There is a Place

by The Left Outsides

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    The Left Outsides, Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, are a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico’s icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn. 'There Is A Place' takes its inspiration from the forest, with the LP made up of new compositions as well as reworked recordings the band wrote and performed for Gus Alvarez's film, Stand & Deliver. "In a woodland clearing lies the body of a young woman. A sharp intake of breath - she is alive. What happened last night? Into the woods she searches for answers"...

    All songs written by The Left Outsides (Alison Cotton / Mark Nicholas) except Civil War Lament (Grant McLennan / Steve Kilby)
    All songs performed, recorded and mixed by The Left Outsides
    Mastered by Chris Hardman
    Artwork by Laura Campbell

    Press quotes:

    The Quietus
    (Included in the Writers Favourite Albums of the Month - October)
    "The Left Outsides specialise in unearthly evocations of woodland at the disturbing hour when daylight clings onto just a few more moments of life. Under this coherent aesthetic and atmospheric whole, The Left Outsides manage to bring together an impressively diverse sonic palette.....The resigned fuzz of ‘One Step At A Time’ sounds like the Mary Chain wandering slowly into a suicide pool, somewhere lost in the gloaming. Opener ‘Cry Of The Hunter’ and ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’’s abstract field recordings and arrhythmic sounds underneath airy chanting resemble an organic take on Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson’s landscape explorations. ‘Under Noonday Sun’, on the other hand, is classic psych pop tripping balls through a sunlit glade, wondering which planet the grazing cows come from."
    - Luke Turner

    Record Collector
    4*
    "The Left Outsides...merge dissonant, ritualistic drone with the narcotic fun of shoegaze and the bucolic swoon of folk rock - and that's just the first three tracks of their excellent new album. These may be the main strains of their sound but The Left Outsides are at their best when collapsing these distinctions. ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ is a long-form atmospheric piece that sounds like Coil re-imagining Shirley Collins’ version of ‘Plains Of Waterloo’ with wordless vocals interrupted by abrupt, percussive detonations and searing electric guitar".
    Alex Neilson

    Prog Magazine
    "As we are now fully entrenched in autumn, the arrival of this album seems particularly apt as it captures so well the mood of the season. The opening_Cry Of The Hunter_ is sombre and enigmatic. Ominous piano chords underpin Cotton’s violin lines, which hang like mist in a clearing, along with her wordless vocals. With Nicholas’ breathy tones and slow distorted guitar chords, One Step At A Time sounds rather like a decelerated shoegaze song. And the brief Into The Deep with Cotton singing, draws comparison with Beach House and Low, but it feels closer in style to the crepuscular moods of Mazzy Star with a dash of gnarly old English folk. Under Noonday Sun, with bass and drums is upbeat, almost poppy, like an updated outtake from the first Fairport album. But the album’s mood is summed up by the closing The Creeping Fo_g, with over-echoed feedback guitar and resiny violin, and Cotton singing, ‘_As night draws near, a lamp I light/The frozen fields ahead of me.’"
    Mike Barnes

    Folk Radio
    "There Is A Place is a really clever achievement. Virtually every track sounds different, yet together they form a sequence of enviable, unexpected and yet almost disembodied unity. Am I making sense? Probably not – for you really have got to get immersed in The Left Outsides’ music. It’s a truly sumptuous listening experience, totally engrossing from the first note, and each separate track refuses to let your ears go"
    David Kidman

    Shindig! Magazine
    4*
    This album successfully marries the bleary narcotic dream-pop ethic of Grouper and Beach House (check out the truly stunning 'One Step At A Time') with the more familiar drone-folk / pastoral excursions, most of which ('Time Makes A Fool Of Us All', 'The Creeping Fog') play out like some weird Anglo-Gothic film soundtrack, but are kept in balance by a gorgeous and inspired reading of Jack Frost's 'Civil War Lament'.
    Johnnie Johnstone

    Textura Magazine (Canada)
    "The brooding instrumental 'Cry of the Hunter' eases the listener in on a dramatic note with mournful expressions of strings, guitar, and wordless vocalizing punctuated by piano chords, the piece resembling at times a meditative King Crimson improv from the early ‘70s"........
    textura.org/archives/l/leftoutsides_thereplace.htm

