Experimental sample-based soundtrack by Abigail Rosa Ghimp. Recorded around 2000, and released at the time only on a small number of cassettes, this album almost never saw the light of day. Then, tragically, Gail Ghimp died of a heart attack in 2012 at the age of just 30, and these unique recordings were finally unearthed. The original vibe has been preserved by releasing this on cassette, just how it was intended. Limited to just 60 copies.
Ltd tape on Soft Corridor. Edition of 60 copies.
The story behind this tape isn't a particularly happy one. Gail Ghimp was born in London in July 1982 and died of a heart attack 30 years later in 2012, but when she was a teenager she made a few curious experimental tapes which found their way around various labels. Nobody released her work and she seems to have moved on from the phase.
Cut to a few months ago, the folks at Soft Corridor stumbled across the weird obscurity that is 'Fire/Failure' at a garage sale hosted by an ex-record store owner and liked it so much that they decided to pay tribute to the late artist by re-issuing it in the same analogue format for which it had been made.
There are 12 tracks here of beguiling sample-based loopscapes apparently incorporating distorted African cassettes found in her family's house, makes for a curious and ghostly listen, strangely modern in the context of all the sampledelica and hauntologicisms that are doing the rounds, sounds are sped up and slowed down and distorted and layered and blurred into an ethereal sludge that flickers and bumps and drifts in all sorts of unexpected directions. All in all it's a compelling and mysterious listen with a subtlety and maturity that you really wouldn't expect of a teenager.
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