"...that rare artefact, a consistently great compilation...Buy it..." - Is This Music
"... a rich variety...consistently healthy quality control..." - Diskant
"..A fine compilation..." - Inverness City Advertiser
"...ace..." - Norman Records
Trident Ploughshares (TP) is a group of dedicated peace and justice activists who believe in non-violent direct action and are willing to risk arrest and imprisonment to protest against Trident, a multiple warhead nuclear missile system carried by the submarine fleet of the same name, and advocate for the decommissioning of weapons of mass destruction. Legal fees are expensive, publicity costs money, a well run protest is not cheap. TP needs cash and it needs public awareness of the issue.
Deep Peace is a collection of great songs from great bands sympathetic to the cause. We aim to raise awareness and funds for the work of Trident Ploughshares, in the hope of making the world a safer, better, more creative and exciting place. This is not a collection of protest songs, we haven't asked the musicians to change what they do. Instead, Calamateur has curated a deliriously brilliant compilation album. Each band donated one of their best songs and Calamateur tweaked, mastered and shuffled everything into a cohesive whole. This is a labour of love indeed. It sounds amazing. It will rock your world.
Reviews in full:
"'An enactment of the Biblical prophecies to 'beat swords into ploughshares'". Scary stuff, but no less scary than nuclear armageddon. Which is what Trident Ploughshares is trying to prevent. Aiding them in this goal is Andrew Howie, the man behind the acclaimed Calamateur as well as the Scottish arm of Autoclave Records, who are releasing the record. "I've got a couple of friends who have been involved with Trident Ploughshares for quite a while and who have both been arrested several times for protesting," says Howie, who confesses that he might never have got involved with the movement if it wasn't for his friends' passion. And sharing this passion - though imminent arrests are less likely - are some of the best bands from Scotland and elsewhere. Howie admits that they are some of his favourite bands anyway, bands who he'd played with or been a fan of - as he says, "There was no cold calling as such as I'd had some contact with each band at some point in the past anyway." The album kicks off with Aereogramme's 'Fireworks', a version of the hard-to-find track from the FukdID series which is at the serenely chilling end of the band's usual loud/quiet formula. In compiling the album Andrew Howie has surpassed himself - there is the simple route of taking a few bands from the Autoclave roster, but with quality like The Out_Circuit and The Gena Rowlands Band readily available, that's entirely forgiveable. Calamateur also features twice on this album - once as the title track 'Deep Peace' - despite being based on an ancient Celtic (pronounced 'keltic'!) blessing, more rocking than anything he's done before. But the most remarkable track is Frog Pocket, as mashed up with Calamateur himself. Taking two of the best tunes, pure and simple, of the past 12 months - 'Underwood Ladykirk' and 'Born Yesterday' - the mix of glitchcore and haunting melody is an awesome marriage. As if this wasn't enough, Spare Snare offer 'Taking On the Sides', there's a piece from Lewis Turner (sometime Arab Strap and Delgados live collaborator), and perhaps best of all, Les Tinglies - an obscure treasure unearthed from deep in the Aereogramme lineage. And there's even more - lesser-known but still worth bearing investigation, making for that rare artefact, a consistently great compilation. And all profits go to Trident Ploughshares. Buy it and feel good about yourself into the bargain."
- Stuart McHugh, Is This Music?
"'Compilation with a conscience' in aid of Trident Ploughshares (TP) - who campaign against illegal weapons of mass destruction - ours, that is (www.tridentploughshares org for more info). The Beauly-based Autoclave label specialise in moments of raw beauty. The 14 bands/artists here overlap and merge and create a coherent album of many highlights. Aereogramme's 'Fireworks', Calamateur's unexpectedly gutsy 'Deep Peace', Brahm, Frog Pocket - pretty much every track! 'Unfeeling' analogue electronica mixed with fragile human emotion and guitar - that couldn't work?? Yeah, beautifully. A fine compilation."
- Inverness City Advertiser
"Deep Peace is a compilation CD album from Autoclave Records. It's 'curated' (i.e. put together) by Calamateur, who I have reviewed here before. The raison d'etre behind this - all compilations need a raison d'etre - is awareness (and fund) raising for Trident Ploughshares, who aim to shut down Britain's nuclear weapons capability. There are 14 tracks here, not of early 90s deep Goan Trance (as the hippyish title may make you think) but of a variety of (mostly) guitar-oriented independent music. It's quite a rich variety too, taking in, amongst other things stripped-down acoustic introspective pop (Aereogramme), moody paranoid-sounding rock (Calamateur), woozy My Bloody Valentine-like noise (Slow Storm) and minimalist blissed-out drones (Apologist). Aside from those four tracks - my favourites on here - the album also features Oldsolar, Brahm, Frog Pocket featuring Calamateur, Spare Snare, The Gena Rowlands Band, Les Tinglies, The Out_Circuit, alicebelts, Lewis Turner and tenyards. What ties the individual tracks together, beyond the Trident Ploughshares connection, is a very high standard of production and recording, and consistently healthy quality control."
- Simon Minter, Diskant
"...we have another ace compilation in aid of a good cause. This time its called Deep Peace and is aid of Trident Ploughshares which is a campaign to get rid of Britain's nuclear weapons. There's tracks here from Aereogramme, Calamateur, Frog Pocket, Spare Snare, the Gena Rowlands band and about 10 more."
- Norman Records
released July 19, 2004
Curated by calamateur
calamateur and autoclave records thank:
all the bands for contributing their tracks for free, especially Craig B, Mark Russell, Tom McGarrigle, Chaz Barber, John Wilson, Jan Burnett, Bob Massey, Iain Cook, Nate Burke, Lewis Turner and Phil Doak.
Also thanks to Bob Baker, Fay Balfour, James Balfour, Morag Balfour, Steven Bentley, Emma Pollock @ Chemikal Underground, The Iona Community, David MacKenzie, Heather Small and Richard Vernon.
deep peace is an autoclave records release.
This compilation (P) 2004 autoclave records (C) 2004 autoclave records.
Design by fatbetti [email@example.com].
Photographs by Andrew Howie.
At the start of the millennium Richard Vernon and Andrew Howie started a micro label they called Autoclave Records. Thanks
to a love of great music and a stunning lack of commercial timing, Autoclave released some great records that very few people bought....more
welcome to the dark-side - Calamateur has often written about doubt, questioning, and dark stuff with an ultimately hopeful twist, but this is his deepest exploration of that side of his musical personae... Excellent. Steve Lawson