    Terrascope
    "The lush but all too brief ‘Into The Deep’ persists with the shadowy subject matter, before the shards of guitar, mournful sawing and cavernous, wordless vocals on ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ (a sentiment I’m constantly reminded of these days) provides a genuinely transcendent moment. If this doesn’t make the hairs on your arms stand up then please accept my congratulations on an exfoliation job overdone. You’ll be jolted back into the room (or wherever takes your listening pleasure) courtesy of the sharply anachronistic ‘odd chapter’ here, characterised by the exquisite, sixties-style psych pop harmonies of ‘Under Noonday Sun’. By contrast, ‘The House Of The Stone Bell’ (you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the eponymous track as the album title crops up a few times in the lyrics) exudes an achingly wistful longing and an arrangement and melody to cry for".
    Ian Fraser
    www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_July_17.htm#LeftOutsides

    Echoes And Dust
    "Their music has the ability to cause a displacement in your mind as a haunting otherness seeps through. It’s European but essentially old English folk, giving a curious mismatch of ideas. That they can pull this together in such rapturous beauty as on their previous release, The Shape Of Things To Come is all the more remarkable."
    Martin Coppack
    echoesanddust.com/2017/07/the-left-outsides-there-is-a-place/

    Days of Purple and Orange
    "Opener 'Cry Of The Hunter' is the aural equivalent of The Wicker Man - haunting drones and ethereal vocals that convey the superstitious folklore of the English countryside.....The album as a whole is gorgeous....rich drones, thoughtful lyrics and the vocals, both Mark and Alison, are sumptuous. It is a lysergically charged bucolic delight!"

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  • There is a Place (Cardinal Fuzz, Coloured Vinyl LP, screen printed sleeve)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The Left Outsides, Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, are a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico’s icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn. 'There Is A Place' takes its inspiration from the forest, with the LP made up of new compositions as well as reworked recordings the band wrote and performed for Gus Alvarez's film, Stand & Deliver. "In a woodland clearing lies the body of a young woman. A sharp intake of breath - she is alive. What happened last night? Into the woods she searches for answers"...

    All songs written by The Left Outsides (Alison Cotton / Mark Nicholas) except Civil War Lament (Grant McLennan / Steve Kilby)
    All songs performed, recorded and mixed by The Left Outsides
    Mastered by Chris Hardman
    Artwork by Laura Campbell

    Press quotes:

    The Quietus
    (Included in the Writers Favourite Albums of the Month - October)
    "The Left Outsides specialise in unearthly evocations of woodland at the disturbing hour when daylight clings onto just a few more moments of life. Under this coherent aesthetic and atmospheric whole, The Left Outsides manage to bring together an impressively diverse sonic palette.....The resigned fuzz of ‘One Step At A Time’ sounds like the Mary Chain wandering slowly into a suicide pool, somewhere lost in the gloaming. Opener ‘Cry Of The Hunter’ and ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’’s abstract field recordings and arrhythmic sounds underneath airy chanting resemble an organic take on Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson’s landscape explorations. ‘Under Noonday Sun’, on the other hand, is classic psych pop tripping balls through a sunlit glade, wondering which planet the grazing cows come from."
    - Luke Turner

    Record Collector
    4*
    "The Left Outsides...merge dissonant, ritualistic drone with the narcotic fun of shoegaze and the bucolic swoon of folk rock - and that's just the first three tracks of their excellent new album. These may be the main strains of their sound but The Left Outsides are at their best when collapsing these distinctions. ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ is a long-form atmospheric piece that sounds like Coil re-imagining Shirley Collins’ version of ‘Plains Of Waterloo’ with wordless vocals interrupted by abrupt, percussive detonations and searing electric guitar".
    Alex Neilson

    Prog Magazine
    "As we are now fully entrenched in autumn, the arrival of this album seems particularly apt as it captures so well the mood of the season. The opening_Cry Of The Hunter_ is sombre and enigmatic. Ominous piano chords underpin Cotton’s violin lines, which hang like mist in a clearing, along with her wordless vocals. With Nicholas’ breathy tones and slow distorted guitar chords, One Step At A Time sounds rather like a decelerated shoegaze song. And the brief Into The Deep with Cotton singing, draws comparison with Beach House and Low, but it feels closer in style to the crepuscular moods of Mazzy Star with a dash of gnarly old English folk. Under Noonday Sun, with bass and drums is upbeat, almost poppy, like an updated outtake from the first Fairport album. But the album’s mood is summed up by the closing The Creeping Fo_g, with over-echoed feedback guitar and resiny violin, and Cotton singing, ‘_As night draws near, a lamp I light/The frozen fields ahead of me.’"
    Mike Barnes

