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Artist: DIRECTING HAND
Title: Songs From The Red House
Format: LP
Label: Singing Knives
Country: UK
Price: $28.00
"Directing Hand began as a corollary to drummer/vocalist Alex Neilsons growing interest in the original folk music of the British Isles. Initially, the group was set to amplify the early experiments in form that he had undertaken as a founding member of the Scatter ensemble. But as the project grew, the connection between earlier modes and current praxis became increasingly circuitous, with Neilson joining the dots between seemingly mutually-aggressive musical strands such as dilated big-band improvisation ala Globe Unity Orchestra and Taj Mahal Travellers, the fractured experiments in time of The Shaggs and Henry Flynt & The Insurrectionists and the spontaneous vocal energies of Patty Waters and Charlie Feathers. The current Directing Hand line-up ⿿ consisting of Vinnie Blackwall on improvised vocals, cello, harp and harmonium and Neilson on drums and psaltry ⿿ represents the groups starkest incarnation to date. Blackwall is a classically trained vocalist, though she rarely makes a move that could be associated with any particular school. Sure, there are moments of tongue pressure that orbit the art trance of early Meredith Monk or Julie Tippetts work with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble circa One Two Albert Ayler but theres also a ton of mystery in the way that she seems to incorporate snatches of mellifluous choral and early music melodies in between full-body soundings and vegetable wordage. When you first catch it, its as shocking as an Australian in cut-offs, but as you surrender your brain to the glorious see-sawing command with which she pilots the furthest vectors of her body into sound, it seems to have the same connection to free jazz as the divine madrigal stylings of Dolly Collins on Anthems In Eden and Love, Death & The Lady had to the triumphal melodies of the Albert Ayler Orchestra. Neilsons playing detonates time by exploding any notion of accompaniment, response or precognition in favour of a profound simultaneity. Drummers have always been the revolutionary agents of musical change; switch up the beat and you reconfigure time, reconfigure time and you re-draw reality. In Neilsons playing there is truly no past or future, simply Now over and over. Just one movement of his hands and then the next. And in a historical/cultural moment as oppressively 4/4 as 2008, it feels like a fucking revolution. Just as the traditional readings are illuminated by the advanced application of vanguard, modernist aesthetics, the improvisations feel intuitively authentic and deeply volk-ish. For a tradition to go on living, sometimes it is necessary to kill it off completely. So, Directing Hand. On your knees, sir." - David Keenan. Limited to 250 with full colour artwork by Lavinia Blackwall.

Artist: MV & EE
Title: Meet Snake Pass & Other Human Conditions
Format: LP
Label: Singing Knives
Country: UK
Price: $28.00
"This limited edition, heavyweight vinyl document captures an improbable but precious moment in time. Matt Valentine and Erika Elder are prolific mainstays of the psychedelic underground - their releases as MV & EE and with The Bummer Road fuse noise, raga and Americana to trace out misty ley lines and forgotten pathways with languid intensity. Although this live set is far more stripped down than recent Ecstatic Peace records like Green Blues and Getting Gone, its wonderfully hushed quality only enhances the otherworldly resonance of their songs." -Chris Sharp, The Wire

Artist: NYOUKIS, DYLAN
Title: Carrion Hut
Format: LP
Label: Singing Knives
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
"Originally a CDR inside early editions of the Inside Wino Lodge LP (No Fun 2009), Carrion Hut is infused with prickly, invasive gurgles and rumblings. Lets turn over the snort-by-snort to Daniel Baker of The Quietus: "The Frosted Growth is an exercise in muddy barbarism; Nyoukiss non-verbal snarls, multitracked into a paranoid ooze that revels in its own ugliness ... [and] gleeful incantation[s] ... recall the genuinely unsettling soundtrack work of Blood Stereo collaborator and Fluxus-inspired multidisciplinary artist Ludo Mich.... [V]ocal manipulations and rackety anti-percussive creaks ... [and] a brutally realist approach to psychedelia through ritual" are "best captured on Late Night Vocal Gravy, a side-long experiment in the rendering of hallucination through sound in which Nyoukis patiently channels psychological dysfunction through bodily suffering and blurts it out into his tape deck.... Strange New Ache ... is a Kafkaesque whirligig.... Like an animalistic satire of a society that has gorged itself silly on everything from junk food to credit ratings, there is vulgarity in abundance on Carrion Hut, but that isnt even half the story." Screened jackets. Edition of 500." - Singing Knives.

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