A Year In the Country

A blog that speaks in haunted soundscapes



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Speaking of procrastination and how the post-2k man delays the already-postponed, A Year In The Country has actually accomplished something significant. We are talking about a blog in this sea of hyper-nodes where a cat-gif weighs a thousand times more than a Guardian research. It is therefore quite a relief to see projects such as AYIC start, drive the whole road and reach a milestone. It began in England with a mission:

A Year In The Country is a year long journey through and searching for an expression of an underlying unsettledness to the English bucolic countryside dream; an exploration of an otherly pastoralism, the patterns beneath the plough, pylons and amongst the edgelands… it is a wandering about and through the trails of things that have influenced, inspired and intrigued me along the way, which will quite possibly take in the further flung reaches of work with its roots in folkloric concerns and what has been labelled hauntological culture.

The blog covers an entire year, delving into rare forgotten books, films, pictures, etc. And through it all, we are enchanted with sonic gifts, too. My favorite is called The Shildam Hall Tapes: The Falling Reverse and “follows the journey of a song through time: one that appears to bring disarray to all who hear it. Is this coincidence or something more?”

The selected track is dark and hauntological. “Nobody Ever Really Knew What Happened (2004)” and its dazed soundscape is a reverie in reverse. It will also raise the eyebrows of most Throbbing Gristle fans. It is deliberately made to make you a cat on hot bricks and rub you the wrong way. Go through it! If you have free time at hand, go through the entire catalog!