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.
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Limited edition chrome C60 cassette on Cataclyst in handmade/ hand printed and stamped recycled board slipcase. Edition of 30 copies.
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I saved this for last because I kinda know the guy who made it and I also know the other lad who puts out this crazy shit on his mad-as-lorries electronic label, Cataclyst. I knew it would be an arresting, engaging listen for sure so didn't want to follow it with, say, SBTRKT and completely shit my day out of the window.
Chuch last released a CDr in 2009 which our old scribe Brett was particularly impressed with. This enigmatic chap from N. Wales is also one half of ace psychedelic noise duo Spill with Zydol. It's OK if this information distresses and confuses you due to its hopelessly esoteric nature. My head is full of this crap. Just be thankful yours isn't.
This 8 tracker kicks off with the sound of a gaggle of murderous ducks flying through a muddied gibbering, pulsing electronic nightmare before it begins giving way to a superb psychedelic squall of processed guitar regret. 'Crepuscule' is one of my favourite words. This second track begins with a emotive submerged bass motif fighting for its life through some whooshing granular murk which evolves into a throbbing low-end tumult, gradually revealing alarming cosmic noise fissures that bend and flex with abandon. 'Rise to Power' offers up foreboding dubby post-rock textures that are poised to thrill.
Later 'Field Hospital' brings forth sinister ebbing and flowing dark ambient textures, 'Outskirts' works its rustic magic with desolate cycles of morphing high scree and alternately low grumbling timbres, these mingling tragically over rolling static glitches much like Philip Jeck's grimier material.
'Viper's Nest' is a nice surprise that straddles post-rock and industrial camps recalling, say, the wistful sadness of a dislocated Jesu lullaby before going total DIY blackmetalthrashpsych sludge maelstrom before returning to the lugubrious atmosphere-drenched shimmer and delay, sans vocals. It's nice to hear Jim's voice early on here, for that is his name and that is him tentatively singing words. I've blown it now. The enigma is crushed.
Highly involving stuff all round, there's a tiny amount of these, as you can see in the image they're all hand printed with love and there's only 30. His last CDr was a 100 copies and that sold out quick so don't piss about yo.
10/10 Ted Brunning Customer review, 20th October 2014
This was an amazing release. It started out with noisy filtered sounds and then developed into narrative goodness. My mum hated it, according to Henry Rollins must be good then eh!
It kept me alive during the early autumn and I hope to find more and more joy from it.
If you like soundscapes, noise, guitar, and seamlessly flowing albums of all of those kinds, you'll like this.
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