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|8mm (usa) #8mm 038 lp|
john w. fail “the 15,000 day boat trip” long playing record
- the 15,000 day boat trip • part 1 (17:37)
- the 15,000 day boat trip • part 2 (15:14)
|november 2009 release ; pristine electro-acoustic work from cenotaph’s john w. fail (responsible for both a criminally under-appreciated quadruple tape-box on c. spencer yeh’s dronedisco &, partially, the “lied music vs. boy-band tax returns” lp on ultra eczema ... as well as full-length collaborations with spiral joy band & ben reynolds) ...|
inhabiting similar head-space as graham lambkin’s recent “softly softly copy copy,” the piece in question here takes it source material from live-played instrumentation (guitar, accordion, violin, casio, xylophone, voice) arranged in increasingly sparse, yet episodic aggregations throughout the a-side (listen to the sound-sample for a few different “chunks”) ... the b-side starts off with a great bit of reed drones & dry, muffled drumming with behind-the-neck guitarisms which gradually receded into a long section of “small sounds” before reconnecting with the piece’s drone-core ...
much of the assembly methods remind me of john clyde-evans’ (né tirath singh nirmala) often aleatoric-feeling loop-constructs, yet here everything’s precise & perfectly measured ... despite the (outrageous, sorry !!! if you only knew what it cost to reliably import italian records these days ...) price, i wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone wishing to hear an impeccably “personal” take on contemporary improv-concrète modes ...
8mm 038 the 15.000 day boat trip lp
|it happens every so often, something astounding arrives out of nowhere. like a revelation from another era that has been trapped between dimensions, floating endlessly through the empty layers of space and time and then suddenly arriving like an ancient message in a bottle.|
the message: “the 15,000 day boat trip” a stunning soundtrack to an imaginary travel through the oceans of the mind, and the wonderful diary of a lonely traveller across the world. my word: this record sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before, a strange alchemy between styles. completely without genre and extending beyond the boundaries of the infinite!
decades of avant garde, are homaged together in a sort of “harmonic schizophrenia” in this unique distillation of (electro) acoustic music, sound collage, spectral folk passages, free improvisation, and an almost orchestral arrangement for violin and strings. each subject is particularly approached and concurring in the creation of an ancestral form of a “blues” hybrid.
if what you ask from a record is the chance to travel with your imagination, close your eyes and you’ll be somewhere between atlantis and utopia floating in the hold of this ship full of ghosts!
music composed, performed and edited by john w. fail (cenotaph audio label, past releases on dronedisco, ultra eczema, lied music, spiral joy band)
mastered by ruradith sadancahaan.
massive nautical-style silkscreened artwork and inserts by cavalo branco.
handnumbered and limited to 300 copies.
i love this album