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Along with the Rites For Crossing Water EP release on April 29 by Crewdson & Cevanne, the nineteen rituals will be available to buy as a limited edition book of the same name, designed and printed by Secret Knock, published by Ludic Rooms, and featuring the original illustrations by Coventry animator Jessica Glover, with music notation by Cevanne.
'Rites For Crossing Water' is the second release by electronic folk duo Crewdson & Cevanne and has been released as an EP and booklet on 29 April 2022 via Accidental Editions.
The EP is a collection of songs inspired by the waterways of their multimedia residency at the Random String Festival, set on the Coventry Canal as part of Coventry's year as The UK City of Culture.
Armed with their striking combination of found sounds, stringed and DIY electronic instruments, 'Rites For Crossing Water' is a bridge to something new for the duo.
It follows their debut album, BRACE, which was greeted with a BBC Proms performance and an Ivors Composer Award nomination. The title track of the new EP has been featured as Tom Robinson’s Track Of The Week on BBC Radio 6 Music. Direct and catchy, the new songs are filled with folklore, old and new. RFCW is the result of the duo’s artistic residency along the Coventry Canal, commissioned by Ludic Rooms in 2021.
Encouraged to consider a 21st Century narrative of the waterway, and imagine the traditions of future folk, Crewdson & Cevanne created an audio-visual installation projected onto the backs of billboards and reflected in the canal. The pair wrote nineteen rituals for crossing water, marking nineteen bridges leading to the terminal Canal Basin.
Just as these water-crossing rituals mark a point of transition for those that practice them, this release marks the beginning of a journey into multimedia and new musical styles for Crewdson & Cevanne, and just in time for May Day.
The EP launch has been held on April 29 at The Coal Vaults, The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry Canal Basin, as part of the Waterways Festival.
released April 29, 2022
Writers & Producers: Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Hugh Jones
Mixing: Hugh Jones, Matthew Herbert
Mastering: Simon Davey at The Exchange
Artwork: Jessica Glover
Press Shot Photography: Jodie Cartman
Commissioners: Ludic Rooms, Random String Festival (Rites For Crossing Water; Widdershins) 2021; Tête à Tête for the Cubitt Sessions, Kings Cross, Coal Drops Yard (What’ll We Do) 2020
'Drinking Song' remixes by Sijya Gupta (2023)