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Artist: SECRET BOYFRIEND
Title: Memory Care Unit
Format: LP
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
"Memory Care Unit is a long-form offering of poignant, isolationist machine music from Secret Boyfriend. Eschewing the cryptic and compact song-sketches that characterized his 2013 LP This Is Always Where Youve Lived (BLACKEST 023LP), Ryan Martin instead guides listeners through vast interior topographies and nerve-damaged ambiences that comfort and deceive like memory itself. Beginning with "The Singing Bile" -- minimal synth submerged and subjected to an almost oceanic pressure -- the tracks are mostly crude, extended live improvisations, recorded straight to tape. Martins loose intention was to subtract himself from proceedings and "let the music play itself," but the erasure is not quite complete; on the contrary, each piece feels distinctly authored, and charged with personal significance. The atrophying loops of "Memorize Them Well" broach the elegiac grandeur of Gas and William Basinski, while "Paean delle Palme" summons E.A.R., Af Ursin, and the clammy, opioid exoticism of :zoviet*france:*s Just an Illusion. The album is largely instrumental, but there are two weighty exceptions: the sprawling, drumbox-driven space blues of "Little Jammy Centre" and the guileless yearning of "Stripping At The Nail." This is electronic pop undressed, unraveled, and mapped onto the infinite wave. Expansive and enveloping, Memory Care Units offering of comfort and refuge is difficult to resist. But this amniotic idyll is frayed and haunted at its edges, and ultimately treacherous. The return to innocence it promises may be possible, but the price is separation, alienation, and loss. Housed in full-color reverse-board sleeve with printed inner sleeve. Includes MP3/FLAC download code." - Blackest Ever Black.

Artist: SECRET BOYFRIEND
Title: This Is Always Where Youve Lived
Format: LP
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
"Blackest Ever Blacks last release of 2013 comes from Secret Boyfriend, the solo project of North Carolinas Ryan Martin, who is also one-half of Boyzone and founder of the Hot Releases label -- a catholic endeavor that has seen him release records from the cream of the contemporary N.C. underground as well as reissuing classic sides by the likes of Maurizio Bianchi, Ghedalia Tazartes, and Ashrae Fax. To date, Secret Boyfriends presence has been felt largely in the shape of live performances and short-run cassette releases (including Carved at Birth, Furnishing the Void, and Skin on the Clock), as well as vinyl splits with Russian Tsarlag and Horaflora. This Is Always Where Youve Lived is SBs first LP release and unquestionably his most potent, fully-realized work to date. Twelve songs from under the floorboards: a heart-rending but hard-edged synthesis of downer folk, tape experiments, noise etudes, and basement-mildewed pop for edgeland fuck-ups, loners, and wanderers; recommended if you like Peter Jeffries, Flaming Tunes, Storm Bugs, etc. Arguably comes closer than any previous BEB release to articulating the "mesmerized suburban daydreams of our youth." Vinyl cut by Noel Summerville and housed in a full-color picture sleeve with printed insert." - Black Ever Black.

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