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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sheckley review by Kev Rowland :
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. https://paradoxone.bandcamp.com/album/sunburst-full-album-by-sheckley
Sunburst by Sheckley – the fabulous new album is out now at Bandcamp.
Comes in CD case with stunning artwork and pictured and designed by Richard Gorman. Solar flare photograph courtesy of NASA. Postage rates for EU and rest of world are approximate- please enquire.
Includes unlimited streaming of Sunburst (full album) by Sheckley via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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