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They’m All Gone Now They’m all gone now, Girt Will, Poll Frigate, Nat, All cuddled down beneath the friendly slat. King Ben, Jack Monkey, Frenchie, Jinny Croad, They went whoame on the last girt wagon load. They’m all gone now, In passing threw away The things we seek so avidly today, A moment from the past, some simple lore, How valued to the witches of Endor. They’m all gone now, Old Possum, Batty, Fell, Their only epitaph the passing bell, Now silent sponsors of the tales we tell, When life meant cattle, corn and any well. Skylark Durston

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"Keep an eye on the Leeds jazz scene — so much adventurous and interesting music coming to the surface just lately. Case in point, the Perpetual Motion Machine’s latest album "Ignition". It’s a
band that suggests so much potential. I for one will be watching developments." - Stuart Nicholson

“At one end, the title track arrives knee-deep in squelchy G-Funk, chicken-scratch guitar so heavily distorted it sounds like the work of some disgustingly lecherous space cockerel. At the other end you have ‘Fog Circle’, which features gently propulsive ostinati and the grandfatherly voice of ‘Skylark’ Durston. In between you have feral free improv, all wailing saxes and face melting guitars. I’m genuinely excited to hear what PMM comes up with next.” - Jazzwise

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The debut release from this UK-based jazz/rock six-piece, "Ignition" is a concept album arranged around the theme of infinite or recurring cycles of time. Recurring throughout, the idea appears as much in Dale Harrop's beautiful Escher/DaVinci-inspired cover illustration, as it does in the field recording of the late Dorset stonemason 'Skylark' Durston reading his own poetry on the closing track, "Fog Circle". Unusually, the record is a mixture of original pieces by various band members, and group improvisations performed in the studio, under the direction of producer Sam Hobbs.

The music is very much its own but, in terms of reference points, the edgy art-rock and jazz-rock of the 1970s certainly informs the PMM sound, particularly in its earlier, untamed incarnations. However, there are modern influences too and, whether your favourite orchestra is Mahavishnu or Cinematic, you should find plenty to enjoy.

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released August 16, 2017

Perpetual Motion Machine

Sam Dunn - electric and acoustic guitars
Steve Hanley - drums and percussion
Garry Jackson - bass guitar and double bass
Ben Lowman - tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Riley Stone-Lonergan - tenor saxophone
Jamie Taylor - electric and acoustic guitars


“Ignition”

1) “Roadside Picnic” (Sam Dunn)

2) “Jack Monkey” (PMM + Sam Hobbs)

3) “The Cut” (Sam Dunn)
solos: Garry, JT, Riley

4) “Ignition” (Sam Dunn)
solos: Ben, Sam

5) “The Clock Of The Long Now” (PMM + Sam Hobbs)
tenor sax: Riley

6) “Zen” (Garry Jackson)
tenor sax: Ben

7) “Orbits” (Steve Hanley)
solo sax: Riley

8) “Ursa Minor” (Jamie Taylor)

9) “Ursa Major” (Jamie Taylor)
solos: JT, Riley

10) “Sulphur City Rendezvous” (PMM + Sam Hobbs)
bass clarinet: Ben

11) “Fog Circle” (Ben Lowman)
ft. Skylark Durston
duet: Ben & Sam

Poem “They’m All Gone Now”, written and performed by Skylark Durston

Recorded at Rebel Elements, Ilkley, January 2017
Produced, mixed, and engineered by Sam Hobbs,
Cover illustration by Dale Harrop
Mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Stardelta Audio Mastering
©Taccola Records 2017 All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcast prohibited.

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Perpetual Motion Machine Leeds, UK

With an unusual line-up of twin tenor saxophones, twin guitars, bass, and drums, the Machine creates a cinemascope sound that surrounds the listener. The power of PMM comes not from sheer volume, but from the breadth (stylistic and spatial) of its sources. Rock, free-improvisation, spoken word, and bebop coexist in music crafted by artists who embrace such traditions in all their variety & depth. ... more

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