The second full-length album from Bleeding Heart Narrative released through Tartaruga Records…
Fans of the first album (the first release on Tartaruga, back in March 2008) will have an idea of what to expect, though the album presents itself as a development of the sounds and ideas that made ‘all that was missing we never had in the world’ such a word-of-mouth favourite.
More song-structured than the previous release, there is a much clearer vocal presence on the record, as heard in the free track Colours Turn Colours. The approach of Bleeding Heart Narrative continues to show a fascination with sounds and textures, and a willingness to experiment with a wide array of instrumentation. Organ, 12-string guitar, electronics, cello and piano all play a part, though there is a strong coherence to the album as a whole that is unmistakenably Bleeding Heart Narrative.
This album is available in a wider release than previous Tartaruga records, and should be available in a few more stores around the country. However, sticking with tradition, 200 of the copies are extra-limited-edition, featuring sewn sleeves, hand-numbered, and with an extra two-colour foldout screenprint enclosed.
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I first came across Marihiko Hara’s work in 2007, with his ‘Cesura’ release on the excellent Italian net-label – Zymogen. It really drew me in more than most other work that was doing the rounds at the same time. It had the sort of organic details and attention to beautiful subtle developments that I had only really heard in offthesky and Nicolas Bernier before (both label mates on Zymogen I should add). It became my soundtrack to that year and an album I returned to almost daily during the winter months. After this I followed Marihiko’s work carefully, from his rather fantastic 2009 ‘Icon’ release on Cotton Goods to his recent ‘Prosa’ collaboration with Tomas Phillips on Tench Records.
Inside the book: 36-pages from Internet monsters Everything Is Terrible!; interviews with musician Robert Scott (the Clean, the Bats) and writer Amelia Gray; music profiles of S. Fla’s finest, The Jacuzzi Boys, and UK ’90s cult band Disco Inferno; fiction by Stacey Levine; photographs by Ted Barron and Gracie Remington; art by Saul Chernick, Pavel Tchelitchew, Cassie Ramone, Ilyas Ahmed.