    Folk Radio
    "There Is A Place is a really clever achievement. Virtually every track sounds different, yet together they form a sequence of enviable, unexpected and yet almost disembodied unity. Am I making sense? Probably not – for you really have got to get immersed in The Left Outsides’ music. It’s a truly sumptuous listening experience, totally engrossing from the first note, and each separate track refuses to let your ears go"
    David Kidman

    Shindig! Magazine
    4*
    This album successfully marries the bleary narcotic dream-pop ethic of Grouper and Beach House (check out the truly stunning 'One Step At A Time') with the more familiar drone-folk / pastoral excursions, most of which ('Time Makes A Fool Of Us All', 'The Creeping Fog') play out like some weird Anglo-Gothic film soundtrack, but are kept in balance by a gorgeous and inspired reading of Jack Frost's 'Civil War Lament'.
    Johnnie Johnstone

    Textura Magazine (Canada)
    "The brooding instrumental 'Cry of the Hunter' eases the listener in on a dramatic note with mournful expressions of strings, guitar, and wordless vocalizing punctuated by piano chords, the piece resembling at times a meditative King Crimson improv from the early ‘70s"........
    textura.org/archives/l/leftoutsides_thereplace.htm

    Terrascope
    "The lush but all too brief ‘Into The Deep’ persists with the shadowy subject matter, before the shards of guitar, mournful sawing and cavernous, wordless vocals on ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ (a sentiment I’m constantly reminded of these days) provides a genuinely transcendent moment. If this doesn’t make the hairs on your arms stand up then please accept my congratulations on an exfoliation job overdone. You’ll be jolted back into the room (or wherever takes your listening pleasure) courtesy of the sharply anachronistic ‘odd chapter’ here, characterised by the exquisite, sixties-style psych pop harmonies of ‘Under Noonday Sun’. By contrast, ‘The House Of The Stone Bell’ (you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the eponymous track as the album title crops up a few times in the lyrics) exudes an achingly wistful longing and an arrangement and melody to cry for".
    Ian Fraser
    www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_July_17.htm#LeftOutsides

    Echoes And Dust
    "Their music has the ability to cause a displacement in your mind as a haunting otherness seeps through. It’s European but essentially old English folk, giving a curious mismatch of ideas. That they can pull this together in such rapturous beauty as on their previous release, The Shape Of Things To Come is all the more remarkable."
    Martin Coppack
    echoesanddust.com/2017/07/the-left-outsides-there-is-a-place/

    Days of Purple and Orange
    "Opener 'Cry Of The Hunter' is the aural equivalent of The Wicker Man - haunting drones and ethereal vocals that convey the superstitious folklore of the English countryside.....The album as a whole is gorgeous....rich drones, thoughtful lyrics and the vocals, both Mark and Alison, are sumptuous. It is a lysergically charged bucolic delight!"

    Includes unlimited streaming of There is a Place via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more

    Sold Out

  • There is a Place (Cardinal Fuzz, Black Vinyl LP, screen printed sleeve)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The Left Outsides, Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, are a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico’s icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn. 'There Is A Place' takes its inspiration from the forest, with the LP made up of new compositions as well as reworked recordings the band wrote and performed for Gus Alvarez's film, Stand & Deliver. "In a woodland clearing lies the body of a young woman. A sharp intake of breath - she is alive. What happened last night? Into the woods she searches for answers"...

    All songs written by The Left Outsides (Alison Cotton / Mark Nicholas) except Civil War Lament (Grant McLennan / Steve Kilby)
    All songs performed, recorded and mixed by The Left Outsides
    Mastered by Chris Hardman
    Artwork by Laura Campbell

    Press quotes:

    The Quietus
    (Included in the Writers Favourite Albums of the Month - October)
    "The Left Outsides specialise in unearthly evocations of woodland at the disturbing hour when daylight clings onto just a few more moments of life. Under this coherent aesthetic and atmospheric whole, The Left Outsides manage to bring together an impressively diverse sonic palette.....The resigned fuzz of ‘One Step At A Time’ sounds like the Mary Chain wandering slowly into a suicide pool, somewhere lost in the gloaming. Opener ‘Cry Of The Hunter’ and ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’’s abstract field recordings and arrhythmic sounds underneath airy chanting resemble an organic take on Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson’s landscape explorations. ‘Under Noonday Sun’, on the other hand, is classic psych pop tripping balls through a sunlit glade, wondering which planet the grazing cows come from."
    - Luke Turner

