Mark Peters releases a seasonal new EP called Winterland on December 17. It combines a new cover of the theme tune to the ’80s kids’ TV series ‘The Box Of Delights’ – along with an incredible reworking by Maps – with the versions of ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ that he put out over the last two years to raise money for charity.
‘The Box Of Delights’ is also coming out on a limited-edition snow white vinyl 7” as the final release in the Sonic Cathedral Singles Club. Subscriptions have now completely sold out, but a few copies of the vinyl will be available online and in selected record shops.
Part of an incredible soundtrack for the ground-breaking 1984 series put together by BBC Radiophonic Workshop don Roger Limb, ‘The Box Of Delights’ is actually ‘The First Noel’ segment of the Carol Symphony by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. Mark’s version manages to be as sinister as Abner Brown, the show’s antagonist, with a scary Spiritualized-meets-The-Exorcist feel, while Maps prises open the box and bathes everything in light and magic on his delightful remix.
To launch the EP and the single, Mark is playing a special one-off show at The Social in London on December 17 (which doubles as the Sonic Cathedral Christmas Party). As part of an evening called Opening The Box Of Delights, he will be improvising a new score to the show, with the assistance of ambient tape loop mastermind Howlround. James Chapman from Maps will be on the decks.
Winterland can be purchased from Mark’s own Bandcamp page