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Stephen Lane    Photograph by Tammy Denitto

I started making music around 1991, recording into a Dictaphone or, “boom box”, as the Americans say. I released six cassettes in this way.

The recordings were mainly voice and acoustic guitar. I would describe them as shambolic and improvised; my guitar could have taken me to court for grievous bodily harm. Then in 1996 whilst on a day trip to the lovely and charming hamlet of Tiddlywink, I decided to purchase a four-track, and began to record music under the name Vase.

I chose the name Vase because porcelain is fragile and can be easily broken. My intention is to make music conveying a homemade sound with a melancholic tone, blending sparse acoustic and electronic structures with softly spoken vocals.

Over the years I have collaborated with George McKenzie (Headfall) and Matt and Sam Jones (Movietone /Crescent). They have added extra instrumentation, yet the songs still keep an understated, bare-bones atmosphere.



Photograph by Tammy Denitto
Please Contact me if you would like to put on a Vase gig.





Listen to Vase


(Light chop) taken from 'A distant green for a drier shade'
copyright control Stephen Lane 2011

(Apple, table, penny excerpt) taken form 'By the river'
copyright control Stephen Lane 2008

(Belief and Insecurity) taken from 'A Carving in The Wood'.
Copyright control Stephen Lane 2005

(The final scene) taken from 'A Campilation'.
Copyright control Stephen Lane 1997-2003

(I don't want to be me) taken from 'A Campilation'.
Copyright control Stephen Lane 1997-2003

(Alone on a saturday night) taken from 'Teenage Moonlight'.
Copyright control Stephen Lane 2002





Vase video

The official video for Soft knees by Vase.
This song is on the By the river 7" vinyl ep.

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Vase Discography


Vase compilation contributions



Vase - A distant green for a drier shade

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: A Distant Green for A Drier Shade
  • Cat no: Vase 12
  • Format: CD-R
  • Released: 2011
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  • Read a review by norman records

    Tracklisting:
    1. Eastern tip
    2. Pixels
    3. In the night
    4. Light chop (Listen) copyright control Stephen Lane 2011
    5. The silver case
    6. Thrice
    7. Marion Jefferson
    8. Prance jet horn
    9. Ghostly furr
    10. Wondrous and gaudy
    11. Deckchair
    12. See the sea



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    Vase - By the river

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: By the river
  • Cat no: Vase 11
  • Format: 7" EP
  • Released: 2008
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  • Read a review by retrolowfi
    Read a review by norman records

    Tracklisting:

    Side A:
    1. Apple, table, penny (Listen) copyright control Stephen Lane 2008
    2. Recalling to guide
    Side B:
    1. Crab apple
    2. Soft knees



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    Vase   Thoroughly beastly

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: Thoroughly Beastly
  • Cat no: Vase 10
  • Format: CD-R
  • Released: 2008
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  • Tracklisting:
    1. Bobsled
    2. Quiet purple posture (first version)
    3. Shadow, nature
    4. A shooting star
    5. "It can be hidden"
    6. Out of the cocoon



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    Vase   A Carving in the Wood

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: A Carving in The Wood
  • Cat no: Vase 9
  • Format: CD-R
  • Released: 2005
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    Tracklisting:
    1. Lines will grow
    2. Belief and insecurity (Listen) copyright control Stephen Lane 2005
    3. Twitchingly
    4. O to be young
    5. Irish heart
    6. No reply
    7. Hide my panama hat
    8. Chameleon eyes
    9. Towards the sky



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    Vase  A Campilation

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: A Campilation
  • Cat no: Vase 8
  • Format: CD-R
  • Released: 2003
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  • Tracklisting:
    1. Mao's dynasty
    2. The king is dead
    3. Stevie Wonder
    4. I don't want wo be me
    5. The final scene (Listen) copyright control Stephen Lane 1997-2003
    6. The discovery
    7. NYC
    8. a
    9. Alaska
    10. Red = no red
    11. Drenched in gel
    12. Oak aged canopies (violin version)
    13. When I lose my sight
    14. Bit part
    15. 1994
    16. Break dancing in my shell
    17. After dark with the Minotaur



