Vinyl LP £11.99 IDEAL117
LP on iDEAL Recordings. Edition of 500 copies.
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- YEAH by John Duncan & Jim O'Rourke
Veteran viscerally terrifying art sicko (look up his 1980 piece 'Blind Date' if you think that's hyperbole) John Duncan teams up with 'School of Rock' music consultant Jim O'Rourke here on an LP with two very different sides. It probably goes without saying that neither of these sides are exactly an easy listen.
On side A is a lengthy piece of droney soundscaping full of synthesized spook-throbs and scraping metallic drones and radio static and what sounds like field recordings of helicopters and drills and something that's probably not a ZX Spectrum loading cassette. It's slow-moving but pretty oppressive-sounding in places. They recorded it over three days in 1993 but O'Rourke only did the final mix last year.
On the other side is 'Stay Alive', which comes from a live performance in Tokyo last year where Duncan joined O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi and Joe Talia onstage for a lengthy improvisation. It begins in near silence with tinkling chimes and subtle hints of drone while Duncan hoarsely whispers the titular phrase. This whisper soon progresses to a snarling growl, increasing in intensity in a wild, possessed mantra while the other three progress from uncomfortable drones and rumbles to full on clatter'n'buzz free rock aggression. Bit hard work for me I'm afraid, when is Jim O'Rourke going to do another pop record?
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