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Inscape 09:12
Rumenea 10:29


The book and CD are published by Longbarrow Press and can be ordered here:

Wealden is a collaboration with poet Nancy Gaffield.

Nancy had previously published Meridian, a long poem that articulates an exploratory journey along the Greenwich Meridian line across Eastern England. Meanwhile, The Drift had been creating semi-improvised music inspired by the landscape around them in rural Kent.

This new work - the poetry composed in tandem with the music - investigates the extraordinary Kentish landscape, from the marshland of the High Weald down to the sea at Dungeness.

Much of this landscape is only a few hundred years old, formed by shingle and silt thrown up by storms. It may only last for another few hundred years, as the sea level continues to rise. Wealden deals with the strata – geological, cultural and historical – that have been laid down over the course of one brief millennium, and considers the imminence of the sea reclaiming it all.


released November 10, 2020

Credits for all tracks:
Amelia Fletcher: Harmonium, melodica, ukelele, vocal, clarinet, omnichord
Darren Pilcher: Guitar, percussion, samples, liveloops, shingle, bracken
Rob Pursey: Bass
Produced by Andy Lewis at The Sunday School, Rolvenden Layne, Kent
Mastered at Penhill Industriosonics


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The Drift Cranbrook, UK

The Drift create semi-improvised music inspired by the landscape around them – the marshes and dense woodlands of rural Kent.

They are Darren Pilcher, Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher. (Rob and Amelia also perform as The Catenary Wires.)

Bass guitar provides an anchor, harmonium and melodica deliver melodies, underpinned by textures and rhythms created from the sounds of the local environment.
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