About Parking Non-Stop
PARKING NON-STOP is a psychogeographical experiment in combining
soundscape and field recordings with songs, spoken word and
instrumentation. Parking Non-Stop is always on the move, but
simultaneously always at a standstill, listening to rush-hour traffic,
the chink of a beer glass or the fall of broken slate into a mountain lake.
Dewi Evans, Alan Holmes and ZoŽ Skoulding explore the sonic geography of a wider Europe within the context of their north Wales home by means of musical pieces that integrate field recordings they have made in various European locations with recordings made in their own home studios.
These pieces generally combine an experimental soundscape approach with an aesthetic that veers unpredictably between Europop and industrial minimalism.
They aim to achieve a distinctive north Wales sound that is based in
discovering new spatial and temporal resonances: this is not a musical
identity built from a mythical past, but an engagement with the sonic
possibilities of the mines, quarries and rusting machinery in the
landscape as it is today - a decaying rural-industrial environment rich
with unexpected noise.
Although primarily a recording project, Parking Non-Stop also perform
live, often in collaboration with like-minded musicians, poets and
artists. Recent performances have taken place in Wales, England,
Ireland, Slovakia, Bosnia, Norway, France and Germany.
Species Corridor - The Album
This album is created from recordings lovingly gathered over nearly a
decade of travels around Europe and more local journeys around north
Wales. Locations that have featured in recordings on this album range
from the Buda Labyrinth in Budapest to prehistoric burial chambers on
the island of Anglesey. The last few years have seen the shape of Europe change beyond recognition; Parking Non-Stop are fascinated by the edges and borders of Europe, and movement across them. The title track of Species Corridor features a rhythm track made from recording of a European bison in Eastern Poland kicking itself in the head to get rid of flies. The rare primeval forest where it lives, Bialowieza, became
the new border of the EU in 2004 amid heated debates about how to stop people migrating illegally while allowing the bison and other protected species to wander freely. Parking Non-Stopís music inhabits these tensions by exploring every locality as a border area where languages, sounds and cultures mingle and cross.
Underpinning Parking Non-Stopís sound is a painstaking process of
digital collage. Parking Non-Stop's music always incorporates field
recordings (to a lesser or greater extent), whether as background
ambience, basic rhythm tracks or upfront vocal focus. There are no drum sounds on the album: all rhythms are created through the positioning of field recordings, most of which are made from slate dropped, thrown and smashed in the quarries of Snowdonia. These are combined with vocals and more conventional instrumentation to create an aesthetic that hovers on the border between avant-garde and pop, challenging the certainties of both.