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Genre pick of the week Cover of Book Of Romance And Dust by Exit North.

Exit North

Book Of Romance And Dust

    Exit North Announces Lush, Atmospheric and Melancholic Debut Recording Book of Romance and Dust. New quartet featuring Japan co-founder Steve Jansen, Thomas Feiner, Ulf Jansson, and Charlie Storm traces the edges of darkness and hope across a nuanced, provocative song cycle Exit North’s Book of Romance and Dust is an uncompromising and unconventional debut album that explores the collective psyches and diverse influences of its renowned members. Over a 4-year collaborative timeline, Steve Jansen, Charlie Storm and Thomas Feiner have contributed in multiinstrumentalist capacities and Ulf Jansson has focused on piano and keyboards. All the instruments one associates with the world of rock are involved, but employed within an eclectic mindset. The recording also features trumpet, harmonium and a string quintet.

    Legendary jazz bassist Lars Danielsson contributes upright bass. Feiner’s deep, rich vocals are vivid and emotional. They pair perfectly with the recording’s spectral qualities, incorporating the ambient and orchestral, the meditative and kinetic. The album is one that rewards repeated engagement. Full of layers and complex lyrical turns of phrase, the record requires an investment to absorb. It also includes an instrumental in “North” that finds Jansson conveying melodic intrigue in the absence of a voice. “The group has a patience and attention to detail that I find rare to come across these days,” said Jansen. “Most people want to rush the process and find the nuggets as quickly as possible, but the years spent on this album have been well worth it. The recording reflects a constant pursuit for the best we can achieve without a concern for the time it takes. This type of music is timeless, so there is no bandwagon to rush towards. We each have great attention to detail and a determination to avoid superfluous musical and lyrical content. We wanted to dig deep and express our connections with music and make the type of album we felt represented a culmination of our years of experience.” A co-writing partnership first formed when Feiner worked with Jansen on his 2007 solo album Slope. Jansen sensed a kindred spirit and pursued a long-term working relationship. Feiner was already partnering with Jansson on other projects and brought him into the fold. The trio officially planted the seeds for a new group.

    Feiner then realised the potential of inviting renowned Swedish producer and engineer Charles Storm to join the group. The two met years earlier at a Jansen performance in Stockholm, so Feiner was aware of Storm’s appreciation for Jansen’s previous output. They also had a mutual friend in Jansson. Everyone felt a sense of trust, shared experiences and camaraderie that informed their sessions. “The creative process for us is successful because we can communicate progress in composition and structure without being too precious about personal choices,” said Jansen. “The tracks have been through a number of changes and this process of raising the bar was only achieved by never resting on our laurels or believing one person’s own way is the best way. It’s truly a collaborative band in that sense. It’s why we credit all the music to the entire group.” Exit North is truly about generating an aural gravity that pulls the best out of its participants. Those who admire Jansen’s instrumental, experimental solo output, as well as his song-based work with Japan and Rain Tree Crow, will find much to enjoy on Book of Romance and Dust. Similarly, the audience Feiner has cultivated with his group Anywhen and its acclaimed recording The Opiates, will encounter a related, spacious aesthetic. Jansson and Storm have also worked on countless sessions across myriad genres that have enriched the global mindset they brought to this expansive ensemble. 

    Cavern Of Anti-Matter

    In Fabric

      Limited edition promo 7" for the Peter Strickland film In Fabric - 287 copies pressed. This is a one-off pressing. 

      Charalambides

      Charalambides: Tom And Christina Carter

        Charalambides founders Tom & Christina Carter follow a vision of iconoclastic music as transformative force. Touching on the outer limits of acid folk, psych rock, and improvisation, their sound remains uniquely personal & consistent.

        Since 1991, Charalambides has released many recordings on labels like Siltbreeze, Kranky & Wholly Other. Despite Tom and Christina Carters prolific solo careers and numerous other projects, Charalambides has existed in an unbroken trajectory for over two-and-a-half decades, outlasting the genres that critics and other yardstick-makers have tried to cram them into.

        Their recent performances and recordings retain the directness and delicate menace that mark their early releases, even as they explore an interlocking musical telepathy honed by years of artistic collaboration. Aptly tilted Charalambides: Tom and Christina Carter, the newest album from Charalambides furthers the duos deep psychic understanding of music. Laid down in two sessions with no overdubs, the album entwines their best-known approaches into a raw, fragile, wordless and hypnotic whole. Its definitely the duo at their most exquisite.

        Joe Oxley is the self-styled one-man electro / psych machine behind TVAM - arguably producing the biggest dancefloor action Wigan has seen since the legendary Casino closed its doors in the 1970’s . As 6Music’s Lauren Laverne observed “It’s like someone took Spiritualized to the club!!”

        Hypnotic tracks which straddle an impressive spectrum of influence; with Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia, Suicide’s deconstructed rock ’n’ roll and My Bloody Valentine's infinite noise all becoming touching points in Oxley’s musical output.

        TVAM gigs blur the boundary between art and performance; via a large television sat on an 80’s secondary school-style podium, a VHS video recorder projects long-forgotten Mondo movies alongside vintage footage often sourced from hours spent poring through charity shop shelves – “What started as a passing interest became an obsession. I found so many seemingly random videos, each with its own individual meaning, now estranged from their owners. Did these people ever take up calisthenics? Did they install a model railway in their spare bedroom? Did they learn to communicate more effectively with their teenage children? Did they find something in those high-speed rally crash videos unseen by us today..?

        I love the process of chopping things up and splicing back together; creating new meaning out of thin air. Combining this with the music I was making, I knew the performance had to fit. Somewhere between Adam Curtis and BBC Schools… somewhere between ‘Threads' and ‘Words & Pictures’.”

        Self-produced and home-recorded, the album was mixed by the steady hands of Dean Honer (Moonlandingz, I Monster, Add (N) To X) - “It was great working with Dean. I’m a massive Add N To (X) fan and, after hearing what he was doing with Moonlandingz, I knew he’d get where I was coming from. Though having seen his collection of synths I now need to up my game.”

        TVAM has remixed Amber Arcades, The KVB, TOY, FEWS and is currently putting fin-ishing touches to a remix for Tunng (who are returning the favour, watch this space…)

        Crafting a world which touches on our memories but toys with our fears, a world in which information seeps under your door and pools by your feet, a world in which he seeks to define everything from abandoned meanings to subconscious desires, Psychic Data invites us to experience the psychodrama first hand.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Throbbing psychedelic riffage, phased vocal harmonies rolling along with the hazy atmospherics, TVAM have managed to mix their latent gloomy post-punk aethetic with a more driven dancefloor orientated style to great effect.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive orange vinyl.

        The Wire

        Issue 417 - November 2018

          This issue includes the latest Wire Tapper CD, free to all readers with The Wire 417 November issue

          Inside this issue:

          Windrush Vibrations: The arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 marked a new era of Afro-Caribbean immigration that changed UK music for (the) good. With London’s Barbican marking the 70th anniversary in a Windrush concert this month, Jason Yarde, Lez Henry, Mykaell Riley, Anthony Joseph and others reflect on seven decades of black British music

          Mhysa: The alter ego of interdisciplinary artist E Jane strikes a tender blow for radical black femininity. By Tirhakah Love

          Guttersnipe: The Leeds duo process extreme emotions to undermine masculinity via noise, rhythm and patterns of interference. By Abi Bliss

          Bone Head: California raised producer keeps it kitsch. By Steph Kretowicz

          Anja Kanngieser: The sound artist and radio producer pits spoken word and field recordings against climate change. By Lewis Gordon

          Preacherman: The synth odysseys of Tim Jones hit back at a world of conspiracy. By Claire Sawers

          Hairbone: Chaos reigns for the New York City performance trio. By Kurt Gottschalk

          Global Ear Barunga: Indigenous art is thriving in Australia’s Northern Territory. By Marcus Boon

          Invisible Jukebox Nkisi: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection be met with a resounding NON? Tested by Meg Woof

          The Inner Sleeve: Weirdcore on Aphex Twin’s T69 Collapse

          Epiphanies: Musician and writer Anthony Joseph on Mighty Sparrow’s calypso


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