Lost Map's V I S I T ▲ T I O N S will see the release of limited edition EPs inspired by and made on the Isle of Eigg
- Becki Crossley
- 10 July 2018
Scottish micro label to release music written and recorded by artists in residency on the idyllic Hebridean island
Lost Map, the record label run by Johnny 'Pictish Trail' Lynch from the Isle of Eigg, has announced the beginning of a new residency project called V I S I T ▲ T I O N S, where artists from the label's roster and beyond will record and release music made in a small bothy on the Hebridean island.
Formed in 2013, Lost Map's ethos is to release a diverse range of music, and to examine 'how we discover and explore music amid the disorientating digital geography of the 21st century'. The current roster includes the likes of Rozi Plain, Kid Canaveral, Bas Jan and Alabaster dePlume, and in recent years the label has released music from Seamus Fogarty, Tuff Love and Pictish Trail himself. As well as putting out records, the label curates Howlin' Fling, a festival based on Eigg.
Celebrating its fifth birthday in style this summer, the label has now revealed details of this exciting new project. Made with assistance from Creative Scotland and the National Lottery, V I S I T ▲ T I O N S invites artists to spend a week in solitude writing and recording music on the Isle of Eigg, documenting the process with photographs or diary entries as they see fit.
Lynch said the idea was inspired by his own response to visiting Eigg for the first time, as well as acts visiting the island to play at the music festival. He added: 'Eigg is quite a remote place and a really stunning location, it's such an important part of our identity as a label and who I am as a musician. I remember when I first visited here I was blown away by the scenery and the friendliness of the community. It's overwhelming and really inspiring. So many of the acts that have played at Howlin' Fling have said "I'd love to spend a bit of time here doing some writing and recording", and I understand why.'
Launching in July 2017, the V I S I T ▲ T I O N S bothy has hosted three artists already. The first instalment comes from Malmö based John B McKenna, better known as Monoganon, whose 2013 album F A M I L Y was Lost Map's first release. The works will be made available as part of a subscription service, either as a 12" vinyl (with download) or download only package. Subscribers can expect a combination of 'swirling, gurgling, unhurriedly unfurling freeform electronic compositions' complemented by an extensive archive of texts and photography offering insight into the creative process that shaped the body of work. The label will release two more of the works in 2018.
For more information or to sign up to the V I S I T ▲ T I O N S subscription service visit the Lost Map website.