Cabbalism by Nurse With Wound / Blind Cave Salamander

Vinyl LP £15.99 DPROMLP92

LP on United Dirter, now sold out at source last few copies have small spine splits.

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Cabbalism by Nurse With Wound / Blind Cave Salamander
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9/10 Mike 30 March 2012

Before I begin this review I have an embarrassing confession to make, and one I hoped never to have to reveal until I had rectified the situation. Sadly I now feel I must. I have never actually heard Nurse With Wound's seminal 'Soliloquy For Lilith'. I know, I know, I should have by now, but there's just so many records! Anyway, that puts me in a bit of a difficult situation when it comes to reviewing this record, since it's the product of BCS opening for NWW and reminding them of that album with their tones and consequently teaming up for a live re-interpretation of the classic work, captured on this here vinyl for posterity. Now I'm sure you see my problem...doesn't feel super professional reviewing this when I can't compare it to the source material and have no idea how direct the interpretation is, but at least I've come clean about it so you can bear that in mind when considering my opinions on this disc. As for personnel, we've got Steven Stapleton on guitar pedals, Colin Potter on electronics, Paul Beauchamp on electronics and musical saw, Julia Kent on cello and Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo on guitar and electric violin. What that means for us is a good 40 minutes or so of swelling, peaceful, sometimes awkward drones that are involving and dark without ever feeling overbearing or cold. There are melodies of sorts that drift by but nothing substantial enough to really feel like you've got a grip on the melodic direction of the piece. The saw and cello alongside the electronics give it an organic, post-apocalyptic sort of feel. It sounds detailed and clear and if I didn't know otherwise I'd never guess it was a live recording. A real minimal treat from some true masters of tone construction.




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