Scottish proto-hauntologist digitises entire discography starting with Coil collaboration
Glasgow based composer Drew Mulholland – aka Mount Vernon Arts Lab – will upload his entire discography to Bandcamp for streaming and purchase. Among the first releases to be digitised is a previously unreleased collaboration with Coil, the 23 minute “A Spectre Calls”.
The Bandcamp page will eventually make accessible several out of print items such as 1999's One Minute Blasts Rising To Three And Then Diminishing EP (released by Ochre in 2000) and Musick That Destroys Itself (released in 2003 under the name Mount Vernon Astral Temple), plus a host of live tracks, sessions and rarities.
Along with Birmingham groups Broadcast and Pram, Mulholland is cited as a significant influence on the hauntological sounds purveyed by labels such as Ghost Box (who acknowledged the influence with their 2007 reissue of MVAL’s 2001 album The Seance At Hobs Lane). Another notable release is his 1999 collaboration with Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Warminster.
In 2014 Mulholland released The Norwood Variations under his own name. Writing in The Wire 368 Sukhdev Sandhu described the album as “his richest, most resonant record to date”. Variations was followed in 2016 by The Making Of Landscape on Eighth Climate/English Heritage, a collection of VLF recordings that struck Stewart Smith as “intensely beautiful” in The Wire 394.