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Ltd LP on Alter. Edition of 300 copies.
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Despite the fact that I seem to devote most of my existence to the pursuit, consumption and very occasional creation of sound; not just as a profession but as a way of life, Cremation Lily has until this point managed to completely evade my radar. I try and be on the ball but the “noise” underground is vast and it is virtually impossible to keep up on everything. Gratitude is therefore due to Luke Younger aka Helm and the CEO at Alter Enterprises for exemplary A&R work in picking up Z.Zsigo for the ‘Fires Frame the Silhouette’ LP released on Luke's fine record label; thus introducing me to someone who's work I probably would have otherwise slept on. That lad has his ears to the (under)ground.
A quick peek on Discogs and I discover Cremation Lily has done a shitload of tapes and this particular release was one day in fact one of said tapes, released on his own Strange Rules label back in 2011. Listening now it’s not difficult to comprehend why this deserves to be committed to vinyl and hopefully shared with more ears 3 years down the line. The original material has apparently been reworked somewhat for this LP, which incidentally is a pressing of 300 copies.
Think of Prurient / Phillip Best style vocals, the strange tape work of Graham Lambkin and Jason Lescalleet, Chris Watson’s Hydrophone recordings, Aaron Dilloway chain rattling tape junk, the churning noise of Daniel Menche and some lush Vatican Shadow-esque synth work acting as more ethereal counterpoint to the power electronics. Then try to imagine those components all mangled up and melted down to form a new record and the result would be something like ‘Fires Frame the Silhouette’. However despite these lazy comparisons/ references, Mister Z.Zsigo’s sound has more going for it than merely a sum of its (possibly) influenced parts. There’s a real depth to the overall multi-layered sound and an ambiguous ideology at work here, which at this point I’m yet to fully understand making it all that more intriguing. It’s actualy a really sad and lonely sounding piece of work in many ways and I often get the vibe that a lot of the creative process is pure catharsis; born of frustration.
Two thumbs up for sure and if I had a third thumb by some cruel or possibly even advantageous physical deformity I‘d stick that extra one up too. As Frank Carson would say “It’s a cracker!”.
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