    Record Collector
    4*
    "The Left Outsides...merge dissonant, ritualistic drone with the narcotic fun of shoegaze and the bucolic swoon of folk rock - and that's just the first three tracks of their excellent new album. These may be the main strains of their sound but The Left Outsides are at their best when collapsing these distinctions. ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ is a long-form atmospheric piece that sounds like Coil re-imagining Shirley Collins’ version of ‘Plains Of Waterloo’ with wordless vocals interrupted by abrupt, percussive detonations and searing electric guitar".
    Alex Neilson

    Prog Magazine
    "As we are now fully entrenched in autumn, the arrival of this album seems particularly apt as it captures so well the mood of the season. The opening_Cry Of The Hunter_ is sombre and enigmatic. Ominous piano chords underpin Cotton’s violin lines, which hang like mist in a clearing, along with her wordless vocals. With Nicholas’ breathy tones and slow distorted guitar chords, One Step At A Time sounds rather like a decelerated shoegaze song. And the brief Into The Deep with Cotton singing, draws comparison with Beach House and Low, but it feels closer in style to the crepuscular moods of Mazzy Star with a dash of gnarly old English folk. Under Noonday Sun, with bass and drums is upbeat, almost poppy, like an updated outtake from the first Fairport album. But the album’s mood is summed up by the closing The Creeping Fo_g, with over-echoed feedback guitar and resiny violin, and Cotton singing, ‘_As night draws near, a lamp I light/The frozen fields ahead of me.’"
    Mike Barnes

    Folk Radio
    "There Is A Place is a really clever achievement. Virtually every track sounds different, yet together they form a sequence of enviable, unexpected and yet almost disembodied unity. Am I making sense? Probably not – for you really have got to get immersed in The Left Outsides’ music. It’s a truly sumptuous listening experience, totally engrossing from the first note, and each separate track refuses to let your ears go"
    David Kidman

    Shindig! Magazine
    4*
    This album successfully marries the bleary narcotic dream-pop ethic of Grouper and Beach House (check out the truly stunning 'One Step At A Time') with the more familiar drone-folk / pastoral excursions, most of which ('Time Makes A Fool Of Us All', 'The Creeping Fog') play out like some weird Anglo-Gothic film soundtrack, but are kept in balance by a gorgeous and inspired reading of Jack Frost's 'Civil War Lament'.
    Johnnie Johnstone

    Textura Magazine (Canada)
    "The brooding instrumental 'Cry of the Hunter' eases the listener in on a dramatic note with mournful expressions of strings, guitar, and wordless vocalizing punctuated by piano chords, the piece resembling at times a meditative King Crimson improv from the early ‘70s"........
    textura.org/archives/l/leftoutsides_thereplace.htm

    Terrascope
    "The lush but all too brief ‘Into The Deep’ persists with the shadowy subject matter, before the shards of guitar, mournful sawing and cavernous, wordless vocals on ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ (a sentiment I’m constantly reminded of these days) provides a genuinely transcendent moment. If this doesn’t make the hairs on your arms stand up then please accept my congratulations on an exfoliation job overdone. You’ll be jolted back into the room (or wherever takes your listening pleasure) courtesy of the sharply anachronistic ‘odd chapter’ here, characterised by the exquisite, sixties-style psych pop harmonies of ‘Under Noonday Sun’. By contrast, ‘The House Of The Stone Bell’ (you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the eponymous track as the album title crops up a few times in the lyrics) exudes an achingly wistful longing and an arrangement and melody to cry for".
    Ian Fraser
    www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_July_17.htm#LeftOutsides

    Echoes And Dust
    "Their music has the ability to cause a displacement in your mind as a haunting otherness seeps through. It’s European but essentially old English folk, giving a curious mismatch of ideas. That they can pull this together in such rapturous beauty as on their previous release, The Shape Of Things To Come is all the more remarkable."
    Martin Coppack
    echoesanddust.com/2017/07/the-left-outsides-there-is-a-place/

    Days of Purple and Orange
    "Opener 'Cry Of The Hunter' is the aural equivalent of The Wicker Man - haunting drones and ethereal vocals that convey the superstitious folklore of the English countryside.....The album as a whole is gorgeous....rich drones, thoughtful lyrics and the vocals, both Mark and Alison, are sumptuous. It is a lysergically charged bucolic delight!"

