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Artist: NORTH SEA
Title: Tacazze Sunbirds
Format: LP
Label: Crazy Iris
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"An epic new missive from the ever-prolific Brad Rose under his increasingly less prolific North Sea moniker, Tacazze Sunbird comes to us via the somewhat mysterious Crazy Iris label (who are responsible for issuing a superlative KPLR record a couple years ago), and is unique in his repertoire as its comprised of two side-length pieces and focuses on the harsher end of the sound spectrum. Opener Suicide Spin is as bleak as the title implies, with seething electronic drones set against negative space and otherworldly oscillations. Over Under is even more punishing and stark, with a caustic cycling tone beginning the side slowly evolving into a miasma of crumbling noise. This is the bleakest and most noise-oriented material Ive heard from Brad to date, and its also some of his strongest. Brad recently told me that he was finally putting the North Sea to bed, and if this is that projects swan song, its one hell of an exit." - Alex Cobb, Experimedia. Limited to 250 copies; silkscreened covers.

Artist: NORTH SEA
Title: Clean White Beds
Format: Cass
Label: Period Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
Numbered edition of 46.

Artist: NORTH SEA
Title: Grandeur & Weakness
Format: LP
Label: Rubber City Noise
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"The final album from Brad Roses The North Sea, a project that has traversed a wide range of phenomenal sound territories, and it is an sublimely uncanny farewell from one of experimental musics most ambitious names. Rose(best known as the polymath mastermind behind Digitalis and scores of projects) oversees an assemblage of sound sources evoking the history of electric music. From synthesizer soundscapes that seek to reconcile the limits of timbre to concrete sampling and collage, G&W plays a crash course in sonic evocation. Clearly in control of The North Sea sound, Rose notes that he has never spent more time on any solo project than on this record, and this is apparent throughout the scale of sound and emotion of G&W. Theres a sense of the uncanny, a mysterious unsettling, throughout the album and this is directly attributable toG&Ws aesthetic basis in Franz Fanons The Wretched of the Earth, African percussion, and progressive drone." - Rubber City Noise.

Artist: NORTH SEA
Title: Bloodlines
Format: LP
Label: Type
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Brad Rose is an artist who is notoriously hard to pigeonhole. He might spend his days running the esteemed Digitalis imprint (sidelining the wonderful Foxy Digitalis webzine) but his nights are wiled away chiseling at the petrified corpse of experimental music. Donating sounds to Ajilvsga, Altar Eagle, Sea Zombies and Ossining (among many, many others), he has somehow found time to fashion a new solo work for Type, and it could hardly be further removed from his last outing. Bloodlines is an album rooted in synthesis -- the kind of busted power electronics that emerged in the early 80s with Ramleh, Throbbing Gristle and Whitehouse. This is not, however, simply a noise album -- Brad has anchored his sound in this explorative mode, but uses his expertise to take it far beyond murk, grit and fractured teeth. With the help of Zelienople drummer Mike Weis (who accompanies the entire record on percussion) the record is a gloriously spacious excursion, with the fizzing Radiophonic blips, drones and tones set against gongs, scrapes and clanks. The sounds are dark and often punishing -- torturous and occasionally frightening, but Brad somehow manages to offset it with an occasional flourish of beauty or calm. The record is cut into two distinct acts (split lovingly for vinyl listening) and each "song" blends into the next, giving a true album experience. Bloodlines is not a simple collection of pieces, but a distinct narrative from beginning to end. As it tumbles from 50s sci-fi synth tones into haunting off-world terror, there is a sense of purpose and most of all, place. Brad has created a record that might not be an easy listening experience, but is one which grows on every successive play. It is truly deep and intensely troubling music." - Type.

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