Friday, 26 December 2014

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"the labyrinth of the straight line"
Year:    2016
Label:    Editions Mego
Format:    CD
Tracks:    10
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient









Like one of those dreams where you’re in a headwind down a dark tunnel and the light at either end never comes closer, The Labyrinth Of The Straight Line is a typically petrifying yet compelling transmission from Gordon Sharp’s Cindytalk, presented as “a compilation of chimerical poetry” where “ambiguous haikus of agony, melancholy, obscurity and dissensus are unfolding over time”. Almost needless to say but, it’s a markedly different sound to Cindytalk’s previous techno travails with Ancient Methods as In The Mouth Of The Wolf for Diagonal, largely leaving the beats on the floor in favour of absolute abstraction and icy-fingered ambient noise gestures laced with his own, sparingly used vocals that lend a really uncanny presence at times. At its most succinct in the opener, Sea of Lost Hopes’ recursive metallic matrices, the album expands and contracts, freeze and cracks between the sustained intensity of Shifting Mirrors and the guttural 15 minute chasm of A Wolf At The Door, with traces of brittle rhythmic structures coruscating in the bombed out Sleight of Mind and sparking under the surface of the title track and the skeletal stepper In Search of New Realities. But ultimately it’s not all dank AF; the aforementioned glimmers of light do become clearer in the shoegazing resolution of Who Will Choose My Dress and with the alien, hyaline harmonies illuminated by Filthy Sun in Diminished Light, yet they remain deliciously just of reach, always sending you back under in to the cycle to be chewed up and spat out again.
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"A Life Is Everywhere"
Year:    2013
Country:    UK
City:    Endinburgh
Artist:    Gordon Sharp & David Clancy
Label:    Editions Mego
Format:    LP , CD
Tracks:    6
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise             Space             Ambient









CINDYTALK is the life long passion of Scottish singer/musician GORDON SHARP a 37 year journey into the heart of noise-poetry.The work has often been a rigorous study in how we relate to the world and also how we go about negotiating constant change without fear or subserviance to shifting trends and expectations.A dark and fractured first album "CAMOUFLAGE HEART" was released in 1984 to much critical acclaim.The same year Sharp was one of three featured singers on 4AD collective This Mortal Coil's debut album "It'll End In Tears".In 2011 Editions Mego released CINDYTALK's"A LIFE IS EVERYWHERE", an album of searing intensity and heartbreak - a shattering exposition of a displaced, dislocated life that somehow attempts to put sound to the Deleuzian concept of "The Plane Of Immanence".Many twists and turns have brought CINDYTALK, in 2014, to a new, beautifully wonky music family, which features sound engineer DAVID ROS, original Cindytalk member JOHN BYRNE on bass guitar, sound artist MELANIE CLIFFORD performance percussionist " " [sic] VomiTimoV Goldie Abject Bloc and glasgow-based improv duo LUCY DUNCOMBE & KENNETH WILSON.Mixing up all of those abstracted elements with a simple beautifully burning sky of broken melody...
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"Up here in the clouds"
Year:    2010
Country:    UK
City:    Edinburgh
Label:    Editions Mego
Format:    CD
Tracks:    9
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Glitch           Noise





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"The crackle of my soul"
Year:    2009
Country:    UK
City:    Edinburgh
Label:    Editions Mego
Format:    CD ,
Tracks:    10
Time:    42 min.
Genre:    electro
Style:           Noise           Space           Ambient





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"Camouflage heart"
Year:    1984
Country:    UK
City:    Endinburgh
Label:    Midnight Music
Format:    LP , CD
Tracks:   9
Time:    42 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk








Exceedingly dark, cathartic, and at times, virtually unhinged, Gordon Sharp's early-80s incarnation of Cindytalk was a dazzlingly self-indulgent gloom-fest that anticipated the industrial-rock movement years before the genre even had a name. Best known for his fine contributions to the first This Mortal Coil project, It'll End in Tears, Sharp's work in Cindytalk is far more visceral and far less ethereal than what was emanating from the 4AD label at the time. While Gothic in mood, Camouflage Heart, Cindytalk's 1984 debut, has a dirty, gritty undertow that makes it sound something like Peter Murphy in full vampire-mode fronting The Birthday Party (in fact, Mick Harvey appears on "Under Glass"). On the standout track,"The Ghost Never Smiles," Sharp's eerie, wailing vocals sound like they are emanating from the bottom of a well as a dull tribal beat and guitar feedback carry the song toward what feels like a free-fall into the abyss. Truly harrowing stuff. Want to join me there?
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