    Includes unlimited streaming of There is a Place via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more

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  • There is a Place (Cardinal Fuzz, Black Vinyl LP Repress - Metallic Gold Pantone Print sleeve)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    300 Repressing. Metallic Gold Pantone Printed Gloss Laminated 350gsm Sleeve. BLACK Vinyl.
    For USA sales, please visit Feeding Tube Records / Forced Exposure.

    A new reissue of this masterpiece by the Left Outsides, originally issued on cassette in 2015, then first put to vinyl in 2017, as the long-format follow-up to the classic The Shape of Things to Come LP. The current edition is demarcated by a glossy cover and metallic gold printing. Its music remains as timeless a gust of dark autumnal wind as any you'll ever hear. Some of the music here was written as part of the soundtrack to Gus Alavrez's 2009 noir-pastoral short, Stand and Deliver, but the songs evoke their own host of images. The band, consisting of Alison Cotton and Mark Nicholas blend vocals and stringed instruments in a way that recalls more traditional UK folk artists as much as it does their more acidic contemporaries. Their songs feature gorgeously plain melodies that emerge as though they have always existed, before disappearing in a swirl of primeval mist. The surprise cover they do, “Civil War Lament” (originally by Go Betweens side project, Jack Frost), is of a piece with these originals. And the layered guitars of the last track, “The Creeping Fog,” take the record out on waves of drone and feedback stretching from dusk until near dawn, at which point, Alison intones a poem of shadows. There Is a Place is a gentle monster of a record, and will well reward your careful attention.
    BYRON COLEY, 2019

    All songs written by The Left Outsides (Alison Cotton / Mark Nicholas) except Civil War Lament (Grant McLennan / Steve Kilby)
    All songs performed, recorded and mixed by The Left Outsides
    Mastered by Chris Hardman
    Artwork by Laura Campbell

    Press quotes:

    The Quietus
    (Included in the Writers Favourite Albums of the Month - October 2018)
    "The Left Outsides specialise in unearthly evocations of woodland at the disturbing hour when daylight clings onto just a few more moments of life. Under this coherent aesthetic and atmospheric whole, The Left Outsides manage to bring together an impressively diverse sonic palette.....The resigned fuzz of ‘One Step At A Time’ sounds like the Mary Chain wandering slowly into a suicide pool, somewhere lost in the gloaming. Opener ‘Cry Of The Hunter’ and ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’’s abstract field recordings and arrhythmic sounds underneath airy chanting resemble an organic take on Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson’s landscape explorations. ‘Under Noonday Sun’, on the other hand, is classic psych pop tripping balls through a sunlit glade, wondering which planet the grazing cows come from."
    - Luke Turner

    Record Collector
    4*
    "The Left Outsides...merge dissonant, ritualistic drone with the narcotic fun of shoegaze and the bucolic swoon of folk rock - and that's just the first three tracks of their excellent new album. These may be the main strains of their sound but The Left Outsides are at their best when collapsing these distinctions. ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ is a long-form atmospheric piece that sounds like Coil re-imagining Shirley Collins’ version of ‘Plains Of Waterloo’ with wordless vocals interrupted by abrupt, percussive detonations and searing electric guitar".
    Alex Neilson

    Prog Magazine
    "As we are now fully entrenched in autumn, the arrival of this album seems particularly apt as it captures so well the mood of the season. The opening_Cry Of The Hunter_ is sombre and enigmatic. Ominous piano chords underpin Cotton’s violin lines, which hang like mist in a clearing, along with her wordless vocals. With Nicholas’ breathy tones and slow distorted guitar chords, One Step At A Time sounds rather like a decelerated shoegaze song. And the brief Into The Deep with Cotton singing, draws comparison with Beach House and Low, but it feels closer in style to the crepuscular moods of Mazzy Star with a dash of gnarly old English folk. Under Noonday Sun, with bass and drums is upbeat, almost poppy, like an updated outtake from the first Fairport album. But the album’s mood is summed up by the closing The Creeping Fo_g, with over-echoed feedback guitar and resiny violin, and Cotton singing, ‘_As night draws near, a lamp I light/The frozen fields ahead of me.’"
    Mike Barnes

