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Artist: F INGERS
Title: Awkwardly Blissing Out
Format: LP
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Recorded in Melbourne and Berlin between 2015-17 by Samuel Karmel, Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek, Awkwardly Blissing Outs title is instructive... the spiky eldritch song-spells of F ingers previous album Hide Before Dinner (BLACKEST 044LP, 2015) have become more dubwise, immersive, and potently psychedelic; Euphoric even, but paranoid and laden with self-doubt. Projecting onto strangers, watching not participating, turning ever inwards. The cosmos explored from behind closed doors, under the bedclothes, alone. Whereas Hide Before Dinner evoked the thrill, and casual cruelty, of unsupervised childhood summers -- a suburban gothic of grazed knees, hide-and-seek, nettle-stings -- Awkwardly Blissing Out is an album of more adult anxieties and metamorphoses. The ghouls in your neighbors garden are still there, but have come to represent something else, something more mundane and empirically real, but no less terrifying. Struggles with time, distance, isolation, communication, and commitment; your memories have a heaviness now. You can hear aspects of ferric post-punk and hauntological/DIY electronics in Awkwardly Blissing Outs musical make-up... Flying Lizards Secret Dub Life (1995) or Brigitte Fontaines Comme À La Radio (1969)... not to mention two generations of Oz/NZ underground experimentation, introspection, and dereliction. Now, more than ever, F ingers highly evolved, but naturalistic sound-world is difficult to precisely place or unpick: a mildew-y drug-dazed dub-scape, teeming but minimalism, framed by lonesome guitar strums, Maneks supple percussive reverberating basslines, and Karmels painterly synth washes, over which dal Forno exploits her voice for its pure tonal character -- whether diffracting light across the loping, uncanny techno rhythms of "All Rolled Up" and the waterlogged psych-folk of "Off Silently", or sliced and looped into disorienting patterns of abstract glossolalia on "Time Passes" and the time-dilating nine-minute title track. Awkwardly Blissing Out is a landmark recording from one of the Southern hemispheres most extraordinary, visionary freak units; a deep and sensuous trip that nonetheless prompts some uncomfortable -- or at any rate, bittersweet -- reflection on what we are, what we were, and what we might have been." - Blackest Ever Black.

Artist: F INGERS
Title: Hide Before Dinner
Format: LP
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
“Hide Before Dinner is an extraordinary LP from a group comprising Carla dal Forno (Tarcar), Samuel Karmel, and Tarquin Manek (Tarcar,LST). Deeply drugged, synth-daubed death-folk and DIY electronics of the highest order; acutely psychedelic, inscrutable but emotional, sunken but prone to soaring, with flashes of horror too. Beautifully conjures the mirth and murk of childhood summers... a relatable surburban gothic... grazed knees, hide-and-seek, nettle-stings. Trampled flowerbeds and failing light. Ghouls in your neighbors garden. Think Nico meets Dome or Alison Statton wandering The Pickle Factory after dark. If you dream you die, you die. Cover art by dal Forno and Manek. Layout assistance by Oliver Smith. Cut by Noel Summerville and pressed at Optimal. Housed in full-color gloss sleeve with printed inner sleeve and download code.” - Blackest Ever Black.

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