The 3rd EP from The Last Sound.
'Fire Spun' refines into a joyous, daylight melancholy - at once immensely majestic, deeply comforting and sweetly infectious. 'Cold Is The Brittle Hand' shimmers with a brief meticulous sweep of platinum and vocals of glossolalia that flow serenely into 'Fina Rotore' - a glorious shimmer-pop which swoops and floats and morphs into a subtle space-pop drone.
An unnamed, unordered jumble of parts of these three tracks were then given to a handpicked collection of artists to remix. The results are blended into a 30 minute, 9 track mix, with segues between the tracks synthesised by Whirling Hall of Knives (WHOK). Gland & Conduit (aka Meljoann and Herv) open it up by recontextualizing digital residue into a variety of melodic & rhythmic structures. Gauzy glitch and crackle swarm over a pulsing drone into the first of four otherwordly WHOK segues. Ikeaboy takes the melody of 'Fire Spun' and produces a wonderfully stripped-down remix - foreboding and sublime. After WHOK segue #2, John Cohen (one half of the awesome Dead Fader) produces a deep mix of textural & emotional feel. WHOK segue #3 fades into the Magnetize mix which opens with a maelstrom of murkiness before a rumbling bass drum arises out of the atmospheric eeriness and the track opens up to a glacial dirge - strangely melodic and dreamlike. Finally WHOK segue #4 leads us to the Shaolin Wooden Men (one alias of Australian underground legend Ollie Olsen) mix - a textural soundscape full of ambient shimmer, gently oscillating melody, mysterious noises, soothing drones, and occasional beats that sound sampled from a mad scientist's laboratory - and amazing it is too.
Released by: Nute Records
Release/catalogue number: NUTE005
Release date: November 11 2010
"When ah were a lad, shoe gaze was all the rage. Sonic Youth were the now, My Bloody Valentine were the kings of cool and every indie band worth their salt finished their set in a skull splitting wall of fuzzy chaos. But then that giant noisy wave crashed and went quiet. Bands went for clarity and the meaningful buck while prog turned off the delay and got technical.
However, it never truly left us. Every now and then a band would pop up and remind us what was great about bands with guitars that had the washing machine in a cave sound, sub sub bass, cheap 80s drum machines and mumbled vocals. And now Last Sound has popped up to answer the call.
This is truly brilliant. It’s perfectly executed, if such a thing can be said about shoe gaze, and it just feels like days gone by. Songs take their time to bloom, vocals are more instrumentation than statement, bass lines pull the mood along, synths envelope, modulate and texturise, drums try their best not be noticed.
You’ve heard all the parts before on b-sides from the likes of Cranes, My Bloody Valentine, Loop, The Cure and even Ride, but it lightens the soul to be reminded how great this music was and how great it can be again as evident by this release."
Wearenoise, March 2011