10" £8.49 BLACKEST025
Ltd 10" on Blackest Ever Black. Edition of 500 copies.
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Blackest Ever Black always put out reliably interesting records and I'm always happy to see they've got a new one out. This week's offering is this 10" single from Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards, about whom I know nothing. It is described in the press release as "Two elegies in dub: for the once great city of New York, and for one of its most celebrated sons."
I'm having trouble figuring out which side is which here but the one I've decided is side A, 'Thus They Sang In The Golden Age', is a brooding bit of dark ambience filled with subway sounds, lots of ominous drones and drips and creaks, but also some slow-drifting Forest Swords-esque melodies. It's got a muddy womby feel which is contrasted with some bright and present electric buzzes...twitchy, paranoid dub noir.
Side B's track is called 'Up To The Skies'. I presume we are to deduce that this is an elegy to Charlie "Bird" Parker. It's completely different to the other side - a patient bit of saxophone parping steeped in dub echo. It's all based around playing tiny little details and then allowing them to repeat a few times before doing something subtly different, with a couple of tiny moments towards the end where clarinet and then piano are added as if it's threatening to turn into some kind of classic big band jazz before the echoes swamp all musicality and it falls back to the original conceit. Cool single.
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