Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CLAIRE POTTER & BRIDGET HAYDEN - Mother to No Swimming Laughing Child - FEF36

Merseyside artist and writer Claire Potter works to blur the line between the written word and performance. Here she performs readings from her book Mental Furniture (VerySmallKitchen, 2014), framed by noise and treatments from Bridget Hayden (Vibracathedral Orchestra et al). Tensely-delivered, visceral monologues referencing violence and sexual abuse with morbid humour, and a raw, harsh sonic setting makes for an intense, uneasy but compelling listen.

Side One
1) Ste's Face is Full (3:02)
2) Still Woman Cold (5:01)
3) Brendan Brady (4:58)

Side Two
1) Picking (3:54)
2) Wild Water Pigeon (4:14)

Extracts from Mental Furniture written and performed by Claire Potter 
Production and additional sounds by Bridget Hayden

Edition of 100


Andrew Fearn is best known as the can-supping musical half of Sleaford Mods, but his minimalist stage persona belies a prolific if low-key musical history, notably including a pair of electronic albums under the name Infant in the early '00s. This current solo vehicle has been represented by a diverse slew of digital releases, and more recently, the Just Tracks double CD and Unttld 10" (both on Fourth Dimension Records).

By compiles conceptually and stylistically related material from 2011, most of which previously appeared on a pair of similarly-titled Bandcamp albums. The mood is depressive and downbeat, evoking bad comedowns, paranoid dread and urban isolation, via fractured beats at creeping tempos, spacious atmospheres, and forlorn fragments of acoustic melody. It's like an insular, non-verbal flipside to the eloquent rage of Fearn's "other" band.

The accompanying download includes four bonus tracks.

Side One
1) Lay By (4:21)
2) By Hand (5:42)
3) By Arrest (5:26)
4) By Day (4:30)
5) By Working (7:15)
6) By Half (6:53)

Side Two
1) By Myself (3:43)
2) By Eye (4:30)
3) Death By (5:40)
4) Let By (3:51)
5) Lost By (7:09)
6) Stand By (4:39)

Download-only bonus tracks:
1) By Default (1:49)
2) By Harm (5:47)
3) By Now (7:28)
4) By Storm (9:10)

Produced some time in November 2011 
Thanks to Simon (Baselab)
All music by Andrew Fearn

Edition of 100

Thursday, November 27, 2014

THE RESTLESS DEAD & BIRD PEOPLE - Meet the Dervishes of Khartoum in a Confluence​-​of​-​the​-​Nile - FEF34

Chris Joynes: "The source recordings for this project come from around 3 hours of field recordings made in November 2004 at the weekly Sufi Dervish 'conference' that takes place every Sunday in the centre of the main cemetery in Khartoum, Sudan, which rests near the point of confluence between the White Nile and Blue Nile. 
The recordings sat gestating until spring 2008, when they were used as the basis for a Restless Dead event. On this occasion, the Restless Dead featured members of Jupiter Dogs, an improvising collective that operates as part of a small commune that has existed in East Anglia on an on-off basis for about 10 years, living on some land outside Soham. The commune is formed along religious/spiritual lines, specifically engagement with the mystic traditions of early Christianity as set out in the 1st-2nd century Gnostic Gospels discovered in Nag Hamadi in 1948, and also Islamic gnostic texts dating from around 800AD. 

This event involved playing an edited and sequenced version of the source field recordings on a loop though a small PA at Blue Arc (then based in a room above H Gees' on Mill Road in Cambridge) which the ensemble improvised along to continuously for about 7 or 8 hours, recording the results to minidisc through a single stereo mic placed in the middle of the room. This material was then shaped and edited down over the following three or four years, usually during empty periods spent in hotel rooms and airports, resulting in the 23-odd minutes of Side A. 

