The LP is available to buy on pre-order from the Castles in Space shop.
“tree little milk egg book and other non sequiturs” is the fourth release by The Twelve Hour Foundation.
Released in a super-limited edition of 280 copies, pressed on “green ginger” splatter vinyl, the LP was conceived and recorded following a performance in a decommissioned nuclear bunker. Its title – derived from an early ‘70s reading test – reflects the diverse nature of the pieces, which mix elements of musique concrète, treated field recordings, library music, early electronic pop and the Radiophonic work of John Baker and Paddy Kingsland.
The Twelve Hour Foundation evoke distant, half-remembered experiences and objects … the grouting between slabs of memory. Indeed, following live performances, audience members frequently approach the duo, saying they had been affected by the music, but couldn’t put their finger on why. The majority of tracks were built using a pair of 40-year-old synthesisers, mixed with treated field recordings and sounds created from samples of household objects: plastic tubing, bottles, corks, a wire draining rack, electrical appliances and the human body.
Their first album The Lighter Side of Concrete received great reviews and airplay by the likes of Stuart Maconie (The Freak Zone), Gareth Moses (More Than Human), Pete Wiggs (The Séance / Saint Etienne), Belbury Parish Magazine (Ghost Box Records) and the Project Moonbase podcast. It also featured as a Ghost Box ‘guest’ release.
The group’s first output for Castles in Space was released in May 2018. “Bunch of Fives” – a limited edition lathe-cut single sold out within 30 minutes.
The Twelve Hour Foundation are Jez Butler and Polly Hulse.
Having experimented with electronic music in the early ‘80s, Jez Butler moved to Bristol, where, following stints as a drummer in variety of bands, he began recording under the alias Vision On, a library music-inspired project, releasing one EP: Who’s Afraid of De Wolfe in 1995. Support from Japanese recording artist Cornelius led to collaborative projects for Mike Alway’s if… and él labels, working under a variety of guises with a core team and a range of vocalists including Hideki Kaji, Simon Fisher Turner, Louis Philippe, Ian Svenonius (David Candy) and Angela Tillett (Death By Chocolate).
Polly Hulse has recorded with Jez in Death By Chocolate, contributing flute and vocals to the group’s most recent long-player Bric-a-Brac. She also features on the Hideki Kaji collaboration Hideki Spaghetti. A feature film about the childhood band formed with her brothers in 1979 is currently in production. Directed by Matt Hulse, The Hippies: Punk Rocked My Cradle looks back at their life in Cambridge.
“tree little milk egg book…and other non sequiturs is available in the CiS shop.