Friday, 2 February 2018

BUY THE DEBUT RECORD FROM XTUL (which is nothing to do with Jon, honest)

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, plant, grass, outdoor, nature and textAs many of you will know, the team behind the Centre for Fortean Zoology and Gonzo Weekly Magazine are also responsible for various other projects. These include a non-profit community record company called Wyrd, which specialises in putting out limited editions of peculiar little records that nobody else would be likely to touch with a metaphorical barge pole. And here we have news of the latest release!

After years of rumours, Xtul are finally releasing their first hardcopy EP. It is pretty much what you would expect from a band consisting of peculiar mutants, who live in a redoubt deep in the dank woodlands of North Cornwall. In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis said that one should never trust something that used to be human, but isn’t now.

As Xtul consists of a man in a wheelchair with the head of an elephant, a little girl with goat’s legs and the statuesque woman with the face of a skull, (and most definitely does NOT include Jon Downes, although he will admit to having produced it and having played guitar on a couple of tracks) you probably shouldn’t trust this lot. The five track record tells a narrative story which explains how the elephant man and the goat girl came to be, and the story is told in a genre mashing mixture of hiphop, folk, prog and avant-something or other, with a smattering of musique concrète.

But you can find out more about them! All you have to do is read this book: 

Check it out on

And you can buy this remarkable 5 track record, which has a running time of just over half an hour, from those jolly nice people at Wyrd, utilising the Paypal button below. Do not worry about currency conversion. Although, the payment is in GBP, Paypal will do any conversion necessary for you. Gosh, isn’t the 21st century wonderful?

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Buy Jon's new Single



Saturday, 5 March 2016

Jon talks to Martin about breathing for the last time!!

The latest issues of Gonzo Weekly features an article and interview with 4th Eden discussing the new Our Last Breath EP, a few mentions about some friends and the possible demise of Soundcloud...maybe!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

A new CD Single from 4th Eden. Is this a breath of fresh air?

So some much needed musical delights at last from the 4th Eden camp.
The new CD single is called 'Our Last Breath' is a collaboration with Stargrace and Lamara-Marie Graham.

The CD single consists of 3 tracks:

1. Our Last Breath (Radio Edit)
2. Our Last Breath (Original)
3. Our Last Breath (Annihilation Mix)

Martin states' Well I wrote the main body of the music to begin with but I've been told that the lyrics are written from the perspective of the last human alive in an alternate dark future, where for humanity the breath is a distant memory. Phew! Well I didn't get it so you'll have to use your imagination!"

He also comments" the influences for original track came from us watching 'The World's End' movie back in 2013. It was great to hear "The Sisters Of Mercy's - This Corrosion" in this comedy about robots!! So I wanted to make my own goth take on it with choirs and a few robots sounds! The girls then communicated through cyberspace and came up with the lyrics. I left them to it and hey presto, OUR LAST BREATH was born!"

The main architecture of the song was written back in 2013. The lyrics and wonderful vocals of the two ladies followed.

For a while it was just the original version that existed. However, there was an extra section composed which made into a dance track not too dissimilar to Chicane. These became the Radio Edit and the Annihilation Mix.

The single is available as a limited physical CD through Wyrd Records and it can also be downloaded through Bandcamp.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

4th Eden on front cover of Gonzo Weekly

For the very first time, 4th Eden not only get an interview in a magazine but by-jingo by-crikey he's on the front page!

So with the help of Steve Rider, we went out to Hartland in North Devon to do the photo-shoot. Firstly, at the folly and then to the standing stone the other side of the valley.

Martin talks the Jon about the new album, 'Pictures On A Soundscape' and what inspired since his 'Organik Refektion' EP.

Jon describes the album as a rare patch of wasteland somewhere between the lush gardens of Brian Eno, and the experimental playground of Cornelius Cardew.

I guess that means he likes it!

4th Eden goes all soundscapy

4th Eden (aka Martin Eve) has finally released his second album called 'Pictures On A Soundscape'. Written over the past three years this collection of nine tracks takes you on a journey through an electronic landscape.

With contributions from Soundcloud chums, Graham Lavallin and Christian Granquist, this album is very different from album no 1, Infinity.

All production, mixing and mastering took place in his home studio in North Devon over the summer in between his 2nd year and 3rd year college course.

It can be purchased at all major download sites and a physical CD is expected by the end of the year.

Monday, 20 July 2015

MIKE AND JON: Live at the Fairy Ball

In the 33 years we have known each other this is only the second gig we have ever played together...