Heartwood Institute

Secret Rites

Released 12/01/18 Label Polytechnic Youth Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. py51


First release on Polytechnic Youth for 2018, (after a jaw dropping 21 releases last year!) sees a first larger scale, vinyl release for the mighty Heartwood Institute. Preceded by a pair of wonderful, yet small run cassette and CDR releases, Jonathan Sharp’s esteemed HI project deservedly receives a wider scale outing here. Entitled Secret Rites, imagine if you can, an unholy collision of Throbbing Gristle style proto industrial, Kosmische / kraut grooves and 70’s folk horror soundtracks. Secret Rites delves deep into a series of forgotten occult documentaries from the late sixties and early seventies; The Power Of The Witch, Witchcraft ’70 and The Legend Of The Witches. Focusing on the superstars of the period: Alex and Maxine Sanders, self appointed King and Queen of the Witches. A hauntological dive into a time when the occult was making inroads into mainstream media, truly the Age of Aquarius. A wonderfully free-flowing, evolving record that grows with each listen and a fine start to the New Year for both artist and label. A one off pressing of 300 vinyl LPs.