Thursday, January 17, 2013

ORDNANCE / SPERMICIDAL - FEF12 - SOLD OUT


This split release showcases two new projects featuring members of Irish doom band Wreck of the Hesperus. 

Ordnance is a duo of Andrew Cunningham and Cathal Rodgers. While the sound bears some of the murky hallmarks of WOTH, this project is influenced by the underground black metal of Ride for Revenge and Beherit. And whereas Raymond Keenaghan's liquid drumming is a signature aspect of the parent band, here it's replaced with a pounding, martial drum machine. The atmosphere is one of crushing negativity and sardonic contempt, with serpentine riffs that seem to mock any semblance of hope.

Fans of Rodgers' drone and noise work might not be surprised to learn that solo project Spermicidal is a further step away from familiar territory. The drum machine remains but recognisable riffs are largely replaced with searing sheets of atonal guitar noise. In the absence of  landmarks, the listener is left stranded in a disorientating landscape of hissed, liminal vocals and frigid atmospheres. Reaching the end of this side is akin to awaking from a nightmare, unable to recall specifics but left with a feeling of profound unease. 

Fort Evil Fruit accepts no responsibility for any existential distress or damage to sanity resulting from exposure to these recordings. You are alone in an indifferent universe. 

ORDNANCE

1. Millstone Cosmos I (4.28) / 2. Millstone Cosmos II  (5.28)
3. Cold Corners, Warm Blood I  (4.52)  / 
4. Cold Corners, Warm Blood II   (7.27)

Written and recorded by AC & CR


SPERMICIDAL

1. Maggots   (3.20) / 2. Slime  (2.53) / 
3. Defragmentation   (13.03)   / 4. Leeching   (4.14)

Music and lyrics by Spermicidal
Recorded and mixed by Cathal Rodgers in the Banagher Caves May - November 2012

Cover art by Sophie Penrose

Numbered edition of 100. Includes download code.

MEITHEAL - Early in the Spring, Late in the Fall - FEF11 - SOLD OUT


Mike Gangloff is best known as a member of drone improvisers Pelt and Spiral Joy Band, as well as Appalachian old-time outfit The Black Twig Pickers. In March of last year he performed at one of Vicky Langan's Black Sun events in Cork, alongside David Colohan's Raising Holy Sparks, and the Cork Sacred Harp Singers, with which Langan is  involved. The three musicians played a short piece together to close the show. The trio, now named Meitheal, reconvened to appear at Newcastle's Tusk Festival in October.

The material here is largely culled from the Sacred Harp tradition, with vocals backed by Gangloff and Langan's twin fiddles and Colohan's harmonium and shruti box drones. On the Tusk recording, each member sings lead in turn (culminating in what may be Colohan's finest recorded vocal to date). The unadorned, unaffected approach allows the musicians' characters, and the traditions that shaped them, to shine through. In this way the music effortlessly reunites the folk traditions of Ireland and the Southern United States, while being informed by the hillbilly drone of Henry Flynt. Songs that date from as far back as the 19th century are placed in an unusual yet sympathetic context, retaining their directness and emotional power. 

This release consists of both the Cork and Newcastle sets, as well as a rehearsal prior to the latter, and so contains Meitheal's entire recorded work to date. 

1/1. Sacred Harp 159 (Wondrous Love) / Interlude (Wild Goose Chase / Remember & Do Pray For Me) / Sacred Harp 117 (Babylon is Fallen)   (16.49)
2/1. Greeting the Solar Storm (7.53) video
2/2. Sacred Harp 159 (Wondrous Love) (5.47)

Mike Gangloff - voice & fiddle 
Vicky Langan - voice & fiddle 
David Colohan - voice, harmonium & shruti box 

1.1: Recorded by Sam Grant, October 6th 2012 at the Tusk Festival in The Star & Shadow, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. 
2.1: Recorded March 8th 2012 at Black Sun in Plugd, Cork, Ireland during a solar storm. 
2.2: Recorded October 6th 2012 during rehearsals for the Tusk set. 

Artwork by David Colohan. 
Pan illustration from 1920 songbook of "The Quaker Singer", David Bispham. 
Thanks to Lee Etherington (Tusk), Sam Grant and Carapace.

Numbered edition of 100. Includes download code.