Local label Clarty Cat Records will be releasing a three part series of EPs over the coming months by collaborative project Five Pence Game. Spearheaded by workaholic Ally Morton from Massa Confusa, Five Pence Game takes influence from the likes of U.N.K.L.E. and Massive Attack, inviting local artists to co-write tracks for the releases.
The project is an organic and spur-of-the-moment affair, with collaborators encouraged to prepare lyrics or pieces of music which Ally will then compose a track around. Genres often go out the window, as collaborators include a variety of musicians and vocalists across a diverse spectrum, culminating in a series of tracks which span rock, trip-hop and electronica.
The next series of EPs, entitled Fuel, Heat and Oxygen, will be released in January, March and May respectively and feature collaborations with Jackie Purver from Retriever, Aran Glover from We Are Knuckle Dragger, Tom Hollingworth aka therunningchelsea, Bea Garcia Cisneros from Twist Helix, Jack Fallows from Skull Puppies, Outside Your House’s Faithful Johannes and a host of others.
Ally Morton continues to push boundaries and open up fresh avenues for musicians to express themselves, whether it’s at his successful Massa Confusa Presents gigs or as part of musical projects like Five Pence Game, meaning these EPs are likely to become collectable gems featuring the work of some of the best and most respected musicians in the region’s alternative music scene. Snap ‘em up.