Districts, Roads, Open Space

Districts Roads Open Spaces

With my return to Warrington and Runcorn, the music began to reflect the social isolation of New Towns life. Its creation mirrored this through two years of pandemic lockdown.

The music is perhaps the loneliest and most spacious I have created so far – the Open Spaces in the album title taking on multiple interpretations. The focus and feel of the album are not inspired by the architecture of new towns but by the lives lived in them. I think the precise planning of new towns and the creation of specific zones for different activities – working, shopping and living – created an artificial way of life. One that failed to understand the sheer messiness of human existence.

Musically, the canvas is more epic than before. The first side comprises two epic tracks, and the second side introduces Euclidean sequencing to create disorientating evolving melodies.

Chapman-Fox continues to find wonder in his exploration of new towns and their impact on the lives and minds who worked and lived there. His Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan output has reached far and wide and garnered incredible responses from fans and critics worldwide. Resonating with new town locals, architects, designers and anyone who appreciates beautifully constructed, evocative electronic compositions. The sound palette is expanded to a wonderful effect in this new release.

The album is also available on all major streaming platforms.

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No.3 – Best Elecronic/Ambient Album of the Year 2022
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This impeccably crafted and beautifully realised album fulfils the purpose of all good art, and asks question after question after question.
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‘Districts, Roads, Open Space’ is a striking piece that is the work of a strong, forward moving force in British electronica.
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No. Song title Length
A01 Golden Square 13m 33s
A02 Golden Square 7m 44s
B03 Old Hall 4m 39s
B04 Locking Stumps 6m 19s
B05 The Key To A New Home Of Your Own 8m 06s
B06 Buzby’s Lullaby 3m 24s

Vinyl pressings

Pressing Date Description Copies
First pressing October 2022 Bright green vinyl 1,000 copies
First pressing October 2022 Green camouflage vinyl 300 copies
Second pressing Due 2023 Black clouds vinyl 700 copies
Second pressing Due 2023 Toxic sludge vinyl (Rough Trade exclusive) 300 copies