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    Vase   Teenage Moonlight

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: Teenage Moonlight
  • Cat no: Vase 7
  • Format: CD-R
  • Released: 2002
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  • Tracklisting:
    1. The Sphinx
    2. Gentle waves, caress the boat
    3. Light through windows
    4. The shade is my buddy
    5. Shapes in the light
    6. Nocturnal locus
    7. Under the orange tree
    8. Bob
    9. Fallen of the bobsleigh
    10. Robotic feeling
    11. Quiet purple posture
    12. Wind in your hair
    13. Alone on a saturday night (Listen) copyright control Stephen Lane 2002
    14. A new state
    15. A perverse prozac
    16. A lost light
    17. Slowly the night glows



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    Vase   No Cowbells

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: No Cowbells
  • Cat no: Vase 6
  • Format: 7" Single
  • Released: 2000
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  • Tracklisting:

    Side A:
    1. No cowbells
    Side B:
    1. Oak aged canopies
    2. No longer



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    Or you can order a copy from the this online record shop:

    Norman Records, Unit 20, Croydon House, Croydon Street, Leeds, LS11 9RT, U.K
    Tel/fax: (+44) 0113 2454399


    Vase   Nocturne

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: Nocturne
  • Cat no: Vase 5
  • Format: Cassette
  • Released: 1998
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  • Tracklisting:

    Side A
    1. Desagreable cou temps
    2. 1994
    3. Night music
    4. Threadlike
    5. Orange leaves
    6. Hostile environment
    7. Summer nights: starring up at the stars
    Side B
    1. Bit part
    2. Wanting a green sky
    3. When time starts talking
    4. Emaciated
    5. Break dancing in my shell
    6. No cowbells
    7. After dark with the Minotaur



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    Vase   A Clearing in the Clouds

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: A Clearing in The clouds
  • Cat no: Vase 4
  • Format: Cassette
  • Released: 1998
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  • Tracklisting:

    Side A
    1. Lundi/mardi
    2. Subdued
    3. a
    4. The spiral stairs
    5. Winters grace
    6. A fey fool
    7. The last tug boat
    Side B
    1. Red = no red
    2. The wind and the moon
    3. The jump
    4. Alaska
    5. J.B
    6. A glimmer of light
    7. A glimmer of hope



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    Vase   Existing in Space

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: Existing in Space
  • Cat no: Vase 3
  • Format: Cassette
  • Released: 1998
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  • Tracklisting:

    Side A
    1. Electromagnetic radiation
    2. Interlude song
    Side B
    1. Time is an abstract theory
    2. Nebula



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    Vase   What am I Going to do...

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: What am I Going To Do...
  • Cat no: Vase 2
  • Format: Cassette
  • Released: 1997
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  • Tracklisting:

    Side A
    1. The discovery
    2. The final scene
    3. Before the demolition
    4. Forgotten (subjective version)
    5. Autumn in summer
    6. The comedy of friendship
    7. Candle light
    Side B
    1. Blind assault
    2. Vincent's wood
    3. Only out of the left
    4. Portcullis
    5. Stevie Wonder (swxs)
    6. Anticlimax
    7. I don't want to be me



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    Vase   A Mongrel

  • Artist: Vase
  • Title: A Mongrel
  • Cat no: Vase 1
  • Format: Cassette
  • Released: 1997
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  • Tracklisting:

    Side A
    1. The king is dead (everlasting version)
    2. Hand idiom
    3. Scary aliens
    4. Stevie Wonder
    5. Ade's penis
    6. Dear Rebecca
    Side B
    1. Le fenetre
    2. The king is dead
    3. Mao's dynasty
    4. Channel of hell
    5. Survelilance forever



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