Because we’re huge fans of beautifully designed but essentially obsolete physical media, we’ve decided to start a Sonic Cathedral poster-zine. We thought it would be the perfect place to write about our own artists and all the other things we love. It’s called Crypt and the first issue is out now.
Please note: Sonic Cathedral Singles Club subscribers get a free copy.
It’s the size of a 7” single, but folds out to be a 28“ x 14“ poster. Thanks to the design work of Marc and Stuart Jones and the printing skills of Pressision it looks amazing, and it’s a really good read, too, even if we do say so ourselves.
It includes an exclusive interview with Slowdive about the making of their third album Pygmalion, which turns 25 next year and recently got the shiny reissue treatment courtesy of Pitchfork and Vinyl Me, Please.
Robin Guthrie talks about the Cocteau Twins’ misunderstood major label years. Plus there’s a playlist of Fontana Favourites by Simon Raymonde, Stan Raymonde (from Opposite Number Records), Lowtide, Dean Wareham, Emma Anderson (from Lush), Echo Ladies, Mark Peters, Ulrich Schnauss, Sobrenadar, Daniel Land, Stephen Patman (from Chapterhouse) and football genius Pat Nevin.
“Basically, in the face of globalisation, what does our home mean to us?” Mark Peters discusses the politics of Innerland and its new remix iteration, New Routes out of Innerland.
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Sobrenadar and Linda Guilala talk about their inspirations and contemporary notions of Spanish-ness in Mexico, Argentina and Spain respectively, all underneath an incredible illustration of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia by Spectres guitarist Adrian Dutt.
Last, but not least, there’s a classic photo from the archives of Roger Mackin from The Early Years at the much missed Cellar in Oxford, which closed earlier this year.
This is the first of three issues of Crypt this year. The next one should be landing in August.