The Outer Church was initiated in 2009 by Joe Stannard, an enthusiastic metal-head and long standing contributor to The Wire, The Quietus, and Mojo. As an event, the predominantly Brighton-based congregation is invited to witness musicians and visual artists operating in a field that has been deemed “something weird that resists categorization” by its founder. Indeed, The Outer Church has hosted performances by Raime, Demdike Stare, and The Haxan Cloak, which provides a solid setting for the mood that’s most recently been spun about a double-disc celebration of the project as well as its contributing artists.
The 28-track album was curated by Stannard and features exclusive tracks by Robin The Fog (who performed at one of the release events as Howlround), The Wyrding Module, Black Mountain Transmitter, and Ekoplekz among others. Despite working within a number of different styles, the aesthetic remains torn, dark, and crisp in the context of a project that demonstrates both unification and collaboration across creative minds, of sharing an artistic phenomenon Stannard has done so well at presenting over the past four years — the perfect soundtrack for a sleepless night.
The 300 copies that were released for the initial launch back in August have long since sold out. But due to popular demand, a second edition is in the works and will be available for private, consecrated listening very soon. Keep an eye on the Front & Follow website for more details, and in the meantime, have a listen to previously unreleased tracks by Pye Corner Audio, Hong Kong in the 60s, Hacker Farm, Grumbling Fur, Vindicatrix, and Anna Meredith, which are all available for your streaming pleasure below: