Bastard Island

by Steven Ball

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Thermal gloss printed CD in flexible transparent case with wraparound two sides full colour cover and insert designed by Steven Ball.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Bastard Island via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    includes PDF booklet of notes by Steven Ball
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"the weather is routinely
no reliable reports
set up the microphone
time enough to prepare..."

Linear Obsessional is proud to release the new album of songs by Steven Ball - whilst his fusion of avant-garde sounds and field recordings with composed songs bears comparison with Walker and Sylvian "Bastard Island" with its geographical imagery and pertinent subject matter combined with meticulously chosen backings is a unique and wonderfully unsettling experience. Plummeting short wave noise, distant guitar and organ drones create a shifting bed for the composer's distinctive croon. His strongest album yet.

Bastard Island arrives as a collection of speculative fiction dispatches from spatio-temporally ambiguous elsewheres and elsewhens. These descriptive songs are fragmented and episodic crypto-narrative participant observations. They evoke disrupted temporal, meteorological, geographical, and seasonal conditions, and local and global social inertia. The songs inhabit ambient soundbeds redolent with spatial diffraction, signal refraction, small sounds, and distance communication.

A picnoleptic production in the English Asteroid series, written and recorded by Steven Ball, Summer 2018.


released January 11, 2019

Bastard Island

written and performed by Steven Ball

recorded summer 2018 in New Cross, South East London
location recordings Melbourne Australia 1994 and 2017, London and Shetland 2018.
shortwave radio recordings Melbourne 1991 and London 2018




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