Housed in a heavy stock, handcrafted 7″ x 5″ book-style case with download card for the album in high quality format. Edition of 150 copies!
‘Hymn Binding’ is the pair’s third album as From the Mouth of the Sun, and their first for US label, Lost Tribe Sound. The album is teeming with all the soul-stirring character one has come to expect from their work together. The long form crescendos built from Martin’s mournful strings and vast array of acoustic instrumentation are a perfect compliment to Rosenqvist’s delicate piano melodies, humming electronics, and waves of warm static.
At the core, From the Mouth of the Sun’s sound is comprised of cello, piano, acoustic guitars, lap steel, banjo, ukulele and pump organ. Yet with ‘Hymn Binding’ they’ve allowed those acoustic sources to change shape, at times turning them into something that more resembles synths or digitally rendered sounds. They do this, not as a means of disguising them, or really wanting them to sound like synths, but to bring out new layers from already existing timbres.
Presented in a jackdaw style format, this release charts the unsteady memories and shifting surroundings of protagonist Bill Plantagenet as he recovers from an alcoholic-fueled breakdown in the City Hospital. Based on Lowry’s own self admission to New York’s Bellevue in the 1930′s, our observations are presented through maps, photographs and postcards from the era, a sort of “psycho-geography”.
Paper stock used (quantities differ per jackdaw):
Cyclus Silk 300g: Soft white board. At least 50% recycled, FSC certified
Cyclus 160g: At least 50% recycled, FSC certified
Martello 250g: At least 50% recycled, FSC certified
Deluxe LP includes download code, 8 page booklet, 12″x12″ exclusive art print on recycled board from Alice Lewis, three small art prints, postcard.
‘Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite’ was recorded and mixed between Paris, Normandy (FR) and Saint-Margaret of Antioch Church in Leeds (UK), these four haunting orchestral pieces were performed in the studio live, and re-recorded using a ‘wall of sound’ process, adding the natural reverb of the church to the raw tracks.
The DVD includes the Super 8/16mm black&white film ‘As True As Troilus’ by Jayne Amara Ross & a bonus live performance shot by Alain Grodard & Rod Maurice during the ‘Festival des Nouveaux Arts Sacres’ at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris. You can watch a trailer for the film above.
Words on ‘As True As Troilus’ film by Nicole Brenez (curator for the Avant-Garde programs at the Cineématheèque Francaise)
The record is mastered by Brassica. Available in a limited run of 200 copies, the record features artwork screenprinted across the inner sleeve, and a 2-colour screenprinted card jacket, sewn edges and protected in a heavyweight PVC sleeve. Purchases of the vinyl also come with a free download code…
Woodsmoke is the debut release from Glottalstop.
Sourced almost entirely from a collection of tape recordings dating back 20 years, the two long-form tracks that make up this LP are an exercise in slowbuild tension, unsettling claustrophobia, and dense textural collage.
This distorted tape assemblage is tied together with additional improvised cello and electronics, never standing still, but letting each sound explore its full potential before moving on. In terms of reference points, the record perhaps harks back to the early tape work of Arthur Lipsett, or more recent offerings from Daniel Menche and the unclassifiable output of Akira Rabelais. But really we’re struggling for comparisons.
Woodsmoke, like the mysterious building depicted on the artwork, is out on its own, in the middle of the woods, and it’s getting dark…
Deluxe limited version of 100 copies comes in the form of a”faux-rigami” pop up book of sorts, each hand bound with unique antique book covers, and including hand printed/typed inserts, and pop up pages made from the oversized sheets from a 100 year old hand written ledger… all encased in a hand made/stamped black slip case. Insanely labor intensive! See attached pics please!…
Collaborative effort between the Russian trio Night Shift, and the main man behind Finnish band Ous Mal, Olli Aarni. An incredibly inventive sampledelic mash up of Russian folk melody, filmic referenced dialogue, field recordings and crushed and twisted electronic nuances, this cerebrally manipulative release is not one to be missed!
Night Shift and Olli Aarni have made a record that is dramatic and playful, is woozy with histories ,and sharp with awareness of its own strengths. Track it down while you can, highly recommended. – Fluid Radio