“For Frosty Mornings And Summer Nights” by Xela
A deluxe reissue of the debut Xela album.
Four years after its release and almost seven after its conception, Type label boss John Twells’ debut album under the Xela moniker is finally ready to be re-issued once again and featuring all-new artwork from Matthew Woodson, two bonus tracks and with all tracks fully re-mastered at D&M Studios in Berlin, the album has never looked or sounded better.
John wrote the album in-between working at a car-parts shop selling car audio and busying himself with an art degree at University, which of course gave him the time to rush home whenever he could and work on music, and had the added bonus of providing him with large speaker systems to test out prospective tracks. The record was created in response to a two key things – a sense of alienation in the small ex-industrial town of Walsall, and most importantly to the electronic music he had just begun to hear. John had been brought up on a steady diet of indie, punk and metal and was exposed to electronic music fairly late, but as soon as he heard his first washes of analogue synthesizer he knew his life would change. It quickly led him to put down the guitars and save his pennies for cheap electronic equipment – synths, drum machines and tape recorders, and before long he was crafting home-made electronic symphonies. These early demos caught the attention of Lee Norris (Metamatics) who ran the Neo Ouija label, Lee used one of the tracks on a compilation he was compiling at the time, and encouraged John to put together a full length record. The result of this would become ‘For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights’ which harnessed Johns love for glacial electronics, the ultra-minimal sound of Mille Plateaux and 12k, hip hop and of course indie rock, melting them all down into a vague narrative across the course of the record.
This new issue has been fleshed out with two extra tracks which were written only shortly after the album’s completion, and the entire release has finally been fully mastered. It might be four years old now, but ‘For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights’ still sounds as beautiful and as inviting as the day it was first released – this is where it all started.