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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 27th September 2024

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.

Hayden Thorpe - Ness


This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.


Using a process of redaction, Thorpe brings songs to life from the pages of best-selling author Robert Macfarlane’s book of the same name. Ness is inspired by Suffolk’s Orford Ness, the former Ministry of Defence weapons development site during both World Wars and the Cold War. Acquired by the National Trust in 1993 and left to re-wild, it to this day remains a place of paradox, mystery and constant evolution. Thorpe’s Ness is an ode to Orford Ness, the physical place and the book it inspired, both featuring the words of Robert Macfarlane and the artwork of Stanley Donwood.

The announcement arrives today alongside the beautiful “They”. Written following Thorpe’s first visit to Orford Ness with Macfarlane where they ate lunch “beside bomb craters and destroyed buildings” in a place where “within living memory an Armageddon was being prepared”, “They” questions the comfort that might be found in thinking of deep time. “For me, it’s Ness in summertime,” says Thorpe. “Full of the lightness and looseness of a blue afternoon. Musically speaking, it’s a riff on our experience of time. The interweaving polyrhythms and delays are a play on that.”

Edition Info

Where possible, this album has been made using recycled materials.

• 140g black LP using biovinyl, 3mm spine sleeve on recycled material, printed inner, download card.

• CD in jewel case using 30% recycled material which equates to 16% less CO2 emissions.


1. Merman
2. WTF Is That?
3. In The Green Chapel
4. It
5. Gull
6. He
7. Hagstone
8. She
9. Song Of The Bomb
10. They
11. V.
12. As
13. Closer Away

Scheduled: 27th September 2024

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