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Chuch Vinyl, CD & tapes by Chuch at Norman Records

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Debut by Onus presenting six tunes honed from baritone guitar, bass and drums, each hosting intricate, chorus-sung narratives from vague and seemingly remote space-time locations. The music is dark-toned and downbeat; with descending arpeggios and sparse cyclical riffs a-plenty, interlocking with skeletal drums to provide lean bones for nebulous melodies and scuffed harmonies to take hold. Lyrically, the album opens up snapshots of rewilded outskirts, ritual humiliation, generational rifts and dispossessions; mining deep veins of residual cultural memory vivid enough to feel like premonitions. Lighter relief is to be had with more abstract grapplings with mapping the unknowable and framing a response to divine silence. Limited to a measly 50 cassettes with lino-print sleeves, each including a download code.

Wander & Seethe

Chuch is the solo project of Anglesey based artist, Jim Knight, who has been making uncategorizable guitar based music since 2008, with tracks featured on Fourier Transform’s ‘Brave New Wales’ compilation, a CD (‘Facelessness’) on Twilight Luggage and a string of digital releases with Warm Data, a North Wales based electronic music collective. Using a bass VI guitar through labyrinthine FX and a wall of amplifiers, Jim builds up layers of loops to create immersive, linear soundscapes and songs, occasionally augmented by drums and vocals. Chuch music incorporates elements and processes of abstract electronica, experimental rock, the extended techniques of free improvisation and atmospheric textures of Lofi Black Metal, all combined intuitively to create an original soundworld that eludes genre. The 8 tracks for this cassette were recorded at home in a bungalow overlooking the Irish Sea between May 2011 and October 2013.BludspurtHaemorrhaging feedback loop and rhythmic pulse spasms ebbing into sublimity.CrepusculeEvocation of the fleeting moment of liminality that occurs at dusk when the weight of darkness becomes palpable as it descends and merges with the light.The Rise To PowerA parallel excursion in which the upper registers, representing public respectability, trawl a nourishing root mired in an underworld of corruption and squalor – momentarily flowering as a sensation of moral aloofness and illusory immortality.Soul Ship MasterAlternative funerary rites.Field HospitalMixing heroism with horror.OutskirtsTransience, anonymity and boring ugliness.Vipers’ NestThe more I perceive this term as apt to characterise the lurking, malign intent of the various social networks I encounter, the more like the rest of the vipers I become.Space Engrossing RejectSome of the most aggressive and oppressively hierarchical empires of humanity drew their initial impulse from the aggrievement of outcasts and deserters.