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Rtuals of Cmmon Lnguage

by Stuart Chalmers & Alan Courtis

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ONE 09:45
TWO 07:59
THREE 09:28
FOUR 08:54


These two alchemists crawl out of their caves right? Hemisphere-wise one is strictly northern, the other a southpaw. With gnarled and crooked fingers they sift grains, stir potions and boil liquids with transmutation in mind.
It’s a four-part mystery for the adventurous listener.

ONE: drift of centuries, wisdom lost and found, the raw rattle of grit rolling in a wellington boot.

TWO: the lonesome wail of giant land seals. Blubber creates a fatty reverb that melts into the sea.

THREE: the shaking of sharp electric fists in the face of mindless, directionless power

FOUR: delicate chopsticks, beautiful and brittle as lightbulb shavings.

Best leave a breadcrumb trail or something. This tape contains deep roots likely to bore through slack flesh into your very soul.
(Joe Murray)


released July 28, 2020

Recorded/edited Autumn/winter 2018

Alan Courtis - Guitars, field recordings, objects etc
Stuart Chalmers - Tape, FX pedals, field recordings, samples, swarmandal

Thanks to Ross at Steep Gloss for releasing this on cassette, Joe for the words




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