Originally released as a deluxe double C60 cassette boxset in 2010 this download includes all artwork from that release.
The debut from The Real Life Tragedies. Based around the core grouping of Antony Milton and Mark Williams (of Bad Statistics and Marineville etc) The Real Life Tragedies have a floating membership of various Wellington based music icons. These include Greg Cairns (King Loser, Sferic Experiment, The Renderers,The Verlaines etc), Jeremy Coubrough (Mandrake, Signer, Orchestra of Spheres) and Simon O'Rorke (Glory Fckn Sun). The music ranges from droning psyche to cosmic blues to motorik krautrock grooves. In fact the whole concept for the band and its output is largely based on a nostalgia for 80s mixtapes from various members collections. Overall the feel is relatively upbeat, almost 'pop' in fact, but with enough persistent psychedelic weirdness to draw in those who have perhaps withdrawn from the world to the depths of the mossy cave of the deep underground..
The 2 tapes in the box are ostensibly separate albums.. Tape One, entitled 'Passages', is essentially a drone record inspired by the very warehouse in which the recording sessions took place. Some years ago Greg Cairns, in a fit of perhaps over-excited folly, bid on and won an online auction for approx 100 electronic organs. Unable to find happy homes for all of these the remainder are now stored in this warehouse. The 2 sides of 'Passages' document improvisations (guitar/percussion/keyboards..) that interact with the sound of the taped-down key drones of as many of these organs as could be turned on without blowing the buildings power.
Tape Two, 'Winter Lamp', is much more varied. Side A starts off with an ecstatic rocking single chord freakout and finishes with a shimmering beautiful ensemble piece that reaches for the stars. Side B starts off traversing similar if slightly more psychedelic terrain before veering into a solid chunking no-wave funk piece before the set is closed with a hugely overdriven track that starts out sounding like Flies Inside the Sun but undergoes an explosive metamorphosing to become some sort of extreme-noise antipodean Endless Boogie..
We wish we were releasing this as a triple vinyl LP but PseudoArcana is in New Zealand and such things are simply too expensive to do from here.. And so instead we pulled out the stops to produce the very best cassette packaging that we could devise... Inevitably enough it sold out in a few weeks so finally heres another option..
released August 19, 2011
The Real Life Tragedies: