Thanks to Amplified magazine for the review:
Sheckley are basically a duo, created by Phil Jackson (keyboards, percussion, also in Paradox One) and Richard Gorman (guitar, vocals, percussion), although they are joined by Thierry Sportouche (Silver Hunter) on one song where he provides keyboards and vocals. This is music with a great deal of space within it, and a rawness that one rarely finds within progressive rock. At times I am reminded of Gong, at others Robert Wyatt, while Hawkwind have also been an influence. It also has a lot in common with the more ambient workings of Brian Eno, but never falling into the trap of New Age. This isn’t always easy music to listen to, with songs such as “Solar Flares” channeling a RIO feel to proceedings with repetitive and contradictory musical themes, with drums that make an appearance here and there almost as an afterthought, but having an important part to play. By the time I had finished playing it the first time I couldn’t actually say that I enjoyed the album, possibly more “endured”, but there was something about it that did make me go through it again. There really is something quite compelling about this, even though it is hard to put it into words. With this one it really is a case of listening to it and everyone making their own decision. Available as a cut-price CD, it is also possible to stream through Bandcamp where you can hear the songs.
ALSO SOME NEWS:
Richard and I have made some progress with the ‘Liveships’ project- haven’t decided on a title yet. It should be released around Easter time. This will be the second Sheckley release. Any reviewers interested in a copy please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
‘7’ RECORDS REACHES ITS 1Oth ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR AND A 15 TRACK PROMOTIONAL CD HAS BEEN MADE MOSTLY FOR RECORD SHOPS WHO STOCK THE CDs. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE DROP ME A LINE OR TWO: email@example.com
THE CD COVERS LATTER PARADOX ONE, SHECKLEY, DRUNKEN DALEK, URBMON 116 AND ORAC 2 WITH A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY THE OTHER HALF OF SHECKLEY RICHARD GORMAN WITH 4 TRACKS FROM HIS ‘POP ART’ ALBUM WHICH TOTALLY BLEW ME AWAY. ‘POP ART’ CLEVERLY COMBINES AD HOC CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE ON THE STREET WHICH LINK THEMATICALLY TO THE SONGS AND IT WORKS BRILLIANTLY IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. IF ANYONE OUT THERE IS INTERESTED IN RICHARD’S MUSIC PLEASE CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org SO I CAN PASS ON HIS E-MAIL. THE MUSIC CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON BANDCAMP UNDER PARADOX ONE AND RICHARD GORMAN RESPECTIVELY.
SHECKLEY IS WORKING ON SOME NEW MUSIC AND I AM GOING INTO DUNDEE THIS AFTERNOON TO DROP A DEMO OF SIDES 1 AND 2 OF A FANTASY ‘LP’ (WE’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO GET ONE PRESSED!!) THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT FROM ‘SUNBURST’ EQUALLY EXPERIMENTAL WITH HINTS OF JAZZ. PROG ROCK AND EVEN TECHNO. IT IS INSPIRED BY ROBIN HOBB’S CAPTIVATING ‘LIVESHIPS’ TRILOGY OF BOOKS AND WE ARE BOTH HAVING A LOT OF FUN WITH IT- WHEN WE GET THE CHANCE!!
FESTIVE FAVOURITES TO FOLLOW
RICHARD AND PHIL ARE WORKING ON A SECOND SHECKLEY ALBUM WITH THE WORKING TITLE OF ‘LIVESHIPS’, IT IS A CONCEPTUAL ALBUM INSPIRED BY ROBIN HOBB’S TRILOGY OF BOOKS WHICH HAVE PLEASURABLY OCCUPIED A SIZABLE PART OF PHIL’S LIFE RECENTLY. ALWAYS SIDESTEPPING CONVENTIONALITY RICHARD AND PHIL ARE WORKING SLOWLY AND ORGANICALLY TOWARDS MUSIC THAT IS IN PARTS EXPERIMENTAL, PROGRESSIVE AND ELECTRONIC. MELODY AND RHYTHM ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT AND THE QUEST IS NOT FOR PERFECTIONISM BUT FOR EXPRESSIONISM. WE ARE NOT SURE WHEN IT WILL BE RELEASED BUT IF INTERESTED IN A REVIEW COPY/ WHATEVER DROP US A LINE AT email@example.com
WE ARE ALSO DOING SOMETHING RARE FOR US- REHEARSING! IN FACT WE HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH DRUMMER HARVEY WALLER TO DO SOME IMPROVISATIONS AROUND NUMBERS LIKE ‘BLUE TRAIN’, ‘I AM THE WALRUS’ AND ‘SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN’. MAYBE SOME DAY OUR OWN ORIGINAL JAMS CAN FORM A RELEASE OF SOME KIND.
UNTIL THEN THERE IS NEW MUSIC ON BANDCAMP TO EXPLORE; RICHARD HAS BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING LOTS OF CDs. HE REALLY IS PROLIFIC AND WRITES GREAT SONGS WITH GREAT LYRICS- PLEASE CHECK OUT HIS SOLO WORK ON BANDCAMP. AS FOR PHIL THERE IS THE DRUNKEN DALEK PROJECT FOR SPONTANEOUS IMPROVISED PIECES SUCH AS ‘PREMONITION BLUES’ WHICH CAN BE HEARD IN ITS ENTIRETY IN AS A VOCAL VERSION IN BITE SIZED SEGMENTS ON BANDCAMP. WHY THE DRUNKEN DALEK i HEAR YOU SAY- WELL THE ONLY THING I CAN TELL YOU IS IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE LATE, GREAT SPIKE MILLIGAN.
ANYWAY THAT’S ENOUGH FOR NOW- PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH VIA E-MAIL OR CHECK OUT PHIL’S FACEBOOK PAGE AND BANDCAMP.