The follow up EP to Yes Blythe's Debut album 'Keep The Faith' first saw the light of day as a short run cassette release on the Gnod tape imprint Tesla Tapes. 'Initiate Screen Prevails' is finally being given a vinyl release on Sacred Tapes.
Not only the first Vinyl release for the label, kicking off an offshoot SAC-R series, but also a first vinyl release for the artist.This 30 minute EP ranges from subtle layered field recordings to intense crushing noise created with depth and detail.
The record comes packaged with printed fabric insert and risograph'd recycled card info sheet.
Initially released as a limited run cassette on Tesla Tapes.
All tracks written and recorded by Callum Higgins. Piano on Travel Nerves To Freedom written and performed by Callum Higgins, recorded by Michael Seal at Robert Arato studio in Ibiza.
Mastered by Stephen Bishop (Basic House, Opal Tapes).
A. Travels Nerves to Freedom
B. At Labyrinth Borne-Sun
8/10 Mike Staff review, 14 August 2014
Here's an 30-minute EP which initially came out on cassette on Gnod's Tesla Tapes but has been deemed vinyl-worthy and is now available on wax courtesy of Sacred Tapes. Sound like Gnod it does not, however. This 12" contains two lengthy passages of largely field recording-based ambience which has a similar kind of feverish claustrophobic cut'n'splice feel to Set Fire To Flames or Nurse With Wound.
'Travels Nerves To Freedom' opens with lots of looped water sounds that made me feel like I needed a wee, which then recede into more urban sounds with cars driving past and some sort of muffled public announcement which is then joined by a sad little piano progression before fading out to leave the piano ringing out on its own. Then things get eerier with some throbbing feedback swells and run-out groove crackle and heavily reverbed booming sounds and a slowly growing static hiss, eventually joined by a sad, slightly distorted progression of droning chords that give the nightmarish soundscape a strangely meditative and spiritual touch.
The B side is pretty different, not so much of an epic multi-movement journey as a slowly mounting loopscape of crunching, crackling noise. It's dark and psychedelic and focuses around grindingly repeated, densely detailed layers of microrhythms without any melodic distractions. It's quite full-on once it gets going. Very interesting 12" all round.
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