    Folk Radio
    "There Is A Place is a really clever achievement. Virtually every track sounds different, yet together they form a sequence of enviable, unexpected and yet almost disembodied unity. Am I making sense? Probably not – for you really have got to get immersed in The Left Outsides’ music. It’s a truly sumptuous listening experience, totally engrossing from the first note, and each separate track refuses to let your ears go"
    David Kidman

    Shindig! Magazine
    4*
    This album successfully marries the bleary narcotic dream-pop ethic of Grouper and Beach House (check out the truly stunning 'One Step At A Time') with the more familiar drone-folk / pastoral excursions, most of which ('Time Makes A Fool Of Us All', 'The Creeping Fog') play out like some weird Anglo-Gothic film soundtrack, but are kept in balance by a gorgeous and inspired reading of Jack Frost's 'Civil War Lament'.
    Johnnie Johnstone

    Textura Magazine (Canada)
    "The brooding instrumental 'Cry of the Hunter' eases the listener in on a dramatic note with mournful expressions of strings, guitar, and wordless vocalizing punctuated by piano chords, the piece resembling at times a meditative King Crimson improv from the early ‘70s"........
    textura.org/archives/l/leftoutsides_thereplace.htm

    Terrascope
    "The lush but all too brief ‘Into The Deep’ persists with the shadowy subject matter, before the shards of guitar, mournful sawing and cavernous, wordless vocals on ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ (a sentiment I’m constantly reminded of these days) provides a genuinely transcendent moment. If this doesn’t make the hairs on your arms stand up then please accept my congratulations on an exfoliation job overdone. You’ll be jolted back into the room (or wherever takes your listening pleasure) courtesy of the sharply anachronistic ‘odd chapter’ here, characterised by the exquisite, sixties-style psych pop harmonies of ‘Under Noonday Sun’. By contrast, ‘The House Of The Stone Bell’ (you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the eponymous track as the album title crops up a few times in the lyrics) exudes an achingly wistful longing and an arrangement and melody to cry for".
    Ian Fraser
    www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_July_17.htm#LeftOutsides

    Echoes And Dust
    "Their music has the ability to cause a displacement in your mind as a haunting otherness seeps through. It’s European but essentially old English folk, giving a curious mismatch of ideas. That they can pull this together in such rapturous beauty as on their previous release, The Shape Of Things To Come is all the more remarkable."
    Martin Coppack
    echoesanddust.com/2017/07/the-left-outsides-there-is-a-place/

    Days of Purple and Orange
    "Opener 'Cry Of The Hunter' is the aural equivalent of The Wicker Man - haunting drones and ethereal vocals that convey the superstitious folklore of the English countryside.....The album as a whole is gorgeous....rich drones, thoughtful lyrics and the vocals, both Mark and Alison, are sumptuous. It is a lysergically charged bucolic delight!"

    Includes unlimited streaming of There is a Place via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Includes unlimited streaming of There is a Place via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The Left Outsides, Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, are a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico’s icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn. 'There Is A Place' takes its inspiration from the forest, with the LP made up of new compositions as well as reworked recordings the band wrote and performed for Gus Alvarez's film, Stand & Deliver. "In a woodland clearing lies the body of a young woman. A sharp intake of breath - she is alive. What happened last night? Into the woods she searches for answers"...

All songs written by The Left Outsides (Alison Cotton / Mark Nicholas) except Civil War Lament (Grant McLennan / Steve Kilby)
All songs performed, recorded and mixed by The Left Outsides
Mastered by Chris Hardman
Artwork by Laura Campbell

Press quotes:

The Quietus
(Included in the Writers Favourite Albums of the Month - October)
"The Left Outsides specialise in unearthly evocations of woodland at the disturbing hour when daylight clings onto just a few more moments of life. Under this coherent aesthetic and atmospheric whole, The Left Outsides manage to bring together an impressively diverse sonic palette.....The resigned fuzz of ‘One Step At A Time’ sounds like the Mary Chain wandering slowly into a suicide pool, somewhere lost in the gloaming. Opener ‘Cry Of The Hunter’ and ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’’s abstract field recordings and arrhythmic sounds underneath airy chanting resemble an organic take on Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson’s landscape explorations. ‘Under Noonday Sun’, on the other hand, is classic psych pop tripping balls through a sunlit glade, wondering which planet the grazing cows come from."
- Luke Turner

