Monday, August 11, 2014

CONTROL UNIT - Burn - FEF30 - SOLD OUT

Control Unit combine the volatile, spectrum-spanning vocals and synth of Silvia Kastel with the brutally focused extended techniques of guitarist Ninni Morgia. Though their style occasionally recalls Industrial and No Wave forebears such as Throbbing Gristle, Suicide and Mars, their spontaneity, urgency and sonic inventiveness place them firmly in the present. 

Of their LP The Fugitives Julian Cope wrote, "It’s like Catherine Deneuve dumped two cases of post-Repulsion psychiatric notes over Pere Ubu’s Dub Housing, lit the fuse and, ahem, stood well back". Besides such duo work, the pair have made collaborative records with Gary Smith, Factrix, Massimo, and Smegma's Ju Suk Reet Meate among others.

On Burn, the duo are joined by two alternating guest drummers for some of their most concise and direct material, enveloping you in grimy environments vivid with emotional tension and erotic distress. It's simultaneously always avant garde yet always rock'n'roll.

Side One
1) Real Close ~  (3.34)
2) Burn *  (6.58)
3) Not Now *  (5.21)

Side Two
1) Yes, Indeed ~ (4.40)
2) Sunrise *  (5.48) 
3) Domino ~  (6.53)


Control Unit are:

Silvia Kastel: voice, synth, slide whistle
Ninni Morgia: guitar, bass, percussion, slide whistle

with guests:

Marcello Magliocchi: drums & percussion on ~
Giorgio Maniglia: drums on *

Edition of 100.

AMANDA FEERY - Spells from the Ice Age - FEF29 - SOLD OUT

Amanda Feery is a composer based in Ireland and the U.S. who writes for acoustic and electroacoustic ensembles, and has a particular interest in exploring vocal and folk elements. This collection of piano improvisations is her first release. In her own words:

"The improvisations on Spells from the Ice Age began from nothing - a blank canvas starved of any preconceived ideas. The idea was to work with blind intuition. I envisioned each improvisation as a performance, with an audience there with me. That way, I couldn't stop the recording if I thought the performance had errors, or lacked direction. I 'composed' against the minute hand on the wall, trying to sculpt a complete form through repetition, variation, and silence (whilst I panicked about where to go next!). I get a strange amnesiac effect when I listen back to the recordings. It's like somebody else played them".

Side One
1) Butterbean   (9:31)
2) Nocturne for the Old Raver  (7:58)
3) Scrabble You  (7:51)

Side Two
1) Tilted Slightly Out of True  (12:24)
2) The Immunity Room  (13:37)


Performed and recorded by Amanda Feery 

Mastered by Dunk Murphy 
Artwork by Barry Quinn 

Edition of 100.

THE STATE PATHOLOGIST DR. JOHN HARBISON - Veins of the Earth - FEF28 - SOLD OUT

"The State Pathologist Dr. John Harbison" is a familiar moniker to anyone who followed Irish news from the 1970s on. Less well known is the short-lived death metal trio that appropriated the name, featuring guitarist Andy Cunningham (who subsequently formed Wreck of the Hesperus and more recently Malthusian), drummer Niall O'Reilly (later of Haieeta) and mysterious bassist Bren. This 2002 demo was the bands only recording and still sounds impressive, full of memorable riffs and strong drumming. As it was only briefly available in physical form, we thought it worthwhile to revive the old cadaver for those of a morbid bent, with appropriately grisly new Cunningham cover art. Edition of 50.

Note: the only available audio sources of this material (particularly the second side) were less than optimum. However, mastering by John O'Brien of Irish Metal Archive yielded listenably lo-fi results. Check out his site for more Irish metal obscurities.

Side One
Veins of the Earth / Going Down (5:59)

Side Two
Prey to God (2:56)
Jungle Rot (3:21)


Guitar/Vox: Andy Cunningham 
Bass/Vox: Bren 
Drums/Percussion: Niall O’Reilly 

Recorded & originally released in 2002 

Track 1 also appeared on the Underground Movement 
comilation CD “InToxicated... Vol. 2” in 2003 

Audio exhumed & emblamed by John O’Brien in 2014