Recommended by us on 6th March 2008.
all that was missing we never had in the world is the debut release from bleeding heart narrative, based in London, UK. Working with layered cellos, repeating piano melodies, hushed vocals and mutant textures of sound and noise, bleeding heart narrative has constructed a unique, haunting and compelling album.
Belying the often dense and complex composition, bleeding heart narrative is the work of sole composer, artist and producer Oliver Barrett. The sounds of doors slamming, chairs creaking, or fingers scraping against strings can sometimes be heard above the carefully arranged composition. This is a fundamental part of the recording process, and reflects the working method and aesthetic of bleeding heart narrative. An important essence of the record is the capturing of those elements of music that can not be planned in advance. To call them mistakes would be a misnomer, yet there is an appeal to the beauty and authenticity of musical ‘accidents’.
This album covers a broad spectrum of the sound of bleeding heart narrative, which is matched by the intricate and detailed artwork and packaging, all designed and drawn by the artist. Produced in a highly limited run of just 200 copies, each copy comes in a hand-assembled, individually numbered card-bound case, with a custom-designed foldout insert and a unique Polaroid photograph.
This release is the first on new label Tartaruga Records, also based in London, UK. Working closely with a select range of artists, this release marks the advent of a limited series, with four CDs due out in 2008. With a particular focus on the physicality of each release, Tartaruga believes that the changing nature of music production towards digital means of distribution, rather than signalling a decline in the appreciation of tangible artefacts, conversely strengthens the need to put more attention in to a physical release.
Initially available solely in this limited edition of 200 copies, digital versions will follow later. Each CD is packaged in a thick gatefold sleeve, constructed from 18pt recycled cardboard. This has been silkscreen printed, hand stamped, and sewn together. A similar level of attention has been put on the foldout insert, made from thick paper and card, and sewn together, complete with Polaroid photo.
02 as if yearning was all and more than enough
03 black glass
04 braids and a necklace
05 a nest
06 this is the world before this is
07 discovering abandoned houses
08 nothing is out in the yard
09 though your feet have left footprints
10 finding the door
11 lillian gish
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