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Railcables are now on their fourth seasonal compilation album, and with the next instalment asking musicians to create music inspired by train travel, it seems only fitting that this autumn addition arrives a little late. Released digitally on 29th January, and with a double LP to follow in March, this is a rare selection of original music that is well worth seeking out.

Best known for his drum work in math rock band Three Trapped Tigers, Adam Betts contributes three tracks here, playing part of his debut work in solo electronic composition. All of the frenetic, chaotic drumming he is known for is still there, alongside atmospheric melodies for something totally intriguing.

Worriedaboutsatan contribute a mammoth 20 minute piece incorporating the sounds of train station platforms and on board recordings of passengers, for an engaging, epic, electronic track that builds and builds.

Heavy bass drone repetitions come courtesy of Negra Branca, the guise of Marlene Ribeiro from Gnod. Eerie yet also soft, delicate and mellow, her vocal tones sit perfectly in the carefully crafted soundscape she’s created.

Rounding it all out are Orcer, a new project from two North East guitarists. Five songs of gorgeous instrumentals, it’s hard to believe this is their debut recording. Finger picking beauty flows steadily for something smooth and captivating and rounds out a very unique selection of songs.

Railcables’ Autumn Selection 2015 is released today.

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