Betwixt & Between 5

by Jacken Elswyth / Alula Down

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Sweet Lemeny 04:45
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Three Ravens 04:41
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Blackbird 02:20

about

The fifth instalment in the series sees us keeping things in the family with a contribution from Herefordshire's Alula Down. This follows soon after previous collaboration (with Betwixt & Between 3 artist Sproatly Smith) on Polly Vaughn remixes, released earlier this summer.

Jacken Elswyth's side features live recordings from a gig at Cafe Oto in December 2018, revisiting some tunes included on previous Betwixt & Between tapes, but in new forms. It opens with an extended improvisation on the English folk song Sweet Lemeny, incorporating a long passage of bowed-banjo drone. This moves into a second shorter (and freer) improvisation, edited down from a longer piece. We finish with a set of tunes around the traditional Appalachian dance tune Last Chance, combining it with Sandy River Belle and Cumberland Gap.

For their side, Alula Down have provided a set of songs: Three Ravens, and Three Small Birds. These four English folk songs are sparsely arranged for voice and guitar, and beautifully woven together with sampled birdsong, glass harmonica, harmonium drones, and delicate feedback. Among these bird-themed songs is nestled the tape's second version of Sweet Lemeny – this time sung, and set against a circular guitar figure while looped voices gather in the background.

The Betwixt & Between 5 mascot is a satyr: a manikin with hooked snout, horned forehead, and extremities like goats' feet. The cover image is adapted from the satyr featured on the Hereford Mappa Mundi, as one of the creatures who tempted St Anthony in the Egyptian desert.

Jacken Elswyth side recorded by James Dunn at Cafe Oto
Alula Down side self-recorded at the Radar Station
Both sides mastered by Jon Huxtable at Small Fish Recordings

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released August 6, 2019

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Betwixt & Between Tapes London, UK

Betwixt & Between Tapes is an occasional series of split cassette tape EPs, pairing Jacken Elswyth's banjo playing with collaborators across the points where folk, drone, improvised, and ambient music meet.

Jacken Elswyth is a London-based banjo player exploring traditional tunes, extrapolations thereon, and improvisational pieces for clawhammer banjo.
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