Record Collector
4*
"The Left Outsides...merge dissonant, ritualistic drone with the narcotic fun of shoegaze and the bucolic swoon of folk rock - and that's just the first three tracks of their excellent new album. These may be the main strains of their sound but The Left Outsides are at their best when collapsing these distinctions. ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ is a long-form atmospheric piece that sounds like Coil re-imagining Shirley Collins’ version of ‘Plains Of Waterloo’ with wordless vocals interrupted by abrupt, percussive detonations and searing electric guitar".
Alex Neilson

Prog Magazine
"As we are now fully entrenched in autumn, the arrival of this album seems particularly apt as it captures so well the mood of the season. The opening_Cry Of The Hunter_ is sombre and enigmatic. Ominous piano chords underpin Cotton’s violin lines, which hang like mist in a clearing, along with her wordless vocals. With Nicholas’ breathy tones and slow distorted guitar chords, One Step At A Time sounds rather like a decelerated shoegaze song. And the brief Into The Deep with Cotton singing, draws comparison with Beach House and Low, but it feels closer in style to the crepuscular moods of Mazzy Star with a dash of gnarly old English folk. Under Noonday Sun, with bass and drums is upbeat, almost poppy, like an updated outtake from the first Fairport album. But the album’s mood is summed up by the closing The Creeping Fo_g, with over-echoed feedback guitar and resiny violin, and Cotton singing, ‘_As night draws near, a lamp I light/The frozen fields ahead of me.’"
Mike Barnes

Folk Radio
"There Is A Place is a really clever achievement. Virtually every track sounds different, yet together they form a sequence of enviable, unexpected and yet almost disembodied unity. Am I making sense? Probably not – for you really have got to get immersed in The Left Outsides’ music. It’s a truly sumptuous listening experience, totally engrossing from the first note, and each separate track refuses to let your ears go"
David Kidman

Shindig! Magazine
4*
This album successfully marries the bleary narcotic dream-pop ethic of Grouper and Beach House (check out the truly stunning 'One Step At A Time') with the more familiar drone-folk / pastoral excursions, most of which ('Time Makes A Fool Of Us All', 'The Creeping Fog') play out like some weird Anglo-Gothic film soundtrack, but are kept in balance by a gorgeous and inspired reading of Jack Frost's 'Civil War Lament'.
Johnnie Johnstone

Textura Magazine (Canada)
"The brooding instrumental 'Cry of the Hunter' eases the listener in on a dramatic note with mournful expressions of strings, guitar, and wordless vocalizing punctuated by piano chords, the piece resembling at times a meditative King Crimson improv from the early ‘70s"........
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Terrascope
"The lush but all too brief ‘Into The Deep’ persists with the shadowy subject matter, before the shards of guitar, mournful sawing and cavernous, wordless vocals on ‘Time Makes A Fool Of Us All’ (a sentiment I’m constantly reminded of these days) provides a genuinely transcendent moment. If this doesn’t make the hairs on your arms stand up then please accept my congratulations on an exfoliation job overdone. You’ll be jolted back into the room (or wherever takes your listening pleasure) courtesy of the sharply anachronistic ‘odd chapter’ here, characterised by the exquisite, sixties-style psych pop harmonies of ‘Under Noonday Sun’. By contrast, ‘The House Of The Stone Bell’ (you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the eponymous track as the album title crops up a few times in the lyrics) exudes an achingly wistful longing and an arrangement and melody to cry for".
Ian Fraser
www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_July_17.htm#LeftOutsides

Echoes And Dust
"Their music has the ability to cause a displacement in your mind as a haunting otherness seeps through. It’s European but essentially old English folk, giving a curious mismatch of ideas. That they can pull this together in such rapturous beauty as on their previous release, The Shape Of Things To Come is all the more remarkable."
Martin Coppack
echoesanddust.com/2017/07/the-left-outsides-there-is-a-place/

Days of Purple and Orange
"Opener 'Cry Of The Hunter' is the aural equivalent of The Wicker Man - haunting drones and ethereal vocals that convey the superstitious folklore of the English countryside.....The album as a whole is gorgeous....rich drones, thoughtful lyrics and the vocals, both Mark and Alison, are sumptuous. It is a lysergically charged bucolic delight!"

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released October 1, 2017

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The Left Outsides London, UK

The Left Outsides are: Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, a wife and husband duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico's icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn.

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