Fourth Page takes improvised music to exciting places it hasn’t really been before
— All About Jazz
 
 

Charlie Beresford - guitar/voice

Carolyn Hume - keyboards

Peter Marsh - bass

Paul May - drums

Fourth Page was formed in 2010 almost by accident on a sunny Spring afternoon in Surrey. The very first notes the band ever played together that day ended up on their debut album, ‘Along the Weak Rope’, which was released later that year. Two more albums followed for Forwind and the legendary Leo label over the next couple of years (along with a lot of gigs in churches).

The band’s entirely improvised approach to song form has drawn comparisons to everyone from Schubert to Scott Walker, David Sylvian, Paul Bley, Talk Talk and John Martyn, but in truth Fourth Page sound like no-one but themselves. After a few years spent concentrating on other projects and collaborations (often with each other in various combinations) the quartet are back together.

This time the band’s sound is a little harder edged, more electric, as demonstrated on their second album for Leo, ‘The Forest from Above’ . Maybe this is a reflection of the harder edged times we live in at the close of the decade, but at the heart of Fourth Page’s music there’s still a luminous, fragile beauty

 

Some Press -

’Fourth Page takes improvised music to exciting places it hasn’t really
been before’ (All About Jazz)

’I thought it was perhaps the sort of song cycle Schubert might have
written if he’d been around today. The anguish of Winterreise with its
chinks of light…’ (Fiona Talkington, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3)

’…tout ici se conjugue de façon miraculeuse pour faire de cette musique
entre chien et loup, cérébrale et profondément érotique …’ (Jazz
Magazine)

’Dark like a starless night, beautifully poetic, delicate, haunting,
seductive. Compellingly unique and not to be missed.’ (Jazzowy Alchemik)

’David Sylvian explored a similar fusion of improvisation and song on his Manofon album, but he failed where Fourth Page succeed in fully integrating the two forms, and moreover Fourth Page do it live.’ (Dalston Sound)