Front and Follow present Toll, the stunning new album from Kemper Norton.
Whereas previous Kemper Norton releases Carn and Loor were located in specific rural locations and the city respectively, Toll takes place offshore, exploring themes of vengeance, destroyed communities, the perils of nostalgia and myth and the concept of home.
It is a story of a collision between the lost Cornish kingdom of Lyonesse and the 1967 sinking of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker, both located in the same stretch of ocean off the west coast of Cornwall.
The Torrey Canyon incident, where the ship was wrecked on the Seven Stones reef spilling 32 million gallons of crude oil, was one of the worst environmental disasters in the world at the time and featured disastrous government attempts to rescue the situation by, for instance, setting fire to the resultant oil slick. The results are still visible on many Cornish beaches.
The drowned land of Lyonesse (or ‘Lethowsow’) features in the story of Tristran and Iseult and is further described in romantic terms in poems by Tennyson and Walter de la Mare, as well as being recreated as a haunted zone in the PC game Dark Age of Camelot. Bells from the lost churches of its capital can still supposedly be heard from beneath the Seven Stones reef.