Richard Skelton



British minimalist and ambient musician Richard Skelton began making music in 2014, following the death of his wife Louise. His music, which uses a number of instruments – principally guitar and violin – has drawn comparisons with the likes of Arvo Pärt and Brian Eno. His recordings explicitly reference places of emotional resonance, specifically the West Pennine Moors, and the area around the sparsely populated parish of Anglezarke, with release artwork often including artefacts, such as twigs and alder catkins, from significant places. Most of Skelton's releases have been issued by his own Sustain-Release label – under a range of pseudonyms including A Broken Consort, Carousell and Riftmusic, as well as under his own name – in small editions of CDs with hand-crafted packaging, and often including fragments of poetry.