Andrew Liles' new work stands in thrall of horror films, conjuring all things macabre at the same time. Horrific vocals are smeared through 'Wanton Wives, Monstrous Maidens and Wicked Witches', evoking a siren song leading us to unwanted shores. Strings and harp play out of tune with one another in a cursed, disorientating swirl. Some other scary things manifest, too, into a droning, queasy affair that protests for Halloween all year long.
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 05 December 2014
As my record player is being a git (who'd have one eh, bring on the digital revolution!) I have to review this from my bloodcurdled memories of Wednesday evening last and the two clips I can find on the internet spidersweb. This is a remarkable looking record. Pink and green splatter. Almost erotically beautiful. It's what I term as "one for Dusty", a phrase I'm sure will make my colleagues chuckle.
Andrew Liles is one of those wonderful old deviant types associated with all our other cherished British deviant types, the people who smell like 1000 year old bookshops and taxidermy fluids, wear round sunglasses and unusual leather millinery, sport alarmingly esoteric occult-y pendants, long grey crombies and re-claimed army surplus. Haha I bet he's not like that at all. My sides! Hey Ma, I did another cliché.
The music is seriously creaky old horror score avant-gardism of the madly unnerving variety. Fearful shards of synthesized menace, the spooky resonance of a stealthily plucked harp, the distant crash of gongs, the quiet yet terrifying mutterings of an oddly alluring foreign lady, ominous Hitchcockian violin...mad peals of laughter in the distance....creaking door sounds. Oh my word, this is like the best Halloween album ever released just in time for Christmas. Hey Joe! Timing, forget the timing.
There's certainly something here for the antique synth freaks amongst you all. It's just a bit scarier and more fucked up than your average bubbling autobahn ride. Liles is known to smear his recordings with what I call "fright-scapery", meaning he's an effects wizard and his records are all the more powerful, evocative and sonically effective for all his undeniable talent at conjuring up skin-crawling delight, delirium and terrors. Any time of the day. I'm reviewing this at 10am and the sky has turned the colour of a bruise outside and there are screeching bats pounding at my windows. Thanks Joe. have a nice weekend mate.
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