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23rd April 2014

Sonick Tarot Deck

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(image is Depression by Victoria Lincoln)

Four sides of vinyl, each containing one track. Yet this Father Murphy EP has 10 tracks in total… how so? Because each side has been intended to be played back simultaneously with another side of vinyl, or standalone, opening up a variety of aural combinations.

This is doubtless regarded as a gimmick by some.

But why be so cynical as to alienate yourself from magick? It’s a simple process, but one which engages the listener in a more involved capacity than just passively listening to music.

As bloggers, as DJs, promoters, and half-assed label owners that is all WE ever wanted to do.

If there’s any criticism of Father Murphy’s concept at all it’s simply that their collage work is so accomplished that any intervention is redundant at improving their sound. But ‘improving’ probably isn’t the point here – instead it’s like shuffling a sonic tarot deck, flinging out new and improbable pairings that prompt you to gaze hard into the juxtapositions for meaning.

Here is a sliver from that Pain is on Our Side Now EP:

Father Murphy – They Will All Fail You

It’s got to be worth buying that extravagant second turntable for!

While you’re at it, why not get a third turntable, and throw Diamanda Galás’ 1996 LP Schrei X into the mix as well?

Diamanda Galás - Cunt

Yeah. Now you’re talking.

What do you mean Schrei X was only ever issued on CD? That tiny little mirrored vinyl sounds just right grinding into the stylus…

Buy Pain is on Our Side Now via Bandcamp

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  1. hi, i think there’s something wrong :) 12 tracks with four sides of vinyl? math tells me there are 8 possible combinations, including the standalone tracks. if you have 2 copies of the record there will be 10 combinations. i think playing the same sides from different copies simultaneously will not count… but in that case, combinations will rise to 14. where does 12 comes from? :) good idea though, i’m curious to listen to it. tribes of neurot did something similar years ago. anyway, i love your posts, thanks!


    Yours sincerely

    andrea

    23rd April 2014


  2. Congratulations Andrea, you have passed our first test.

    You may now ascend to a higher plane of existence.

    (srsly, maths was never my strong point!!)


    Yours sincerely

    20jazzfunkgreats

    23rd April 2014


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22nd April 2014

Church of One

Featuring:

Auscultation

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We have spent the last few weeks transfixed, looking over the shoulder of the True Detectives as, in a tracking shot, they traverse a pantheon of vaguely glimpsed myths, many of which they growl into existence or proto-existence, either through allusion (the monster, the shoot-out, the break-in, that moment when things went bad), declaration or action (as if they were proselytes, preachers and crusaders of churches of one).

At the end of the journey, they themselves end up being the biggest myth of all, and that is the revelation, and that is the unexpectedly hopeful conclusion, which one could consider a ‘cop out’ or a way of confounding expectations re-set in the course of all that came before, the sacrifice of their own over-arching myth. Perhaps we are letting them off too easy.

We were satisfied, we weren’t satisfied. To be satisfied, we would have had to see the face of evil, which is always an anticlimax… except when you are looking into the mirror.

Places of evil are another matter, and of those we saw plenty. Even a dancefloor.

Auscultation – Rope 

The apocalypse happened, but no one noticed. They were too busy losing and finding themselves across the fractured iceberg-like landscapes of a banging techno party, drowning in the swampland of the collective super-being they summoned with their dancing.

If they had stopped to consider the situation for a moment, they would have realized that those electronic body beats were the echoes of the boots of armies and guerrillas marching right outside, as things went bad. The synthetic wailing, a blueprint for the language of an army of Bosch-like chimera bleeding into reality from a psychic world torn asunder, manifestations of a dream full of monsters.

Rope is included in  Auscultation’s CMXI. Go and get the rest here.

 

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18th April 2014

Quantum 4-track

Featuring:

Lewis

Lewis L'Amour

The Lewis album is one of those enduring limited press mysteries whose information vacuum begs 20JFG to fill it.  What is known is that Lewis isn’t the artists real name; he may/may not have been a stockbroker in the 80s; the album came out in 1983.  That’s about it.  The stockbroker pouring his cocaine soul into a an ethereal LP of love songs sounds like something we’d make up, therefore I’m buying it.

The wine bar at the edge of the universe vibe is in full effect throughout thanks to the minimal genius of placing synths over either a torch-song piano or folksy guitar.  It’s Nebraska if Nebraska existed at the loving intersection of human and machine consciousness.

I Thought the World is a love song hiding in plain sight.  Its piano and synth are plaintive in the way music for a lover can be but the lyrics, though right up front, are muttered in just such a way as to be mostly unintelligible. You wonder whether the yearning expressed is for a lover or simply the idea of love, just out of reach to the dislocated Lewis.

If Dean Stockwell had somehow managed to get David Lynch to direct the episode of Quantum Leap where Sam spends the whole time on a beach glimpsing all the lovers from all the leaps — this’d fit right in.

Lewis – I Thought The World of You

The mp3 above was taken from a rip of the original press of Lewis’s album L’Amour.  Light in the Attic are re-releasing this on vinyl on June 24th and you can pre-order it here.

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