In 2013 this piece was sent to Feathered Coyote as a potential release, and was followed by the idea of recruiting Bird People to do a 'dub' version. However, on investigation, it was found that the 7 or 8 hours' of recordings from the Restless Dead event had been 'lost'. Since the original 2004 field recordings were still in existence, these were sent instead, and so, when Bird People went on retreat to Waidhofen/Ybbs, the field recordings were used as the starting point for their piece. There was little discussion over what would be produced, although some basic operating principles were agreed: 1. the recording should be made as part of one single event, rather than a series of 'takes' or overdubs; 2. all instruments should be wholly acoustic, although processing could take place after the event; 3. the final Bird People piece should be exactly the same length as the Restless Dead piece. The results are the 23-odd minutes of Side B."
Side One
The Restless Dead Meet the Dervishes of Khartoum in a Confluence-of-the-Nile (23:11)

Side Two
Bird People Meet the Dervishes of Khartoum in a Confluence-of-the-Nile (23:11)

Recorded, edited & produced by the Leith Hill Recordings Mobile Unit & Bird People November MMIV-April MMXIV
Khartoum, Histon, Cambridge, Asmara, Vienna, Waidhofen / Ybbs

Edition of 75

RASTREJO - Fractura de Miramientos - FEF33

Valencia's José Guerrero is a veteran of past and present bands such as Betunizer, Jupiter Lion, Cuello, Zener, and La Orquesta del Caballo Ganador. Rastrejo is his solo vehicle to explore various experimental tangents. 

This release delivers a sort of brutally minimal lo-fi dance exotica. Think Vega and Rev jamming with Sun Ra in a sleazy Mediterranean dockland club.

Side One
1) Estucato (1:20)    2) Malgastando Pubis (4:09)
3) Mi Querida Veleta (3:09)

Side Two
1) Me Gusta (1:50)    
2) Palitroque en tu Cara (3:21)
3) Mercader de Sencillos + Ballesta sin Fisuras (4:53)

listen / buy

Recorded during June 2013 at Plataforma Continental Studio in Valencia, Spain. 

Edition of 75

ONDNESS - Surf e Performance - FEF32

Ondness is an electronic project by Lisbon's Bruno Silva. These murky loops seem unassuming until you're drawn into a subterranean vortex of mesmerising viscosity that occasionally coalesces into off-kilter techno.

Side One
1) Baxia de Crocodilo (6:18)
2) To Covarde (7:28)

Side Two
1) Thuja (7:46)
2) Curare (9:42)

listen / buy

Mastered by Carlos Nascimento

Artwork by Sara Rafael

Edition of 75

CHIODATA - Dymensu - FEF31

Claudio Cisterna from Santiago has released a couple of fine tapes on Metaphysical Circuits under the name Jon Claudio. 

Chiodata is a new project that combines analogue and digital synthesis and editing in a style he defines as "baroque ambient".  The constantly shifting liquid palette of sounds reflects a multitude of points along the synth continuum, from 60s electroacoustic experimentation, to 70s Kosmische and the present day explorations of OPN.

Side One
1) Infliga Theoretical (4:13)
2) Croyances (4:32)
3) Cossiva (4:18)
4) Fidesea (4:44)

Side Two
1) The Gategua (2:28)
2) Autumnal (5:13)
3) Sagamor (3:42)
4) The Agalibu (5:11)

listen / buy

All tracks by Claudio Cisterna. 
Santiago, Chile 2012-2013

Edition of 75

Monday, August 11, 2014


Control Unit combine the volatile, spectrum-spanning vocals and synth of Silvia Kastel with the brutally focused extended techniques of guitarist Ninni Morgia. Though their style occasionally recalls Industrial and No Wave forebears such as Throbbing Gristle, Suicide and Mars, their spontaneity, urgency and sonic inventiveness place them firmly in the present. 

Of their LP The Fugitives Julian Cope wrote, "It’s like Catherine Deneuve dumped two cases of post-Repulsion psychiatric notes over Pere Ubu’s Dub Housing, lit the fuse and, ahem, stood well back". Besides such duo work, the pair have made collaborative records with Gary Smith, Factrix, Massimo, and Smegma's Ju Suk Reet Meate among others.

On Burn, the duo are joined by two alternating guest drummers for some of their most concise and direct material, enveloping you in grimy environments vivid with emotional tension and erotic distress. It's simultaneously always avant garde yet always rock'n'roll.

Side One
1) Real Close ~  (3.34)
2) Burn *  (6.58)
3) Not Now *  (5.21)

Side Two
1) Yes, Indeed ~ (4.40)
2) Sunrise *  (5.48) 
3) Domino ~  (6.53)

Control Unit are:

Silvia Kastel: voice, synth, slide whistle
Ninni Morgia: guitar, bass, percussion, slide whistle

with guests:

Marcello Magliocchi: drums & percussion on ~
Giorgio Maniglia: drums on *

Edition of 100.