Handcrafted 7″x 5″ Case & Glass Mastered CD / Limited to 150 Hand-numbered Editions / Download code
‘Psalms for the Sunder’ thrives in opposing extremes. As the title suggests, ‘Psalms for the Sunder’ is a study of downfall and collapse. The work explores the boundaries, the desolation and despair, among the edges of things come undone. In that tension and space it finds not only cacophony, violence and decay, but also bittersweetness and calm.
If all this sounds a bit intense, you may do well to just have a listen or duck out now. As this is not the safe path to Yo-Yo-Ma style laments, gracefully pondering some past love affair. ‘Psalms…’ takes a far more rugged approach, an ugly retelling of the human condition, utilizing the cello not only for its beauty, but also for its aggressively commanding sensibilities.
Deluxe version comes in an edition of 100 copies. Each of these is comprised of a hinged, modified/collaged/printed 5″ reel to reel tape box. The cut out lid is collaged with pages from a 100 year old book on Lepidoptera, with the cut out forming a sort of an ancient and tattered specimen box, and revealing a two sided, quadra folded 5″ x 19″ print. Printed on Moab rag natural 300# paper, one side is printed from a detailed 3 dimensional scan, and the other is stamped with butterflies, each hand colored with leaves and flowers. In the box and beneath the print, comes the factory pressed disc in picture sleeve, and a hand numbered textual insert, all on a bed of mounting material…
CD release with a limited edition, 50 page book complete with beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery, processes and personnel. The book also encompasses an audio cookbook with recipes for you to create your own experimental audio loops and soups.
The culmination of a year’s worth of sound experiments with machines of a bygone era, The Otolith Sessions sees Elsie Martins ‘Atom Eye’ project realise it’s most ambitious and complete work to date.
A meticulously programmed full length as opposed to a collection of tracks the album develops and unfolds with a palpable sense of purpose and adventure over the albums six storied compositions. The visceral nature of the beautiful but abstruse music is no fluke but a deliberate result of the unhurried nature of the albums writing and production process.
The Otolith Sessions was mixed & co-produced by James Aparicio (Liars, Spiritualized) and features guest appearances from regular collaborators; award-winning percussionist Pete Lockett (Björk, David Holmes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream) and Mute Artist, Composer and Producer Simon Fisher Turner (whose work includes soundtracks for Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio, The Last of England, The Garden and David Lynch-produced Nadja).
The CD (Not a CD-R) (Limited Edition of 100) comes housed in a hand-aged linen cloth bound book. The linen cover is backed with archival mulberry paper and bound over high quality and heavyweight archival book board. Cover art is printed to canvas and stitched. The interior is lined with hand made banana bark paper, lokta and mulberry paper. Each limited edition is hand numbered…
Through the hypnotic fog that is the music of Cock and Swan lurks a strange energy, feeling one part sinister and two parts innocent. Yet, it reveals itself in subtle uneasy layers of blissfully haunting melodies as you clamber further into the dank outlands that entrench their sound.