & includes an overture introduction to the record which comes packaged in elegant cardboard sleeves released on independent South African label- South Sea Records.

You can get a feel for the Volume One reissue & pre-order it here.
(Vinyl junkies please be patient while we source vinyl pressing plants in Africa)

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