Caught In The Wake Forever is the solo project of Scottish multi-instrumentalist & songwriter Fraser McGowan.
Treading a path of quiet lo-fi, ambient, folk & modern classical music, Caught In The Wake Forever has had releases on a variety of highly regarded labels such as Archives, Dronarivm, Fluid Audio & Hibernate Recordings.
From the delicate torch songs of 2011's debut album 'Against A Simple Wooden Cross' to the nocturnal drones of 2016's 'Under Blankets', each recording has dealt with matters of emotional strain and release.
Caught In The Wake Forever's newest offering 'Waypoints' is the first full length album to step away from this formula. Whilst previous albums drew on deeply personal subject matter to guide the writing process, Waypoints navigates unknown territories using improvisation as its starting point. Recording began with two intense day-long sessions of modular synthesizer and acoustic piano. The resulting hours of improvised material were then gradually shaped over a 4-year period, McGowan relying on his musicianship and intuition to structure the compositions.
These exploratory pieces retain the abstract textures and sketch-like arrangements from which they were sculpted, finding form with the contemplative melancholy and delicate melodic warmth that characterises Caught In The Wake Forever's music. Seven instrumental works that sound like distant radio signals interspersed with fragments of lonely lo-fi piano, broadcast from an unknown, isolated location.
Words by Chris Gowers (2019)
Written & recorded by Fraser McGowan
Performed by Fraser McGowan
Rogers Eungblut Upright Acoustic Piano, Yamaha C5 Classical Guitar,
Ibanez Blazer Series Electric Guitar, Korg MS2000, Roland SH101,
Moog Slim Phatty, Akai S20 Sampler, Make Noise System Cartesian,
Arturia MicroBrute, Arturia Analog Lab, Harmonium, Pearl Acoustic Drums, AM Radio & Digital Processing
Ibanez GA5TCE-AM Classical Guitar & Boss RDD-10 Micro Rack Delay (A1 & B3)
Roland JU-06, Roland Aira TR-8 & Boss DE-200 Digital Rack Delay (B3)
Gretsch G6134 Black Penguin Electric Guitar, EHX Platform Compressor & Strymon Flint Reverb (B3)
Produced by Fraser McGowan & Darren Galloway
Special thanks to Chris Gowers, Colin Morrison, Darren Galloway, Andrew ‘Woody’ Woods,
Jon Attwood, Euan & Ali Millar-McMeeken & Agus Mena for making this record possible
Mastered by Taylor Deupree
Photography by Alexander Kopatz
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Archives / 2019