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Listen to Kemper Norton's new album Toll

August 2016

Stream the new album by slurtronic folk artist Kemper Norton

Cornwall raised Kemper Norton's singular style of acoustic-electronic folk music has been resonating from his Sussex HQ for over a decade. Championed early on by comic book writer Warren Ellis, Norton's music found its way into the ears of a select few via a handful of self-released CDRs and downloads, followed by widely available releases via Exotic Pylon, Front & Follow and More Than Human.

Kemper Norton's new album Toll is released by Front & Follow on 26 August. Whereas 2013's Carn was located in specific rural locations and 2014’s Loor was set in the city, the new album takes place offshore.

Toll is a narrative based on the lost Cornish kingdom of Lyonesse and the 1967 sinking of the Torrey Canyon, both of which were located in the same stretch of ocean off the Cornish coast,” explains Norton. “The album explores themes of vengeance, destroyed communities, the perils of nostalgia and myth, and the idea of home. The concept of the land (and sea) turning toxic and threatening grew stronger during the creation of the album, partially as a result of wider social and political events.”

Subscribers can read Ken Hollings’s review of Toll in The Wire 390 via the online archive

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