The Heartwood Institute
Two fabulous new Polytechnic Youth full lengths hit the shelves later this month, both in one-time pressings of 300.
Up first is the follow up to 2018’s wonderful “Secret Rites” LP and “Barsham Faire” 45 by the mighty HEARTWOOD INSTITUTE. Jonathan Sharp’s HI project continues it’s fascination with the world of 70’s counter- culture. The hippies, the bikers, the occultists, the idealists and activists. From Amanda Feilding and her self-trepanation, the Albion Fairs and the Pop Festivals, the rural idyll of Findhorn to the fragmenting Ballardian cities choked with uncollected rubbish. As Jonathan himself urges “Come with us on a search for alternative ways of living with Tomorrow’s People!” Another wonderful record of often otherworldly, earthy, organic electronic music interspersed with sampled narrative passages. Always fascinating and to these ears, occasional forays into horror soundtrack world- reassuring for fans of previous HI output I’m sure…. Like “Secret Rites”, the new record features another superb Nick Taylor sleeve design; inside and out jacket print, in top loading reverse board sleeves. Released in an edition of 300, sure to sell out immediately…. “Ghosted with a darkly beautiful aura that is simultaneously distanced and locked in a forgotten 70’s” -The Sunday Experience.