Besides one compilation this was the first full release by someone other than myself (Antony Milton) on PseudoArcana. I had been a fan of Simon's for some time and wrote to him, somewhat nervously, and was actually surprised when he said yes to the offer of a release. And what a release! This is a huge ecstatic roar of an album and it remains one of my very favourite releases on the label.
""New release from doyen of English bedroom underground scene. Two epic tracks, the first a very skewed take on religious chant which retains a genuine and relevant reverence at the same time as it forges a whole new path through both laptop electronica and devotional music. The second is a huge track characterised by ripping great digitally distorted drones which seem intent on tearing through the bullshit (Maya?) to reveal a clearer world beyond... All recorded on a small island off the coast of Scotland..."
"Both Katotohanan and what makes me dive in headfirst were composed between November 2001 and January 2002 during a sojourn on the Scottish island of Jura.
Thanks go to Antony Milton, for his enthusiasm and encouragement; to Charles Talabis, for his voice; to Rose and Charles Fletcher for Rose Cottage; and to Ani Ngawand Drölma for the introduction. "
The culmination of months of inspired slog by Mr Sterile (Kieran Monaghan and Chrissie Butler) is an album that ranges from The Ex like rhythmic punk ecstasy to intense NZ rock outs to bliss ambience. PseudoArcana
99 tracks to meditate upon the nature of support in the face of adversity...
99 tracks to dwell upon the value of friendship and solidarity...
99 tracks to celebrate recovery and growth...
99 tracks to consider our own good fortune... John Cratchley
It's been a very busy weekend for Michael with this being the 2nd Gate album(one new and this reissue) to come out along with a solo project. Originally released in 1990, this is the polar opposite of the other Gate record and sounds like it was recorded in Hell's garage in another galaxy, because no one on this planet has caught up even now, 27 years on. It's completely deranged and monumentally magnificent. Gavin Hellyer