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Four-song mini-CD EP originally released on Timshel Records in December 2002.
"...a quite beautiful quartet of ‘tunes’... droning synths, muttered voices and hazy street noises woven into a criss-cross of finely spun guitar patterns... there is a fresh and inspiring feel to it all that all the new year colonic irrigation in the world couldn’t shift." - The List
“...4 pulsating tracks on a 3” cd which somehow mimic engine noise, while samples of crash death statistics interplay in a cursory warning on the evils of the automobile...so spooky that it seems it would soundtrack a space shuttle crash..." - Is This Music?
“...a lovely thing to look at...very pretty beautiful sounding stuff and well worth a punt..." - Norman Records
“...beautifully packaged 3" CD..." - Rough Trade
Limited to 200 copies, each handmade & individually numbered in a sealed envelope.
one copy was kept by me.
one hundred and seventy nine were available to buy.
five were given to specifically chosen dj’s/journalists
the remaining fifteen were distributed at various locations, from the scottish highlands down to the south of england, over the period of the 12th to the 29th december 2002.
the full list of locations where copies of the ep (no.’s 2 to 16) were left, for anyone to find, is as follows:
2: 12/12/02, 10:20 in middle of Q magazine, at whsmith, inverness train station
3: 12/12/02, 14:00 in lap tray, in front of seat, on perth to glasgow train
4: 16/12/02, 12:00 on seat, on top deck of 44A bus, outside glasgow university student union
5: 21/12/02, 07:30 in sick bag, in pouch of seat in front, on glasgow to luton easyjet flight
6: 21/12/02, 08:10 in toilet roll holder of cubicle, in men’s toilets, luton airport
7: 21/12/02, 09:47 in between two seats, on london bridge to sevenoaks train
8: 23/12/02, 11:48 slid behind magnetic ‘deansgate’ advert, at sevenoaks train station
9: 23/12/02, 12:42 in frame of advert encouraging people to go to church at christmas, on platform 6, london bridge train station
10. 23/12/02, 13:45 on seat of Luton Parkway to Luton Airport bus link coach
11: 23/12/02, 14:45 in middle of Mojo magazine, at Johnny Cash article, in World News shop, Luton airport
12: 23/12/02, 17:00 in lap tray, in front of seat on Luton to Glasgow Easyjet flight
13: 23/12/02, 17:40 on top of ‘help’ button in pay station, at level 2 car park, Glasgow Airport
14: 29/12/02, 11:00 on top of air pump outside BP Garage in Chryston
15: 29/12/02, 12:05 in middle of What Car? Magazine supplement, at Shell Services, Perth
16: 29/12/02, 13:10 in AA phone booth, at Lay-by 101 of A9 Perth to Inverness road
As heard on Radio 1's John Peel, Radio 3's Late Junction, Beat 106's The Beatscene & Radio Magnetic's Fallout.
REVIEWS IN FULL:
"A very small package arrived at The List offices the other day that put some colour back into Surface noise’s pallid complexion. Inside was an immaculately packaged 3in CD from an outfit calling themselves Calamateur. The Autocity EP is a quite beautiful quartet of ‘tunes’, the kind that would be branded ambient by less considerate souls - ambient in that there isn’t a sha-la-Ia chorus or drum solo to be heard, but instead, droning synths, muttered voices and hazy street noises woven into a criss-cross of finely spun guitar patterns. Hardly brand new l’lI grant you but there is a fresh and inspiring feel to it all that all the new year colonic irrigation in the world couldn’t shift. More than this, the makers have distributed 15 of the discs in variety of public places - in airports, on buses, at service stations, a list of which will be posted on the Calamateur website soon - and you could do well to keep and eye out for one, or better still make for your local quality record store and ask for it by name. Oh and while your there buy the new Flaming Lips single and a copy of that rereleased Board of Canada Album Twoism: you won’t regret it. - The List
"Calamateur released a single last year I think it was which you seemed to like.... we did. Now just in this fat morn we have a 3" CD single ltd to 200 copies in a porn style brown paper bag (more like an envelope actually) with little inserts and that. A lovely thing to look at indeed. Tis called the Autocity EP you know. It's atmospheric floaty type music with samples from news reports (by the sounds of things) of war and carnage. Very pretty beautiful sounding stuff and well worth a punt me thinks.” - Norman Records
"Beautifully packaged 3" CD limited to just 200 copies from Calamateur who come from the suburbs of Glasgow. The four tracks are totally bleak soundscapes with spoken word samples on top. This could easily sit on Constellation or on a Clientele single." Rough Trade
"The second concept record about driving this month but this one is clearly not in favour of our mechanical friends. 4 pulsating tracks on a 3” CD which somehow mimic engine noise, while samples of crash death statistics interplay in a cursory warning on the evils of the automobile. Snippets of radio chat on traffic build up through the CD – ‘Bad Day’ features a description of the state of a collided car until the inevitable ‘Farstar’ is reached – actually so spooky that it seems it would soundtrack a space shuttle crash until an American statistician (of course) kicks in equating highway death tolls to those in ‘nam.” - Is This Music?
released December 1, 2002
Recorded at badass studios & fertility doll studios
Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/community group music
tutor. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You'll find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room....more
Like the “melodic gratitude” comment you made - which sounds to me like another album title. Appreciate the mellow mood of the album; its also very helpful to have the sort of narration put to the selections, in order to explain the origin. Its nice to have that background to understand, in some small way, the depths from which the art that you’re creating comes. Dirk Frey