Mute Records has announced the Festival Mute Mexico 2015, presented by Punto De Encuentro. The festival, on Saturday March 21st, 2015, takes place at…Read More
The beginnings of the instrumental responses to Roads
The route that Brooks has taken to reach Land Observations’ eight tracks inspired by and named after Roman Roads began in the late-1990s, when he was a founder member of and guitarist in Appliance, who enlivened the instrumental blueprint of post rock with an elegant motorik murmur.
After releasing four acclaimed albums via Mute, Appliance ended in 2003. Since then, Brooks took a Masters degree in fine art, but music remained a constant. In fact, it was while listening to “solo guitar stuff” such as John Fahey or the artists of the Takoma label, Brooks realised that any future endeavours would see him tread a lone path: “I didn’t want to be in a band any more.”
Attempts to develop a new project alongside his visual art meant that Brooks did a lot of home recording at his flat in Hackney, East London: “my external hard drive is loaded down with all these things,” he says. Land Observations, then, developed out of what lay just a short walk from his front door – the Roman Roads of communication and conquest that stretch from the old City of London and out across England, Scotland, Wales and Europe. He’d always intended for this to be an instrumental project that “was going to be visual, but implied visual, soundscape being the case in point. The title slotted in quite quickly actually, I realised that this is it, I don’t want to be called my own name, I want it to be an umbrella term that allows me to explore different environments or the natural world in some way in musical form.”
After an EP for Enraptured Records and a performance at Mute’s Short Circuit Festival in May 2011, Brooks “realised that I wanted to take it further and make a long-playing record.
Land Observations (aka the musician and artist, James Brooks has unveiled a new video for Walking The Warm Colonnades, taken from his latest album, The Grand Tour. Walking The Warm Colonnades, directed by the artist Phil Coy, continues the themes of The Grand Tour with a journey through vintage tourist photographic slides:Read More
Land Observations (aka the musician and artist, James Brooks) has unleashed the new track ‘Return to Ravenna’, taken from his forthcoming album, The Grand Tour, out on July 29th 2014. The track serves as a fitting closer, it simultaneously signifies a,Read More
Land Observations (aka the musician and artist, James Brooks) has unveiled the video for ‘On Leaving The Kingdom For The Well-Tempered Continent’, taken from his forthcoming album, The Grand Tour,Read More
The recording process utilized a selection of vintage amplifiers and studio equipment, intentionally enjoying the warmth of analogue tape for assisting to create immersive pastoral motorik. Historically The Grand Tour was a traditional,Read More
Land Observations has announced a new album, The Grand Tour, which is to be released on July 29th. The Grand Tour is the follow-up to 2012’s debut album Roman Roads IV-XI,Read More